I was a little nervous when I sat down in that chair. I was cutting my shoulder length hair off, and going natural. I didn’t tell anyone in my family, and only told one friend. I mean, I’ve talked about it, but everyone – white, black, whatever – told me to keep that relaxer in my hair and keep it moving. That I did NOT want to go natural and cut my hair off.
Well, my last relaxer was in April. So it’s been a good two months since I had one. I used to get them every 4 or 5 weeks. It’s been rough trying to style my hair without a relaxer – especially since I was never very good at styling it on my own with a relaxer.
I was tired of trying. It was itchy. It was dry. It was breaking.
So as I sent my girls off to Cleveland this morning, I was eagerly anticipating sitting down in the chair, and getting my hair cut off. It never even occurred to me that she would use clippers to cut my hair. Or that it wasn’t going to be that big of a deal – the action of getting my hair cut off. I glanced at the hair on the floor of the salon, and while I was a bit awed, I wasn’t in shock. The best part is that, since I wear glasses, and I took them off to get my hair cut, I could barely see what I looked when I glanced in the mirror as she took me over to the shampoo bowl. She gave me a good conditioning. Then she arched my eyebrows.
Heather, at Cost Cutters, had just done the BIG CHOP herself, a few months ago. So I felt I was in good hands. She used the #8 clippers to bring it down to 1 1/2 inches, then went a little bit lower to get the remaining relaxed hair out. She suggested that I color my hair to cover up the massive grays. I’m not sure if I’ll go that route since the whole point was to be natural, but we’ll see.
I drove over to Sally Beauty Supply to get a co-washing and styling product. They’re supposed to be natural, but I can’t exactly tell that by looking at the ingredients.
Sigh. It’s over and done. I’m pleased. I know the change is dramatic. But I’m pleased with my teeny weeny afro (TWA).
I just ordered some sample shampoo bars from Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve, right near my hometown. I can’t wait to get started playing with my hair!
update: Yikes! I just realized I should probably change the header graphic!