So, this weekend, I did something I never thought I would do...the Big Chop! Those that are close to me, also know how important my hair is to me...basically if my hair is out of place...I'm off until it's back in place. Over the past 8 months, I vacillated between weaves, braids, ponytails and cornrows, all in an effort to not go back to the relaxer, or creamy crack as it is sometimes called. My hair had been in the relaxed state for 34 years, so it was all I knew.
Last week, when I took my ponytail out, I took a really good look at my hair. I didn't like how unhealthy my edges appeared, and I didn't want to admit that the braids were not doing me any justice. I knew that if I didn't correct it now, I would end up with traction alopecia, which is hair loss from frequently pulling the hair tightly into ponytails and braids. So, I decided not to do braids or any other fake hairstyle anymore...I was going to go back to my relaxer and short cut pixie.
I shared my decision with my best friend, who immediately made me face time her so she could see my hair, and after a sharp rebuke and strong arm decision, she made me consider just doing the short cut without the relaxer. The conversation officially put me on the fence, so I talked to some of my other close friends who also convinced me of the same thing. So I thought it over some more, and decided, big chop and natural for $1000 Alex!!
One thing I did realize, I had no business with my hair being the last thing I thought about at night, or the first thing I thought about when I woke up in the morning...that was too much wasted energy. I had too many other things to conquer, and this obstacle needed to be out of my way. So here I am, chopped and natural. The world is gonna get whatever hairstyle I give it!!!