Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Rhia looked at her long tresses, caressing them, playing with them – sometimes tying them in a top knot, sometimes, in a half pony, using her fingers to hold them up for a few seconds before letting them fall down again. She spent a full fifteen minutes preening in front of the mirror.

It wasn’t just the hair. Could she actually trust the hairstylist? What if he messed up? What if the new look actually didn’t suit her? Was she doing the right thing by putting in so much faith in a stranger – that too with her thick, luxurious tresses.

Forget whether the new look would suit her or not. What would her husband say? She knew he loved her hair. Often he’d wrap his fingers around the loose tendrils that framed her face and play around with them. She loved it when he did that. What if the new style left nothing to curl around his fingers.

Rhia thought for a moment longer. Did she really want to do this? From somewhere inside of her came a resounding ‘yes’. She picked up her phone and made an appointment with the salon for the next day.

This was one decision she’d go through with. After all, it wasn’t every day that one could gift Hair to a Cancer patient.

  • Namratha Varadharajan
    Posted at 00:48h, 09 April Reply

    I have been awhile getting here, but I have liked what I found. Rhia might be vain, but she has her heart in the right place

  • talesofsuchita
    Posted at 09:13h, 09 April Reply

    I love how all your tales end. A twist that gives it a whole new meaning.

  • Balaka
    Posted at 11:04h, 09 April Reply

    I loved the last line. Even a small act of kindness should be appreciated.

  • Akshata Ram
    Posted at 11:11h, 09 April Reply

    So nice that she heard her inner voice, not just the cancer patient but for herself. Women are often nervous when it comes to a new hairstyle, sometimes its good to shed the inhibitions and just go for it

  • Varad
    Posted at 16:06h, 09 April Reply

    Hair will grow back. It’s not like gift an ear or finger. That’s why we have no qualms in pledging hair to Gods 😛 Glad she listened to her inner voice.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 18:55h, 09 April Reply

      True, but for some even that it is not consolation enough. Whenever I get a hair cut, it is with a heavy heart. 😛 😀 Thank you, so much!

  • Novemberschild
    Posted at 16:35h, 09 April Reply

    The simple yet generous act of donating your hair can help a female cancer patient feel like herself again.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 18:58h, 09 April Reply

      True. I had pledged to myself to do exactly that whenever I got my next hair cut. But by the time I actually got one, I had already forgotten. I remembered right after the salon staff swept the floor and dumped it all in the trash. Still kicking myself. Chalo, next time sahi. 🙁

  • sayeridiary
    Posted at 12:47h, 10 April Reply

    I always do things what my heart tells…I dont even think twice. So soemhow I can relate myself with Rhia.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 13:52h, 10 April Reply

      What’s there to think twice about if you’re doing a good deed, right? That’s what helped Rhia make the difficult decision. Glad you agree. 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • Sayanti aka Shine
    Posted at 16:53h, 10 April Reply

    It’s really difficult for a girl to donate her beautiful hair to another girl. She can help a cancer patient in a different way. I didn’t get it why Rhia took such decision. Could you help me, please?

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 20:40h, 10 April Reply

      Exactly for the same reason that you mentioned above. Her hair is her most treasured possession. For her to gift something she loves so much is a meaningful gesture on her part. Also, that it’s just something I feel very strongly about. I had meant to donate my hair too, but the last time I got a hair cut I completely forgot to save my hair and am still kicking myself for it. 🙁 This is probably just my way of trying to feel less bad about forgetting. Rhia gets to do what I couldn’t.

  • A wallflower
    Posted at 08:57h, 11 April Reply

    You’re touching the hearts by your writing 🌼

  • Tina Sequeira
    Posted at 11:24h, 30 April Reply

    The title has a much deeper significance and meaning when one gets to the bottom of the story. Love the way you spun this tiny tale. Profound and well done as always , Piyusha! 🙂

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