So I have been asked many times everyday... why did you cut your hair? Why the fro? Why go natural? The real answer, the truth... hm! I could say personal or religious reasons, it's due to hair breakage or hair damage... but the real answer is because I wanted to. I was tired of not wearing my hair the way I really wanted to; tired of it all. I have been wanting to stop relaxing since I graduated high school. However, going to school in the south, hair was gold. Beauty was determined mostly by your hair. I wasn't that confident in myself to do what I wanted so I went with the relaxer.
You want to be unique and stand out, but not for the wrong reasons. You want to be different but not odd. So you fall into this trap to do enough to fit in, but different enough to be noticed. So after senior prom I did not stop relaxing but I did stop going to shops. I mean 1. you save money 2. you save time and 3. you can do mostly what they do yourself. So although I wasn't going natural I did have my natural style. I had styled my hair every different style you can think of, almost every different color. I always looked at my hair and asked myself, "why haven't you gone natural yet?" My hair would grow too fast and every time it grew past my shoulders I would cut it. I wasn't happy with it, I was settling for the relaxer cause I thought it was easier and simpler.
Fortunately when I turned 30 I was done and I wanted to make a decision. So I would spread out the relaxing of my hair more and more till my 31st birthday came around and that was the last time I relaxed it! I let it grow out for 6 months, the new growth was getting longer and longer... I finally stopped thinking about it, cause the more you think about it the less likely you are to go through it... It got to the point where school was out and I had nothing but opportunity.
I got up one morning washed my hair, looked in the mirror and just... cut it! It was gone! Once you cut it, that's it no going back. I looked through pictures of all my relaxed do's and just smh... So I just think that this is just another step on my hairdo ladder! I actually feel more relaxed now then when I had to relax my hair. It was a bit scary. I did not know if I was really going to go through it. But I thought to myself...Ain't nothing to it... but to do it. Just another page in my hair chronicles!
"At the end of the day... Just do You, after all... hair is fashion too!"
Omnia Vincit More/Fashion Conquers All