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Hair Me Out!

Since the disintegration of her parents marriage, she’d only loved two things: The first was her long dark hair; the second was how easily she could cut it off… and feel nothing.

For some particularly strange reason, when I decided to write a post sharing my hairventures, this line from 5OO Days of Summer popped into my head. I have been cutting my hair since university, however,  I’ve never cut my hair and not felt anything; instead it is always like a lovely continuation in a great series for me!

I love hair, because it is so diverse and such an easy way to express oneself! You can perm it, curl it, straighten it, wear it it’s natural form, lock it, sport an updo, or crop cut…the possibilities are endless.

Being a restless soul, changing my hairstyle is something that I have done often over the years and I sure do enjoy it! In the past five years (random number), I’ve had so many different hairstyles that it’s a little uncanny! I’ve gone from dreds to a short perm! Below is a little lookbook of all kinds of phases and stages (I have a hardcopy of me sitting in a barber’s chair, that I will one day share)!!

To me it’s really cool that I can express myself and what I’m feeling through my hair and that it doesn’t have to be permanent.  After all, we only have one life to live – I say we need to do what makes us happy!


Channeling Rihanna: Decent egg gone bad

We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

~ C.S. Lewis

As for this egg. It hatched…and then went bad.

I am no stranger to change, and I’ve found that one thing that I can change easily is my hair! Since I’ve had a say in the matter, I’ve been no stranger to cutting, big chopping, braiding, colouring, going natural and lately, trying a weave! Nothing about the latest hairdo is normal for me, but sometimes, we must hatch. Must we not?!

So, as this story goes, I was recently browsing the net for a photo of Rihanna’s skrillex inspired cut. I like the ‘toned down’ version and figure I’m gonna get it done one day. Of course, since my hair is shaved down already, Skrillex hair wouldn’t be hard for me to achieve!

Rihanna channeling Skrillex

Rihanna channeling Skrillex

So I looked for photos of Rihanna’s skrillex cut and lo and behold I saw a photo of her with another style and thought. ‘Heh! I like that! or perhaps it was ‘Heyy, I’m gonna try that!’

the style that caught my eye!

the style that caught my eye!

My hair was seriously due to be done,so I decided to find out from my stylist whether or not she could pull it off and of course, she said yes!!

At some point, the indecisive, wimpy part of me started to get cold feet.  ‘Maybe I should just ask her to comb it down on one side’;’ I’m gonna tell her make it look as flat as possible’; ‘I don’t know if this is ok for work.’ but in the end, I went and let her do her thing!

The Result:

The sides of my head are shaved so low, I look like cassie! (I can think of something else, but to write it may be offensive to some 😉

I kinda have a Janelle Monae thing going on… and since I like her, that can’t be too bad!

A plethora of compliments!

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Lessons Learnt:

Rihanna probably got her hair done like that for an event. For a simple chick like me, it’s a bit much for the daily grind. Especially because it draws so much attention. So next time, I’ll need to be taking environment in mind!

Overall, while I think the next time I’ll do anything remotely close to this is New Year’s Eve night, it’s been interesting and I’m ok with being out of ‘the box’ for a bit.

On Perming Ma Hurr

So I wanted to write a post about my new hair and how much I love it, and what styles inspired it and etc. However, as a former journalist I guess the bigger story is that I went and permed my hair after saying (at some point) I wouldn’t put any chemicals in it again!

The new hair/haircut!

The new hair/haircut!

Well, although I’m definitely a ‘Never say Never’ kinda girl, I’ve decided against relaxing my hair again. It doesn’t work for me AT ALL! But, for some time now – I dunno … like since 2011 – I’ve been feeling like trying this new hair-do. And I didn’t see how it was gonna work with my hair natural.

old Kelis hairstyle

old Kelis hairstyle

So after what – like 6 years (or something), I got a perm!!!

I know a lot of ‘naturalistas’ are not feeling that decision, but I feel like I should be able to explore my options and try different things without being confined to one style.

My natural hair after I cut it in 2011

My natural hair after I cut it in 2011

Unfortunately, I didn’t do any of the things that are normally done before getting a do like this. I went to the salon with canerows (cornrows) in and pulled them out right before I got my hair done. Let me tell you – my head felt like it was on fire 😥 I’d forgotten about that! I was sitting in the chair thinking, “Sheeet! I did not miss this!”

My coloured frohawk last year!

My coloured frohawk last year!

Anyway, I’m loving my do – and for any concerned natural sistas, I’m going right back to being natural when I retire this look 😉

I Did It Again!

I Did It Again!

… and then some
(story to follow)

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