This is a weird question, I know. I wonder why one would be made to choose between the two. I can’t see myself not doing either for obvious reasons but l’ll indulge myself a bit.
Can I manage not brushing my hair for the rest of my life? Most probably. If you braid your hair frequently, you’d only need it for the stray hairs but you can use your hand if a brush is not available. Life can go on perfectly without a brush, I think.
On the other hand, I can’t see myself going on teeth-brushing strike for even one day. For those who manage to eat breakfast before brushing their teeth, I wonder how they do it. I make sure to have my mouth freshened up before I say a word after I wake up. And living in a society where most delicacies are really spiced up such that anyone who comes close gets an idea of what you just ate, I doubt how I can survive giving up my toothbrush and paste.
So perhaps the question can be rephrased this way; would you rather look unkempt or have bad breath? Because the whole idea of giving up on brushing your hair is looking scruffy everywhere you go; just as the latter implies having to live with bad breath. Does it make you reconsider your first answer or not?
First impressions count; someone would see you looking unkempt and immediately forms a perception about you even if he/she didn’t give you a chance to clear the air by speaking directly to him/her. Some people have missed out on many great opportunities due to their appearance which is unfortunate. But you can’t blame people-appearance goes a long way to determine if you’re responsible. If you can’t take care of yourself enough to appear presentable, how can one trust you to be responsible with anything else? Some people might be considerate enough to excuse your unkempt look on one occasion but not as your constant appearance.
Bad breath is terribly awkward for the one suffering it as well as the people with whom one comes into contact. It can cast you into isolation at social events and sentence you into a permanent topic for gossip and mockery. No one wants that.
In light of this, I’d rather give up on brushing my hair knowing that I can still appear neat (the question didn’t say combing as well, right? Talk of loophole). So, I think I can manage it. If it is a question of either looking unkempt or having bad breath, hmm…that’s a tough one. I can’t choose as they are both damaging to your image. Can you choose between them?
Tell me what you think. Always a pleasure to read your thoughts and interact with you. Thanks for reading.
© Josephine Amoako 2017