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Thriving: That Time I Cut My Hair

Thriving: That time I cut my hair: I went from natural hair and all that entails to a short relaxed style.

Thriving: its my hair

 

So listen.

On Friday, in the name of self-care and the my effort to THRIVE this year, I cut my hair.

Not only did I cut it, but I decided to relax it after 10 years of being natural.

A big step if I do say so myself.

But sometimes, you have to take big steps in order to Thrive.

My natural hair had become a burden, more of a thing that I had to work at than just hair.

It was a struggle, something I wasn’t happy with. My self-esteem was taking a hit daily simply because I didn’t feel like myself. Because I didn’t feel like me.

Let me be clear, this isn’t a indictment against natural hair. If that is the lifestyle ( because let’s be clear, it’s a LIFESTYLE), that you have chosen,

DO YOU.

Because that is the beauty of hair, in particular the hair of a black woman. I woke up Friday Morning with a big puffy soft afro that I could stretch down to my shoulders.  I went to bed with short straight hair and air hitting the back of my neck.  Next month I might decide to put in a weave down to my butt. This summer, I might have braids.  But FOR ME,  the drama of wash day, conditioning, twisting,  untwisting, on an almost every other day basis was getting to be too much.

I’ve got a child, a husband, a full-time job, a house to clean, a blog to write and a life to live. Dealing with the drama that was MY natural hair was not fitting into that life.

I will say that Saturday morning when I woke up, took off my scarf and ran my fingers through my hair, I felt so FREE that I almost danced across the bathroom floor.

But the most important thing is that I got an immediate boost in my self-esteem: my husband liked it, my child liked it, my friend told me I looked like I did in high school. And I FELT GOOD.

And really, isn’t that what it’s all about?

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