written by Martina

A Transformal haircut

Shortly before the Transformal, I went to a local hairdresser (as a boy) to have my real hair, of which there is not very much, cut. I also took a new human hair wig with me thinking I would pluck up the courage to ask the hairdresser if she could re-colour, cut and style it for me. She said she had never done it before but was willing to try; however, she would need someone to wear it while she was working on it. She then asked who it was for. I said: "If I told you it was for me, would you faint?" She laughed: a good start I thought. Sadly though, she could not fit me in before the weekend and the deal was off. (I wore a synthetic wig to the dance.)


Shortly before the Transformal, I went to a local hairdresser (as a boy) to have my real hair, of which there is not very much, cut. I also took a new human hair wig with me thinking I would pluck up the courage to ask the hairdresser if she could re-colour, cut and style it for me. She said she had never done it before but was willing to try; however, she would need someone to wear it while she was working on it. She then asked who it was for. I said: "If I told you it was for me, would you faint?" She laughed: a good start I thought. Sadly though, she could not fit me in before the weekend and the deal was off. (I wore a synthetic wig to the dance.)

The following week, I went back with the wig and made an appointment. I asked Elizabeth, the hairdresser, if it was OK if I came as a girl. She said no problem. So on Thursday I turned up in a pretty dress and a short wig but with the new wig in a bag. After swapping wigs, Elizabeth and her apprentice set to work and about 2 hours later I emerged a new and happier woman. While I was there, Elizabeth, who was not shy about asking questions, wanted to know more and I told her my history and about what being transgender meant. I added that it had been a very positive experience for me, a voyage of self-discovery and enlightenment, and really becoming myself for the first time. I was delighted that she seemed to have no hang-ups about the subject and was willing to explore and ask questions. I wish there were more people like her who are willing to accept that for some of us being male or female are not the only options.

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