Interesting side effects

by LP

Those who either know me, have seen my highly edited Instagram-selfies (no, I don’t wake up like this – at all) or have read my LP Style zine, know that since the beginning of this academic year, I’ve been wearing wigs and heaps of make up. The original reason for this was that years of fighting both my hair texture and my hair colour (read: straightening and dyeing), combined with a vitamin D deficiency, heaps of stress and about 5 courses of antibiotics in the last 3 1/2 years, had turned my hair into a thin, destroyed mess. Apparently there’s only so much dead material can take. Apart from that, I was sick and tired of having to spend time and money and still always be unhappy with what my hair looked like. So I decided it was time to let my hair just grow for a while and wear wigs in the mean time.

The heaps of make up came with that, because for some reason I tend to look really weird if I’m only wearing a wig with no make up. I do my make up without a wig on and I know that when I think “Hmm, I’m half a step removed from looking like the MC from Cabaret!” I can put on the wig and look ~natural~. Okay, okay, I look like a total cake face, but at least I don’t look weird anymore. Come to think of it, this is probably because my wigs are all a bit on the theatrical (read: loads of hair) side and the cake face complements it. Another reason for me applying my make up quite royally is that I have a ridiculous make up stash that is on the verge of perishing which I am trying to get through before it actually does.

As a joke I told myself “You know, with the new hair and the new face you might as well pretend to be a new person; somebody who gets to class on time and just gets things done!” And funnily enough, this strategy seems to actually work! I was 5 minutes late only once, handed all my assigments in on time, needed zero extensions, and didn’t have any freak outs while preparing exams or writing papers. I really hope this wasn’t some fluke and that I can keep fooling myself like this, because I actually quite enjoy the process this way, and would love to keep it up for the rest of my studies. *goes to wash her wig in laundry detergent*