It’s almost been a year since my big chop (O_O), and I can honestly say that all of the hair adventures, stories, trials and tribulations, all’at and et cetera have been supremely worth it. I don’t regret one bit of becoming natural and I know I sound like a dayum Dove ad, but ever since chopping off the creamy crack, I’ve never felt more like… me.
Because I told ya’ll I’d make sure to take you all along for the journey, I do have a few updates to share. Leggo!
1. Shrinkage Is SO Real In These Streets. I’d heard about shrinkage before and being aware of my hair in its natural state when I was younger, I knew my curl pattern was tightly coiled. But, since paying more attention to my hair this go-round (country!!), I’ve truly discovered the phenomenon that is shrinkage. When I tell ya’ll that there is a HUGE difference between my hair stretched-out and my hair coiled-up?! This ain’t a game. Lemme show you…
Ya’ll see this mess??? And this is my NAPE hair growing like weeds. Like, I could totally go back to my 8th grade self and have a draping wrap style right now. But, I ain’t finna talk about how I’m not quite ready to straighten my hair because I’m loving my curls too much and I’m paranoid that ONE straighten session will destroy said curls forever. -_-
2. Stylin’ On You. Of course, the most fun I’ve had since my hair has grown is the different styles I get to play around with. And I’ve been playin’ my cheeks off! Figuratively, my chile.
I’ve tried a bantu-knot (which was my staple during transitioning)…
And I’ve tried the infamous braid-out…
So, yeah… I’m glad that I’m having fun with all this experimenting. And for someone who once called herself, “hair-retarded”, I don’t think I’m doing half bad on the self-instruction. Of course, YouTube is a FABULOUS teacher’s assistant. *wink*
3. I Can Feel The Love… Literally. One of the major components of the natural hair life is the fact that EVERYone has a desire to touch your hair. For the general sentiment surrounding this phenomenon, please click this right ‘chere –> ThisRightChere.
Hilarious!! I totally get the feeling that we’d rather our hair not be a sideshow (no Bob), but sometimes, I don’t eeeem mind. I mean, as long as you ask first (bonus points if you ask in a funny/cute way) and don’t just sample the goods without permission, I’m cool with it. That’s not to say that I’d let ANY ol’ mofo all up in my hair, but if you comin’ with genuine love… I #minuswell show you some, too.
One particular situation that I can now count as one of my best natural hair experiences went a little somethin’ like this. I was at my boy’s “Taco & Tequila Tuesdays” grand opening at a new spot and the following ensued…
*We all walk out to get some air because ya’ll know how it is when too many kneegrows are in one room*
*A group of dudes (some of which we had just taken shots with) come out and chat with us*
Drunk Birfday Ninja (DBN): Heyyyyy, girl its my birfday, you know.
Me: I didn’t know that. Happy Birfday, hun! That’s great! Live it up!
DBN: I plan to! Ya know, I love your hair. I love the natural sistas.
Me: *smiles* Thanks!
DBN: *leans in closer… like, drunk unstable closer* Mmmmm, it smells so good. Oooh, it’s so soft, too. Can I kiss it?
Me (in my mental mind): SCURRRRRRRRRRRR! LMFAO ROFL
Me (in my reality): *laughs* Um… sure!
*He actually leans in and KISSES my hair*
Yeah. Blame it on the couple of long islands and tequila shots or the fact I felt I needed to be nice to the birfday boy, but I totally let him do it. And it was fun and hilarious. Besides, I’m always one to do something so I’ll have a story to tell. The writer’s life…
So, Pinchers, as you can see I’m loving the naturalista life and I’m looking forward to further progress. But, tell me. How’d I do with the styles up there? Do you think I’m nuts for letting mofos feel up on my hair (and how do you feel about it on your own hair)? And did you SEE my shrinkage, tho????
Love ya like certain protesters love to go WAY left during certain summits,