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One of the reasons in which why Sikhism teaches us not to cut our hair is because we need to reach a stage where looks do not matter. Being happy in our natural bodies and accepting the way in which God made us is one of the ways to achieve self-actualisation.

If you do feel like you wish to commit to Sikhi whole heartedly then maybe you try talking to your mother about the way you feel. In terms of split ends, it is natural to get them, your hair renews and grows all the time. There are other ways in which you can take care of your hair to prevent this from happening like not brushing wet hair, excessive use of heat tools i.e. hair dryers etc. It is also important to note that although there is a consensus about keeping bodily hair and it being unhygienic this is simply untrue. It is important to clean your body properly or it is unhygienic regardless of whether you have body hair.

If you wish to follow this path you should feel confident enough to make the right decision for you. If you do not feel like you can make a proper decision just yet there is no need to rush; you can take things slowly and when you truly feel that you want to follow the Sikh lifestyle you will know yourself what do next.