There’s definitely a cultural element. Being Black and hair…that’s a big thing. People asking to touch your hair, comparing it to a sheep…I’ve heard it all. But my secondary school is majority black. And being mixed, there, I was always too white. People would say, your hair was so long, why would you ever do that! As a Black woman, your hair is a lot of your beauty, and if it’s short, you’re ‘nappy,’ or ‘baldheaded.’ A lot of stuff that’s masculinising, and Black women in general can just be made out to be masculine anyway. To have your hair short is definitely seen as…there’s a particular feeling about being able to grow your hair long, and then choosing to cut it. A lot of people gave me very dirty looks. And there were a lot of jokes, like I could have made it into a wig, why didn’t you give it to me! A lot of people just looked at me like I’d gone insane, or I’d turned myself ugly, or something, because I wasn’t this thing that they’d all been taught was beautiful.