For the past few years I’ve been on a serious mission to grow my hair to long lengths. Way before that I had shaved my hair with a 1/4″ hair clipper guard at least four times, and also wore my hair super short for awhile. At that time I wanted to feel beautiful with short low maintenance hair and I did. I’d also had locs for awhile, colored hair for hair industrial gigs, and wore tons of other styles. Just like others learning more about natural curly/coily hair care, having extremely long tresses seemed to be a common goal of mine as well.
A few weeks ago I began questioning if the long hair goal was really me, and if I was truly enjoying this hair growth journey.
My hair was longer than it had ever been, yet I was extremely bored with it, and in desperate need for a change. I wanted a carefree hair style that was nothing but fun. I am not a big fan of long term protective hair styles although they work, I don’t like wearing my hair in a bun exclusively even though I did try it for a month, and I would rather not think too much about everything I do to my hair. I simply want to enjoy it, LOVE it, and let it blow wildly in the wind.
So I freed myself, cut some MAJOR layers, and I am finally LOVING my hair again.
Once I decided to cut my hair, my next step was to figure out the shape I was going for with my curls. I cut my own hair, and have been doing so since junior high. I’ve had to fix haircuts when I’ve had them done professionally. I guess I’ve had way too many bad experiences in hair salons as well as on dance/commercial jobs with hair stylists. So trusting anyone else with hair shears is currently a no-go.
This hair cut was done on dry hair. It took me two hours initially to get the shape I wanted, and then another hour a week later to clean it up. It usually doesn’t take me this long to cut my hair, but since this was a major reshaping I made sure not to rush.
Cutting curly hair is literally like shaping a bonsai tree. It takes time to shape it to perfection.
Lately I’ve just been experimenting with a few styling options. So far I’ve done wash and gos and twist outs. In terms of my current hair regimen, I’m still doing modified water only hair washes. I have come to the conclusion that it is crucial for me to do a monthly herbal clay cleansing/clarifying treatment to start fresh again. I still don’t use conditioners, or other store bought products though. I keep things extremely simple, yet I have started using shea butter again. I just don’t use nearly as much as I used to. I’ll get more into hair regimen details in a later article.
One thing that I love most about this cut is that the shape allows even a not so amazing hair day to still work out great. Plus 2nd and 3rd day hair is bigger than ever. That’s the beauty of a great hair shape for curly hair. I can fro it out with a hair pick or wear it curly. It really doesn’t matter. Will I grow my hair out again? Hmmm maybe, maybe not. I have a feeling I’ll be playing around with different hair cuts, but we’ll see what happens.
It does take a minute to get used to drastic changes, yet this one has been way too much fun! Read tips on cutting curly hair here!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)