Hair can change a person. Long, short, curly, straight, blond, brunette, red, green, the list is endless. Anyone who has ever watched makeover day on America's Next Top Model, knows that women are VERY attached to their hair. As a cosplayer, I wear a lot of wigs. So, I get to sport different looks through costumes all the time. I think I love wigs so much because they look great, and you can change your style in the matter of seconds. In real life, my hair is not that easy to manage. I've gone through a lot of hair changes through the years, and African American hair can be tricky.
For as long as I can remember, I've been getting chemical relaxers to straighten my hair. That was until my hair got badly damaged, and started to break. In 2004, I decided to cut it all off and start fresh. I grew my hair naturally for 2 years before I caved and decided to get it straightened again.
Stress, heat, and chemicals have become too much on my hair yet again, and it's time for me to make another decision. With a hair appointment looming in a few weeks, I had to decide on whether I want to continue with the chemical relaxer, or let this stuff grow out. Looking back on pictures of myself from those 2 years, and finding blogs and youtube videos of black women who have made the decision to cut their relaxers and go natural, has inspired me!
I'm not putting those chemicals in my hair anymore! Hopefully, I can stick with it this time. My hair was stronger and healthier when it was growing naturally. One of the first things I thought was, "what will my boyfriend think?" The natural days were before we met, and he'd only seen pictures of me from back then. I know he loves my hair now, and I want him to still find me attractive. After a nice long talk, he said he'd love whatever hair I decide to have. Then my thoughts went to my costumes (of course)! I'm working on a new Uhura costume, that would be incorporating my straightened hair, but once I cut my hair, I'll have to buy a wig for that costume.
So this is going to be an interesting hair transition. It'll be a few months before I cut off the relaxed hair completely, because I want to get a decent amount of new growth first. But I'm very excited! It'll be a liberating hair transformation.