I was perusing the forum this morning, and happened on a post by someone who was experimenting with going shampoo-less, and freaking out at the condition of her hair.
This is not to get on the case of people who are freaking out about their looks. I freak out plenty my ownself over various things. But it got me thinking.
Have we so conquered nature, genetics, our own human-ness that we NEED to look good all the time? Either to ourselves or others?
There is an unspoken agreement for most jobs, and even just being out in public, that we look presentable. Clean, and groomed to various degrees.
But what if we don't conform to the narrow idea of what that looks like. If your hair freaks out over baking soda, how does that change our situation? Will we lose a job because of a bad hair week? Will others think less of us?
Sadly, the answers might be 'yes'. Man is still a status pack animal, even in a modern democracy. And looks make up a good component of out status. People treat us certain ways, we even treat ourselves certain ways, based on how we look.
Will the subliminal thought be, how can she control the accounts, if she can't even control her hair?
Even a turban for the transition time, might be thought of as too strange. People might start thinking of you as 'that weirdo'. And (most) men can't even attempt the turban without extremer reactions.
Remember the flurry of news stories a few years back, about people shaving their heads in emotional solidarity with loved ones undergoing chemo? Bald became chic and acceptable, but only because of the underlying REASON.
Is our reason of wanting to be more primal regarding the amount of chemicals we put on our bodies acceptable to society at large? I think not. And face it, we still would have to provide the reason, for even a minimum of acceptance.