Calum McCruden, 21, Student Applied Maths, Glasgow
If its really really sunny its vibrant ginger but in the winter time its a darker colour. It changes with the seasons. The long hair I have had for the last 5 years. Its really warm during winter but its a bit of a hassle to deal with sometimes. Useful at gigs for friends to spot me in the crowd.
I went to my first metal gig when I was in third year at high school and saw some people head banging and thought “oh, I want to do that!”. Long hair also saves a fortune on hair cuts, it used to be down to my waist. I have been growing it for 6 years. got 6 inches cut off a few months ago. I have been told since if I had kept the cuttings it will be worth a lot of money for use in wigs. Especially if you cut it long.
You get noticed by the oppostie sex. Really odd you sstart chatting about hair care products. Strangest line of conversation, “I would never have this conversation with a dude but with you its fine.” Eventually it almost always goes onto hair care products. I have been on night’s out before where I have had random people come up and braid my hair. So I just sit there while they do it.
When you are starting off you need to do it for short intervals. Head-banging is just moving your head up and down or in a circle and if you have short hair it looks nice. I have clashed heads with people and seen them on the floor and been like I am so sorry. I can do it for long periods of time, up and down I can do forever. Round and round I can only do it for a minute of two.
Every ginger person I have met is really quite nice. Generally they are nice people. I feel more Scottish being ginger. You get people trying weegie (Glasgow) accents when you are on holiday. Once I graduate I would shave my beard but I would try and keep it long for as long as possible.