I always get the desire for change as it gets closer to my birthday. This year change was enacted on my hair. I had been wearing my hair perm free for about a year and a half after I had this epiphany that there was really no point to it for me: 1. I was only getting perms about every 3 to 6 months and then 2. It really didn’t make my hair that much straighter than I could get it (or my hairstylist) with a flat iron. When I asked my mom why she gave me one in the first place she told me it lessened the thickness of my hair and made it more manageable.
I definitely can see that as my hair is quite thick…lol But I decided why spend the extra money on a perm if I really don’t need it? And so I stopped. I continued to flat iron and no one knew the difference. But then I started to get tired of the hassle of flat ironing and starting experimenting with twist outs and braid outs. I couldn’t do a wash and go yet, because my hair had two textures going on. So I kept on with the braid out, twist out and flat ironing until I just got tired. I made up my mind to cut it off and hopefully have one texture.
But it still took me time to do it. It is always hard to hear your inner voice when you have people telling you that you are crazy to cut your hair or encouraging you because it apparently is the right thing to do. Honestly, the naturalistas can be quite crazy in their hair nazism, but so can chemically treated ones. I think it is important for everyone to have the right to decide what to do with their OWN hair. And once they make that decision, they should not try to force their opinions about the “right way” to wear your hair unless it is asked.
Anyway, I am done venting. The bottom line is that I chopped my hair off because I am lazy(exercise 5X a week and crazy school life will do that to you) and more importantly wanted to see my curls. The glorious curls that started to develop in the lower part of my head. I wanted to see them everywhere. So for my upcoming 32nd birthday, I decided to make the decision to let my curls be free and hopefully low maintenance for the time being.
Although, it was a little traumatic–I hadn’t had my hair this short since I was in high school and before that, as an infant. So I mourned the length, not the straightness.
Here’s me in the chair about to have it chopped:
Join me on my curly journey. I will probably post a pic of my head once a month so you can see the curly progress.
So to all of my naturalista and curly head friends, what inspired you to cut your hair or leave it curly? To my buds who rock chemicals, what inspires you to do so? Either way, tell me what you love about your hair?