[image description: A blue-eyed blonde in a scoop-neck black shirt, leather jacket, and blue tiger-eye necklace on a silver chain stands in front of a chart of classic hair/wig styles – many of which are named ‘Bob’. Text reads, “131, Simon ~ The Small God of Hairdos”]
She will help you find your better self.
Beauty is only skin deep, but hair is a form of art, and she is Michelangelo, she is DaVinci and O’Keefe and Franzetta. She sits at the intersection of sculpture and painting and fabric art, spinning her transitory wonders, and as long as you think you look perfect, she knows that you are. She knows that for all of us, looking into the mirror and seeing what we expect to see can be the most powerful sacrament in a universe filled with benedictions.
She is in the bleach and the blow-dry, in the shampoo and the set, and she attends most open-casket funerals, to make sure that even on our way out of this world and into the next, we aren’t ashamed to be seen. All she asks is that we find a way to be ourselves, that we breathe in deep of the setting chemicals and the salon air, sweet with chemical processes and bright with overhead lighting, and consider who we most desire to be.
Hair is forever transitory. Hair can change, and no style is inherently forever. So wear it the way that makes you happiest, and know that you do so with Simon’s blessing. She has changed before. She will change again. To live is to change, in ways both large and small. Hair keeps growing, no matter how perfectly it may be styled in the moment, and she wants you to grow. Even if you grow away from her, she wants you to grow.
She takes coffee with Tesla Jefferson at least twice a week. She spends her evenings looking over swatches with Polly Chrome. And she is happy. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. Simon is a happy god, and she wants that same joy for you, whatever it costs.
Whatever it takes.
Just trust your stylist.
Artist Lee Moyer (13th Age, Cursed Court) and author Seanan McGuire (Middlegame, Every Heart a Doorway) have joined forces to bring you icons and stories of the small deities who manage our modern world, from the God of Social Distancing to the God of Finding a Parking Space.
Join in each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a guide to the many tiny divinities: