This isn’t about good hair, or bad hair, it’s about my inability to commit to trying a new style with my own hair. As a black woman, hair plays a big role in my life. Since going natural in 1994, I’ve basically kept the same wash/go style over the years, and have had two big chops. Some where down the road, my hair became some what my ‘signature’ item. Whether it was black, brown, honey blond, curly or straight, it was definitely something that drew attention to itself.
A few weeks ago, I wanted to try something different because on a day to day basis, I was growing bored with my hair. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to grow locs, but I was turned off by the whole ‘process’ of waiting for the locs to cultivate. I’m pretty much an impatient person, and I like immediate results. That’s when I started to do research on loc alternatives. I remember years ago, Erykah Badu caught a lot of slack from the “neo-soul-bohemian-whatever they’re referring to themselves as n0w” community when they found out her locs were fake. Personally, I didn’t see what the big deal was. My thing is, if your hair is neat, who cares if it’s a weave or extensions, but for the longest time, I wasn’t interested in either for myself.
Fast forward a few years later and approximately 4 weeks ago, I found a woman on Craigslist who specialized in loc extensions, and amazingly they were a reasonable price ($200). So I made my appointment and after 5 hours of sitting through every judge show on television, I had human hair loc extensions. I’ll be the first to say, when I walked out into the cold with my head all exposed, I never realized how much my natural bushy hair kept my head warm, not so much with the new do. From that point on, I knew it would take a while to get used to.
My new style was met with a lot a compliments from my friends, even from those friends who took years to cultivate their own locs. Of course the only person who had something smart to say was HWSRN, but then again, he always has something smart to say. I was pretty much enjoying my new hair style.
Until the fucking Blizzard of 2010!
So I’m sitting on my couch watching my 20th hour of t.v. and I started playing in my hair. Next thing I knew, I had the comb & was unraveling the loc extensions one by one. Two days later, I had my own curly fro back. I never realized how much I missed my own hair. I missed twirling my curls around my fingers, I missed having someone run their fingers through my hair, I missed being able to blow dry it if I wanted to wear it straight. In retrospect, I’m glad I tested out the waters with the loc extensions. It further proved to me, that I love my free flowing natural fro that I’ve had all of these years.