I’m always asked “How long have you been natural?” That usually means “How long did it take you to grow all that hair.” When I tell people that my hair was *snap* this long before…they usually look at me in disbelief. With that said, here are some old blog posts (slightly edited for grammatical errors and such) of the first week of my first big chop from 2-8 December 2004.:D
My Big Chop Natural Hair Journey ~ Week 1
Brrrrr (my head has never felt cold like this before)
Day 1, Friday
I get up early.
Wash and blow dry my hair and head to Dre’s house (a friend of mine). We go to his barber. I sat in the barber chair and the barber asks me if I’m sure. I said “yeah!” A lady who was sitting across from me gives me a look as if I was being blasphemous. She was appalled that I was about to cut off about 20 inches of hair (sorry I don’t have any before pictures. Smh). Dre did the honors and cut the first piece. No turning back now. Well I could have but how would I explain the plug of hair missing in the front of my head. 20 minutes later I have ½ inch of hair. I ran my finger though it before it was shaped and the barber was like “STOP TOUCHING YOUR HAIR, I’M NOT FINISHED YET”
I couldn’t help it, I just had to touch it. It was beautiful AND I have a nice shaped head! The barber said I looked good with or without hair. Dre said I looked a lot younger. I was loving it. I never thought I had long hair, but my hair was looking mighty long on the floor.
Fast Forward several hours. My mama couldn’t stop looking at me. She stared at me for about 45 minutes straight (without saying a word). She was really starting to unnerve me. I was frayed! Had I been a piece of silk I would have been an interwoven mess.
WOW^ I like the shape of my head!
But Sug, why is your face blurred? It was about my hair, not my face.
Um, being that it’s December…it’s just a little cold! My head is freezing! When I did the big cut (I like saying/typing that by the way) I didn’t factor in the weather. I know most folk cut their hair in the spring/summer time. However, when you have to go…you have to go. I will say, hair has awesome insulating properties…
I went out looking for a hat to wear. I was not successful at all. Most of the hats were ugly and they had the nerve to have a ball on the top of it. But not a regular ball (whatever that means) but a ball that had been injected with hormones (READ: HUGE). I’m a grown women. What I look like? I’m still feeling strange. My mama made some suggestions. “You must wear big hoop earrings and makeup to avoid that whole boy look.”
No thanks I like the way I look.
Still obsessed with my hair. I’m starting to think I have a problem. I thought the rule was 14 days for a habit to form. Well I have it BBBBAAAAAADDDDD!
It would be the equivalent to me growing a penis or big breasts. I can’t stop playing with it. Now my head is sore and I cant sleep. :(
Sleep deprived because of my hair. How does one go from being sleep deprived because you don’t want to mess your hair up to being sleep deprived because you can’t keep your fingers out of it? I feel almost vain. I haven’t showed myself this much attention since the time I burned myself (on the forehead) with the curling iron and was trying to “cover it up.” My hair is now the topic of discussion. I can’t help it. It’s such a novelty to me and I have been taking pictures galore.
When you don’t have the luxury of hiding behind something you must make it presentable. Skin and eyebrows! So according to a source I was looking like a neglected unicorn (Yes, I used to have a unibrow.)!
Wow! Yes, I’m still at it. All this writing/documenting seems a bit organized, huh? It’s kind of hard trying to type and play in your hair…
Something profound dawned on me today. Where’s da hair (said like the 80′s Wendy’s Where’s the beef lady)? I don’t mean the hair on my head but the hair that would be in the:
When I had lots of hair I used to shed like crazy. It’s a wonder I had any hair at all. I did find a few tiny strands of hair. I laughed because those were the first 3 hairs I’d seen since I had the big cut (Yes, I used to call it the big cut…lol)! This is totally unrelated but not really. I’ve started to attract an entirely different person. IT’S CRAZY! I’ve found this entire experience interesting.
YAY! I survived my first week of being natural. ^_^
That’s it. Thanks for listening. :D