Is it normal that people have been treating me better since my haircut?
I'm female. I got my hair cut short, in a wispy pixie bob style, after it kept getting in my eyes. It's very different from my normal look.
My experience of going about life in public has changed since the hair transformation. Random people smile at me more when they talk to me and tolerate my eccentricity more. People look at me more. Train ticket inspectors let me past without demanding to see my ticket, when before they used to stand and tut while I fumbled around in my bag for it. People forgive me for things they didn't use to. Shopkeepers are more obliging when I ask them if they have something in stock. Even my boss at work speaks to me in a less condescending tone.
It's weird. All I did was get a haircut.
If you're down on your luck, the advice I've read is that one of the most worthwhile investments is a haircut. Whether or not this saying is true, I can see how people have been treating me more kindly since I got one. The question is... is it normal for them to do that? And with short-haired women in particular?