I chopped about half of my hair only a week ago and already I'm noticing a difference; in my hair health, my peace of mind and my confidence. I knew letting go of the damaged ends was the best thing to do for my hair's health but I had no idea that the results were going to be noticed pretty much immediately.
As mentioned before, I've been pondering about cutting my hair for
awhile now. I'd say the majority of the year, on and off. At first I'd
decided that I wanted to try and grow my hair to a longer length. Then
winter came and I was a little bit lost as to how to care for it,
especially because I didn't have as much time on my hands as I did
before. All that time, something was stopping me and it was denial.
Denial that my hair wasn't retaining length because it was damaged. So
now I've gotten rid of the damaged ends, my hair's feeling more itself. I
could see the difference in my now 'fresh' hair and how it behaves
compared to some of the last bits of my ends that escaped the chop. When
I washed it last week, I looked in the mirror and the ends that were
hanging on were looking almost like relaxed hair in the transitioning
phase (I have subsequently snipped off the remaining ends). I knew I
made the right decision. Now, my carpet's not made up of afro balls and
it's no longer stringy and tangling on itself.
I have to also say that last week, I enjoyed nothing more than rocking my free fro. Free fro on Monday, free fro on Tuesday, free fro Wednesday...you get the drift. It's been awesome, and incredibly liberating. I no longer have to worry about my hair grazing my neck or jacket collar. I'm embracing my shrinkage even more now because it gives my fro a fuller and thicker look. The current length still allows me to braid some mabutu or fat twists in the evening to prep it but it just takes me a little bit longer to do them as there aren't as few. Plus, the warmer weather's perfect for my shorter fro. I'm also not taking as long in the mornings to do it as I don't have to put it up into a style. I find it funny how many people are shocked that I cut it but I wonder what people expected, whether I had damage or not I'd have to cut it at some point. I look forward to seeing it grow but for now, I'm totally loving it!