As an African woman, I, like any other started life with afro curls.
I didn’t have any chemicals in my hair till I was 12. That hair cut was not a good time for me.At that age I had shoulder-length curls – before you stretched them out. And even now, with my curls being so tight – I feel like it was a big deal – in terms of length.
The style, if I remember correctly, was some sort of curl relaxer – like a jheri-curl-type style. I was not pleased so that didn’t last long. I reverted back to wearing braids (with extensions) and my hair grew back. There were occasions up till the age of 18 where I did get the occasional perm – though in hind-sight I’m not sure why. At the time I thought my hair was tough to deal with, and with me being in boarding school it is not too far-fetched to think that was why.
Going to University, at 18, I suddenly decided I wanted to “revamp” myself. Aaahh goodtimes… I cut my hair short and permed it. It was a bob really… Again, I wasn’t consistant with the six week perming rule so my hair ended up looking somewhat natural. By my third year of University I realised the reason I wasn’t too bothered by keeping up the six week regime was because I like the fullness of my hair unpermed. I like the “wildness” (for lack of better word) of my curls. It perfectly suits my personality – though I’m not wild persay… I’m more random…
In my final year as an undergraduate, I cut some of some of my permed ends off and braided my hair – by Easter break I cut off the last remaining straight ends and I haven’t looked back.
It took a while to get used to it but I’ve had my afro flying everywhere since then – no braids, nothing. Just my big hair.
Now my next hurdle isn’t what people will think about me – it’s learning to take care of it – and well. Seeking information about it and letting people who want to do the same realise it’s really not a big deal. And discovering other people’s stories, and tips.
So then came my project.
What are your hair stories?