My hair transition

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"Transition" by Zina Saro-Wiwa

This video I saw on the Huffington Post website was a bit timely. Although I’ve been relaxer free since 2000, I am undergoing a hair transition of my own. After almost 7 years of wearing locs, I’m in the midst of taking them down. I didn’t think I’d ever miss not combing my hair, but after seeing one too many fabulous looking afro, twist or cornrow style, I started to miss having my hair loose.

It’s not an impulse decision. I first began thinking about taking down my locs a little over a year ago. Decided to give myself a year to make sure this was really what I wanted to do. I promised myself if after a year, the thought of cutting off my locs was still there I would go ahead and proceed. The other thing is I like to change it up every so often. Blame the gemini that I am.

Six months later I thought maybe I would just have my locs cut shorter. Another 3 months pass, and I decided I wouldn’t be satisfied with shorter locs and if I could cut them shorter then I may as well just cut them off. My initial plan was to grow my locs out, I haven’t had them twisted since January, and then cut them off at the point of the new growth. After looking at some youtube videos of folks who combed out their locs though, on a whim, I decided to give that a try. With the metal end of a rat tail comb I managed to comb out a few locs. It wasn’t as hard as I thought, just a bit time consuming. Then I saw a youtube video where someone used one of those plaque scraping tools from the dentist’s office to pick out their locs. I later bought one at a street fair and it ended up being much easier.

Finally broke the news to my hairdresser who was slightly disappointed, but gave me some tips on making the takedown easier. I’m about roughly halfway done. I’m deliberately taking them down gradually, a few at a time due to time constraints and the fact I’ve been keeping it a secret from folks at work. I have vacation scheduled next week and I plan on surprising them when I come back with a brand new look, color & style.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nicky
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 20:26:09

    Wooow!!! Moe told me that you both were transitioning. Loced or loose, you’re going to be fabulous!!!! Can’t wait to see you after the take-down.

    Reply

    • creative urbanista
      Jun 05, 2012 @ 09:26:09

      The other reason is my birthday is coming up next week so I thought it’d be a good time for a new look. I have an appt with Tameeka the Saturday after my b’day, I’m getting it colored also. I’ll send her some pics beforehand so she can come up with a style.

      Reply

  2. I'm Audrey... (@MissMoonMusing)
    Jun 05, 2012 @ 04:03:44

    Wow!! I cannot wait to see the transformation!! 🙂

    Reply

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