Being natural started as a hairstyling choice but over the course of the past 9 years, it became much more. In the early years, it was an avenue to learn techniques and meet new friends through online communities, as I learned it turned into a way to give back, a hobby and eventually a small business venture. I’ve worn my hair short, long and in-between; curly, wavy, straight and even partially locked.
After so many years I can say that one of the best things I’ve learned is that my hair needs to reflect me, not the other way around. My hair has to fit into my lifestyle. I no longer make my lifestyle fit into it. This has had implications for both my length and hairstyles, as I no longer commit to a style that requires too much of my time and of my life.
This new principle has been the driving force behind my latest haircut. Hair that fits ME, that answers the call when I wake up to rush a child to school then a baby to the library, and everything else I must tend to. It wasn’t enough for my hair to be my casual accompaniment; I wanted it to do dressy just as well. In a way, I now see my hair as that pretty black dress that dresses down with some flats, looks professional with a trouser and can go to the ball with some stilettos. My tapered TWA is just right for me right now as it does all of that well. It achieves casual or haute in 10 minutes of styling or less.
Less time on my hair means more time for science experiments, peek-a-boo games, devotions and the great outdoors. This is a trade off that I can live with and a lesson I’m glad I’ve finally learned.