I never really talk about hair because I'm transitioning to locs now. I don't do anything special because I feel like they are at a stage where I'd like my beautician/stylist/-whatever fancy name they go by these days- (no she's not just a loctician) to take care of them. Besides, a lot of black beauty is always about hair and skin and never really about makeup! LOL. Media has opened up more to makeup for women of color, but our main concerns used to be all about hair and skin.
Deciding to loc my hair was one of my 2007 Resolutions that I followed through with a few months ago. It's been an interesting time so far. Here's what I've observed:
- Biggest letdown (right now)- having to visit the hair salon as often as I did with a relaxer. This shall pass! LOL I can't wait for my hair to really mature so that I can feel comfortable about maintaining it myself.
- I have to say good bye to my caps. I can wear the stretchy winter kind, but caps and news boy hats that I'm very fond of are not fitting these days. I'm really sad about this.
- It takes patience and perserverance to just let my hair go and not stress and obsess about going to get my hair retwisted. The beautician said to come to her every 3 weeks and I thought "Puleeze!" She was right =(
- I have to remind myself to keep my fingers out of my hair.
- I'm intrigued with the coils that may fall from my head. I'm so used to seeing straight long strands after brushing or combing. Now, if I run my fingers through my hair, I may see a coil or two.... long, strong, springy coils!
- Doing this dry wash stuff is hard. Can't wait for my hair to mature, so that I can wash it naturally.
- As much as I like this natural, free to be me, carefree hair style, I don't like my kitchen knotting up so! Grrrrrr~
- When I started this, I was so into talking to locked sisters about the hows, whys and whats behind their hair. Only to find that while many people do like to talk about their hair, there are just as many whom are tired of it and are ready to cut it off *GASP!* When I was wearing the short 'fro, more people wanted to talk about natural styles. I talked to a few ladies from the "been there, done that locs" club. Free of the long locs, they were ready to experiment with their short, natural hair.
- I think some day that I'll become part of the "been there, done that locs" club. Right now, I can't wait to see them grow!
- Many women still see natural hairstyles and locs as unprofessional.
- It's surprising to see and hear the reactions of my little sister and cousins about the idea of my natural, locking hair; their disapproval.
- Many people recognize that this stage is frustrating and not as much fun, but do see the longer term goal of long locs =))))
- My parents were more accepting of the natural, locking hair versus piercings and tattoos.
- I've gotten very few compliments from guys about my hair. I'd be lying if I said I didn't totally care how I was viewed by the opposite sex with my new hair. One of the more important guys in my life told me he prefers me with straightened hair. Oh well, until he contributes the money for that service or helps to make up for the time I lose with my child by sitting in a salon for hours on end..... I will watch my locs grow!