Emer McLysaght: Taking credit for the things we can’t control

There’s no inherent achievement about having curly hair, or avoiding baldness, or being a certain weight at birth. And yet we are praised to the skies for them anyway

22nd November, 2020
Emer McLysaght: Taking credit for the things we can’t control
Having curly hair is just one of many dubious accomplishments we celebrate

I never particularly look forward to a trip to the hairdresser. I typically look in the mirror out of necessity only so the hours of staring at oneself under Hague-worthy lighting does little to encourage me to keep regular appointments.

However, much like the dentist, I am always glad I went. The magazines, the eavesdropping, the vigorous shampooing and swaddling in towels – these are all delights! Every time I sit in the chair –...

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