Okay, so lots of people are still talking about Rain's hair and asking questions. I mean, that makes sense. The story's kinda revolving around that right now after all.
But particularly, some people seem to still be agonizing over it. And again, I get that. I do want to stress that I'm in no way upset at anyone for disliking the new look. A lot of people who say they don't like it often apologize; you don't need to apologize for having an opinion though. You're allowed. Express yourself. It's healthy.
I don't know if this is going to ease that, but I think I should be a little transparent for this to those who are saying, "I hope it grows back soon." Will she be growing it back? To answer directly, yes. Of course she will. Her hair was very important to her. However, she's mentioned before that it took a long time for it to get as long as it was, from the fairly standard, short "boy" haircut she used to have in her younger years. jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/a…
She mentions having been growing it since middle school (we're talking like age 12 or 13). That means it'll be YEARS before it gets as long as it was. And while she is starting HRT soon (my own hair grows significantly faster since starting hormones) it's still probably not quite fast enough. Even if Rain's hair grows twice as fast, we're still talking two years instead of four to get it back to where it was. I may draw it a little fluffier to show some progression by the time prom or graduation comes around, but she definitely won't have LONG hair again for the rest of her school year for sure.
The other question a LOT of readers having been asking is, "Why not just get a wig?" The meta answer is that that'd be way too easy. If she could just fix the problem immediately and with little to no issue, then what was even the point of having Rain go through this at all? On a more plot-relevant level, Fara's not particularly wealthy, and a quality wig isn't cheap. Beyond that, I do have a reason in mind for why Rain specifically doesn't want one. She can bring that one up herself later.
But the reality here is that I'm scripting pages from like ten chapters ahead and her hair is still short. This isn't changing any time soon. I'm sorry, but this is something we're going to have to get used to.
Think of it like she's transgender (shouldn't be too hard to imagine, right?). She looks different from the Rain we've known all this time, and it might be hard to adjust. It's an adjustment for her too. But no matter how she looks, she's still Rain. She's the same person she always was.
Yes, this arc is jarring. But this will pass. Rain will continue to grow stronger and wiser as she faces challenges, internal and external. She takes some hard hits sometimes, but she bounces back fast because she knows she needs to. My goal isn't to upset and depress people. My goal with this comic as a whole is, has always been, and will always be about acknowledging that "It's going to be hard sometimes, but I promise you... it doesn't always have to end badly." jocelynsamara.deviantart.com/a…