So these are the most recent pictures of my hair (well not most recent, I’m wearing it straight atm). I want to go shorter, but I don’t know how much shorter. I don’t typically get that much shrinkage, maybe 25%-50%. I want the change, but I also kinda just want my hair to be even.
I just attempted cutting my split ends, and silently lamented yet again not big chopping when I had the chance. For those who don’t know what that means: its when you just cut your hair off and start over; its mainly used for women who are going from relaxed to natural hair.
My hair has grown much healthier and thicker since I started transitioning, but I still have a lot of split, damaged ends and permanent heat damage. Plus, my hair just isn’t quite even. I wish now more than ever that I had just cut my hair 2 years ago when I made the decision to go natural. My hair would most likely be around the same length it is now, plus I wouldn’t have had that awkward transition phase. But I was way too much of a wimp then. I’m even more of a wimp now; I’m much too scared to cut it now because after 2 years of this, I’m kinda attached.
That’s not necessarily true; I do want to cut it, I’m just not sure how short I want to go. I kinda have to cut it actually, cause its slightly shorter on one side. I got a little loose with the scissors. Its not like, awful to look at, but it is kind of noticeable.
I have no clue what to do
lol my mini twists actually look better now after a month and a vigorous washing. Maybe I won’t take them out like I originally planned.
Nah, they’re all fuzzy now from the washing. And besides, I need to cut my hair. But perhaps I’ll get them redone
Translation: I don’t think black women should wear their hair as it naturally grows out of their heads because that’s ugly and doesn’t look enough like the straight white folk hair I’ve been socialized to idealize.
This is some bullshit. This person will probably grow up and discriminate against black women in the workforce based on this bullshit. Someone tell me again that there aren’t tangible disadvantages to wearing your hair natural as a black woman. I dare you.
For real tho. Do you know how long it takes for me to shape this just the right way? No, you cannot. Stop looking at it. It doesn’t like you.
Fresh out of the shower hair, still dripping wet and shizz.
Also, random appearance from my friend Amanda.
Getting a lot more comfortable with the fro. It looks a lot better today I think. Btw, that was me attempting to do a thumbs up.
Though I have made peace with the fro, I’m ready for a new change. One thing I keep hearing about in the Natural Hair World is the importance of protective styles. Now especially because the winter weather can be harsh on hair (no matter what hair type you have). Although recently, the weather here has been spastic at best. Also, I have fragile ends as it is, so a protective style is in my best interest. I mentioned to my mom the last time I saw her that I wanted to get my hair done proper at a natural hair salon, but that they were unnaturally expensive (see what I did there?). To my surprise, my parents called me today and told me to call them back with a salon and a price and pretty much implied that they’d pay (most likely due to a recent tax check). So now, I’m trying to decide what to do and where to go to get it done.
I’ve basically narrowed it down to two styles
As you can see, there is many inventive and fun things you can do with micro twists. Also, they’re pretty easy to maintain.
Or, a Curly Weave:
I was thinking around the likes of Rihanna
Or a la Miss Wynter Gordon (my napsperation)
The question is, where to go to do these things, and how much will they cost. In my experience with weaves and from what I know about hair salons, the weave would prolly be cheaper (this includes the cost of hair. braiding hair is much cheaper than extensions, but the procedure in general is still more) and not take as much time. But it takes a lot more maintenance and doesn’t last as long. I mean it can, but you have to be really diligent about taking care of it. And I told myself that it would be a while before I got another sew-in weave (its been more than a year tho). Also, these are two different processes that are done in two different kinds of salons. I’m leaning more towards the mini twists, but I don’t really know anything about braiding salons.
I think I’m gonna go with the twists, but to find a good salon. Guh. Decisions are too hard.
…and here too
Today, I was Afro-Fabulous. Maybe if I feel like it, I’ll take a pic of the whole outfit.
I call this style “I washed my hair the other day and didn’t feel like pulling out the flat iron”. My fro was well received, but I still don’t feel happy with it. After about a year and some change of transitioning, there are still a lot of pieces of my hair that are relaxed, making doing anything to it wildly complicated. I’d like to go to one of those fancy African braiding salons and get it done for real, but they want too much money. Unless I flat iron it, my hair just refuses to completely cooperate with me. But I want to cut back on using straighteners because once you lose your hair to heat damage, that’s it.
Guh, I may start up a donation. A “Save the Fro” fund.