Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hair!


Why yes, my hair deserves its own post...because I got a REAL blowout recently!  You know, one that didn't look like I had a massive wig on my head -- ha! (I love my big hair, by the way. I love its wild and craziness...most days. But I admit, some days I just want it to behave.) 

This particular day I wasn't so much wanting it to behave as much as I desperately needed a trim. So I called my hair girl, and she was kind enough to see me on short notice (and after a day full of doing high school girls' hair for prom; I was sure to tip her a little extra for that.).



I was so pleased with the results!  She re-defined my layers. 
Side view.

This is me thinking, "How in the HECK does she get my hair this straight?? Why can't I do this?"


And here is a length check (nevermind the junk in the background; it's the junky junkiest side of my kitchen). Man, do I love having this versatility.  I can have curls/fro one day, and straight hair the next.  Speaking of curly/fro, the downside of straight hair is that it doesn't stay that way for long.  The humidity comes along disturbs your life - ha! This was just an hour or two after coming back from the salon.  As you can see from the flyaway hairs (my hair trying to revert back to its natural state), humidity is the devil!

While I like the straight look, I've actually found that I prefer the curls/fro. I find myself glancing longingly at girls/women with fros/curls in public when my hair is straight. I WANT THAT HAIR is what I find myself thinking - ha!

Another issue I have with wearing my hair straight is that I don't like my hair rubbing against my clothing. In my relaxed days, I didn't care about that kind of stuff.  But I have issues with it now. Cotton rubbing against your hair all day is not your friend. 

And then there's the heat that comes with straight hair.  I cringed inside the whole time my hair girl was blow-drying my hair.  And when she pulled out the flat-irons, I was pretty much dying inside (and yes, I requested all of this). I'm so afraid to lose my curl pattern.  My soul died a little each and every time I touched up my hair up to keep the straight look. 

But so far so good. I'm back curly and I seem to be just as curly before. But I do not want to make a habit of the heat and shoulder-rubbing hair. Give me my fro, and I'm happier.

Last, but not least, I've recently had family and friends decide to let go of relaxers. I'm happy for them because I know the joy they will experience when they're fully natural. I'm often asked what I do to keep my hair up, what products I use, etc. My answer to everyone is the same. After I've answered their initial questions, I'll explain that everyone's hair is DIFFERENT. What works for one person probably won't work for the other. And I tell them not to listen to folks who claim to know it all about natural hair. Get to know YOUR hair, and roll with it. It won't always be easy, and it will take some time getting used to, but it's well worth it. 

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