As long time readers know, I cut off my 2.5 feet of braid in December. I have noticed how many more people smile at me in meetings, compliment my work and other such things since. These are nice things but the only difference in me is the length of my hair. If I was a jerk before, I can assure you that I am just as big of a jerk now. If I was nice before, I haven't become any nicer.
Fools they are.
Those who practice, to steal a term from Jason Miller, Strategic Sorcery, could use this type of thing as a prime example of something to use to influence things in your direction. People's prejudices are powerful.
For those that seek within, which can also include those indicated in the above paragraph, this is a prime example of how your own prejudices can fool you. Find them. Root them out. Destroy them!
Imagine yourself a busines owner that sees less talent in someone because of a manner of dress or other superficial quality. Does that prejudice make or cost you money? Get rid of it. Imagine yourself in a need of a friend, only to pass someone by that looks differently than you. We all hold this sort of silliness as a life truth but if we look closer, we will realize that we've been programmed to be superficially influenced. Rewrite the programming!