After weeks and weeks of whinging to myself over my totally out of style hair, I decided to get a bob cut again. Ironically, the Bob, which I have been told by many is the hairstyle that suits me best, was somehow – for a long time – the hairstyle I most tried to avoid…
Having being a high school student in Taiwan in the ’80s; like everyone else, I had to obey the school’s restrictions on hairstyles and follow the dress code. According to hair-regulation criteria which was first introduced in 1969 by the Ministry of Education (MOE), secondary-school boys were required to sport crew cuts, there had to be no hair on their temples or strange hairstyles. Girls’ hair, had to be ear-length; not dyed; no perms; nor layering.
Although years later, the control of hair in Taiwan’s schools was finally lifted. The painful memories of loosing my individuality and freedom remain. And of course, as soon as I left school, the first thing I did – like many Taiwanese girls – was to grow my hair out as long as I could.
Vowing never to have ear-length hair again, for years even decades, I never broke that promise to myself. My latest bob cut in July was my freshest re-visit to the outdated, ‘student length hairstyle’. I guess that since it’s layered, it’s definitely more stylish than my ‘watermelon head’ from my old school days.
And I must admit, I am growing to love a perfect Bob!!
Photography by Kent Johnson.