Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ta-Da, Surprise!

Okay, I know this may be a little dramatic for you but for me, nope, it isn't.

I finally have my hair cut!!!
I didn't mention it here but I have been seriously thinking about it!






After 2 years and 7 months of being natural, I wasn't bored of my hair. 
No, a thousand times no. I wasn't bored.
I didn't even consider relaxing my hair. That, too, didn't cross my mind. 
And it wasn't even because I didn't know how to style it. That's clearly not the case.

After 2 years, my hair grew longer, fuller, thicker and ultimately, the sheer volume of my hair became a bother. I had monstrously full, thick strands that were all over the place. I couldn't even hold the whole lot in one hand. It became a nightmare to wash. I began to dread wash days! Hence, the reason I began to stretch washing it.

The longer I stretched wash days, the grimier it became. 
The longer I stretched wash days, the more the shed hair, the more the tangles and knots. Sigh, the knots.

My last wash day was a nightmare. I couldn't even get my hair clean. Sebum, dirt, and product residue had built up so much that all they did was clump all over the place. And the clumps were impossible to get out. I managed to rinse out all the dirty stuff out after repeat washing and rinsing but that didn't do much. 

Maybe it's because I don't have an overhead shower in my bathroom.
Maybe it's because I have to scoop the water and pour.
Maybe because the water in my area is hard.
Maybe, just maybe.
They may all be a factor. Maybe.

I am not sure but all I was certain of is that I do not want to spend 4 hours and more detangling my hair. I didn't even care much for the product buildup. A clarifying shampoo could solve that. I was more keen on the time spent detangling and twisting.


I spend nothing less than 4 hours detangling my hair and I found that frustrating. Because, I had to pause in between twisting/detangling, in the middle of the night, to feed my daughter. One particular night, I had barely 1 hour 30minutes of sleep. This was no longer realistic to me.

Some people advised that I go to a salon to have my hair done but I know many of them are either not skilled enough or too impatient to handle all my mane. The little experience I have had always included yanking; a headache-y, sorry story for another day.

It became obvious that something had to be done. I started to read up on how other curlies dealt with their super-duper voluminous mane. A huge number of them got their hair cut; they did mostly a cut called the DevaCut. I knew a Deva cut won't work for me because my calls don't fall like those with a 3A/4A curls pattern.

To cut the long story short, I googled "Mohawk on Natural Hair", I loved what I saw and decided that it was time to change my look. And that is how I got to where I am now.

After much deliberation and going back and forth, I finally sat behind a barber's mirror with a cap on my neck. And snip, snip, off went my hair. Liberating!

See for yourself...
Getting ready: partitioning
Left side
Oops! Off.
Right side


Front


Back: First day of shave

Below is how I styled my hair on other days. Different days; different makeup.







I hope you like it as much as I do because I love it very very much.

To me, the way I see it, I have the best of both worlds. I have not washed my hair yet; but I know, it will be so much easier to deal with and time-saving. And if I do get tired of it, I can reduce the hair itself.
After all, it's just hair. And it is always growing. hehehe
Please don't beef me, lol, I'm just excited.

Till my next wash day, which is today, it's lot's of love from me.

Regards,
Ifeoma.



2 comments:

  1. You look amaizing!!! I want to do the same to my hair but i am afraid of the growing out period.
    It's not extreme, do you!

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  2. I love it!!!! I am doing this to my hair soon to. I have waist length dreadlocs. Should be rad, cant wait.





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