Stage 1: The Seller: I simply wanted to change my image, but my boyfriend said, “why simply cut it off when you can also sell it?” So, I mixed business with pleasure. I applied through websites of salons wanting to buy hair, and started being called and texted at once. First, there was a woman from another Ukrainian city who asked me to send my hair by post for 2000 UAH ($76) per 100 grams, but I refused because it seemed weird and strange. After that, a man called, who offered to cut my hair first and for me to name my price. This was also weird because it’s hairdressers who should know their prices, not me. I had another offer for 1800 UAH ($69) per 100 grams, and also a woman called who offered the highest price of 2300 UAH ($88) but that again fell through. After, this man Yurii called, the one who cut my hair, and asked me to send a photo first so that he could estimate his price. After having my hair cut I now feel scared that I look bad as no money can replace my beauty. I’m anxious about people’s reactions. But as for how I personally feel about cutting my hair… it’s hard to tell. I don’t know yet.
Allina, 22, Student