As I have mentioned in previous post I have been transitioning to natural hair for a year and five months now. I still have a long way to go to fully get rid of my relaxed ends. At this point I am getting a bit impatient and annoyed at having to deal with two different textures. After many days of playing with the idea in my head I have decided to cut all my straight ends.
I am aware that it will be a big change and that my hair will probably shrink and be shorter than I’ve like but that’s okay. My hair does not define me; it is simply an accessory on my head. Keep that in mind dolls with confidence we can make any hair style work and feel comfortable with ourselves.
I will be getting my hair cut at the Devachan Hair Salon in Broome Street. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a salon that caters specifically to curly hair. Their technique is cutting each curl individually. After much research I found a lot of people who rave about the salon and others whose experience haven’t been as positive. But I decided to check it out for myself.
Here are some pictures of my hair before the cut. I will share my experience at the Devachan Salon and new haircut in a later post.
To blend the two textures I split my hair into four sections and braid it. Once dry I take out the braids. These are the results.
The message I want to share with you dolls is not to become a slave of your hair, beauty isn’t measured by your hair but rather by your confidence and personality. It took me this long to open up to the idea of the big chop. But I finally realized I was allowing my hair to rule my life, placing too much value on my hair and its length to measure my beauty. The length gives me comfort but at the same time a feeling of constrain; constantly having to check my hair through the day to make sure the curls haven’t been lost, avoiding water after my hair has been styled to prevent the straight ends from showing up (makes washing your face more complicated than it should be). I feel tied down and so it is time for change. When the negatives of transitioning started to out weigh the good I knew it was time for change.
And so dolls my advice to you is to do what works for you. Transition until your new growth has gotten to a length you are comfortable to cut at or continue transitioning until you reach the very tip of your relaxed ends, etc. Make sure whatever decision you make you are happy with. As with everything you do in life transitioning to healthy hair should bring you joy and not be a burden or detainment.
The next post will be a video demonstrating how I braid my hair to blend my two textures. And the following will be my new look after the big chop.