I feel like talking about my hair today (right now). If you haven’t seen the trailer for Chris Rock’s “Good Hair,” you can watch here:
I’m still growing out my hair. It is chugging along nicely, its length down to the bottom of my cheekbones (I initially cut it to barely touching my eyebrows). I ended up buying a hair growth aid to speed this process along. I’m not entirely sure if it’s going to work, or if it’s working, but every little bit helps, no?
I’m coming to realize I know hardly anything about having Black hair (let alone Mixed hair). I say this because I surely did pick the wrong hair stylist last year. Every time I went to see her to get my hair pressed (NOBODY should be pressing my hair btw, it’s too fine), I kept asking her why the hair in front was changing in texture. The curls were limp and different from the rest of my hair. Her answer? “Your hair changes texture as you age, it’s always evovling.” What a lie! Well, okay, that might be true, however as my hair grows back in it looks EXACTLY like it used to look when I was in high school. My texture hasn’t changed at all. All this time, her constant hot press was messing up my curl pattern. When I got to NYC, I started going to a Dominican salon, and their solution for my curl pattern/thinning problems was to not wet it (at least, this is what I could make out from their Spanglish). Apparently I was wetting it, and that was no good. How can I live my life without getting ANY water on my hair? My hair is natural–it makes no sense as to why God would create me with this hair and a footnote that it can’t ever get wet. WTH? I’m just glad I had sense enough to chop it all off and start fresh again. I just need to figure out a way to care for it properly. This always feels like a friggin science experiment.
Hopefully Good Hair can shed some light on my otherwise confused thoughts about hair. Can’t wait for it to come out!