Monday, October 30, 2006
One Year Since I Chopped My Locs...
It was actually yesterday, the 29th, but it took a minute to make my little collage. It's been quite a journey, and I have now been natural almost 9.5 years. The first picture is the earliest I have on my computer. I initially went natural in May of 1997.
The last picture, with the puff, shows my hair at the one year mark since the ultra low cut on October 29th, 2005. My hair grows at average speed, about 1/4" per month, so if you are afraid to cut your hair short because you think it won't grow back fast enough, I promise it will!
If you're a member of the Yahoo! group, sorry for the rerun, but here is the survey I answered at the group for my one year loosiversary!
1) How many years have you been natural today?
9.5 years - 1 year loose this time around.
2) Did you Big Chop?
3) If yes, how did you feel afterward?
I felt excited, relieved, lighter, and thrilled.
4) If you transitioned, how did you feel when you were finally all
5) What was your greatest motivation to go natural?
Scalp burns, and all the people who told me not to do it!
6) What are some styles you're excited about trying in the coming year?
I'm enjoying learning new ways to care for my loose natural hair hands on.
7) Do you have a hair role model? If yes, who?
Any sista I see with slammin' natural hair.
8) What are your favorite hair care products, regimen and style?
Right now, I am using pure vegetable glycerin, and my own mixture of water and essential oils. I'm doing everything I can to save parts at all times to save myself the stress of reparting my hair from scratch too often. I like two strand twists, but have been wearing braid and
twist outs lately for the height.
9) How have you changed since going natural?
Wow. I don't think I have enough time to answer this question. The short version is that I'm much more comfortable with myself, as is, without a lot of elaborate enhancements. Natural hair seems to create an instant bond between myself and other natural sisters in a lot of cases. I feel more peaceful and self aware overall. I have taken on this plight to share what I've learned with as many people as possible.
10) What has been your hardest or most rewarding lesson learned since going natural?
People make a lot of assumptions when you wear your hair naturally, and even more so depending on the style - that you're gay, militant, don't like white people, look down on people with perms, are unapproachable, only eat certain kinds of foods, "sleep on a straw mat" (as one of my natural friends said, lol), etc.
People also assume we naturals are super confidant and strong willed - sometimes they test that consciously or subconsciously. I think one of the most rewarding lessons I've learned is that I'm just me.
Lots more pictures here.
PS. I have so much more stuff to post, just no time - check back soon for my backlog of new tips and photos!