Again with the Hair

The hair

I know that it is starting to seem like I have an unhealthy obsession with my hair and maybe I do but it’s on my mind right now so I might as well run with it.

I watched ‘Good Hair’ recently. It is a Chris Rock documentary on the lengths black women in America go to for their hair. It is a good movie and I would recommend you watch it. The reason I bring it up is because one of the segments deals with the chemical that we as black women use to ‘relax’ our hair. It is a very corrosive chemical and I have decided not to use it anymore.

Unfortunately or fortunately, that is going to leave me with my natural kinky hair which I have never worn long. See, I have been relaxing my hair since I was 9 years old. When I was 13, it was all cut off for school but as soon as I left school at 16, I relaxed it again. I’m tired. I want my own hair back; I don’t want to go to the salon every two weeks. I hate the salon.

Ok, so now I’ve made my decision, what am I going to do with my natural hair? I don’t want dreadlocks; I would not be able to change them if I got bored without cutting my hair off again. I think I’m just going to let it grow into an Afro and I’ll deal with it when it’s grown.

My problem is, one of my best friends is getting married in the middle of next year and I am going to be one of her bridesmaids. My hair has to be off the chain for this do and somehow I don’t think she’ll look too kindly on my Macy Gray-ish Afro.

I realize that this has gone from a fashion article, which it is supposed to be, to a rant. Forgive me; I can not give any fashion advice in the state I’m in. As a matter of fact, if anything, I’m the one in need of fashion advice.

So tell me, what do you think I should do with the natural hair? Do not suggest not going au natural coz that ship has sailed.

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