Topics/tags: Autobiographical, short, pointless
When I was a young adult in college, I decided that I wanted to grow my hair long. I had assumed that it would go down my back, like most people’s hair seems to do. I was wrong. My hair had enough substance that it grew out and up, rather than down. I ended up with more of an Isro  than the flowing locks I had hoped for. If you’ve seen Middle Son when he picks his hair, you’ll have a hint of what my hair looked like .
Now I’m an old adult . I’d like that hairstyle back. But when I try to grow my hair out, I achieve the old goal, rather than the new one. That is, my hair flows down my back , rather than up in the air.
I’ve also discovered that it likes to bind to itself into a mat of sorts. It does that even when I brush regularly and use conditioner . Recently, while attempting to brush out the knots, Michelle noted that a likely cause was my tendency to let my hair sit inside my collar when it’s wet. Who knew ? Perhaps she’s right; I’ve been a bit more careful since she told me and it seems to be matting less.
Now that I’ve solved the matting problem (or at least think I have), I’ve encountered a new problem. When I rolled up the windows in my car today, I managed to get my hair caught in the window without realizing that I had. Opening the door was a surprising experience.
How long will I let it get? I’m not sure. I kind of like the crazy old hippie professor look. It goes well with the coat and tie. And it’s not like I can easily undo the change if I cut it significantly . My hair grows slowly, I’d need to wait a few years until it was back to this length again.
My family has mixed reactions to the concept of cutting my hair. One son regularly suggests that I cut my hair and shave my beard . Another son tells me that he doesn’t like change  and wants me to keep the long hair and beard. The third son doesn’t express much of an opinion. Michelle suggests that if I’m keeping them long, I should get my hair and beard trimmed so that they look neater.
You know what? I probably shouldn’t have mused about my hair; the musing feels as tangled as my hair and, like my hair, doesn’t have a clearly defined end.
Isro is the term some use for the hairstyle that looks like an Afro on Jewish people.
 I never achieved the tight ringlets he has, but I guess I never tried.
 Well, perhaps a middle-aged adult.
 Well, over my shoulders.
 Okay, I don’t know whether it does that if I don’t brush regularly or fail to use conditioner, since I brush and use conditioner. But I expect things would be worse otherwise.
 Probably every woman and man who has had long hair.
 Or, more precisely, have someone else cut it significantly.
 Well, not quite this long.
 It appears that he forgets what I look like beardless.
 Or at least not rapid change.
Version 1.0 released 2018-05-24.
Version 1.1 of 2018-05-24.