I did it. I woke up and chopped off my hair (again). The night before, I ‘d taken out my plaits, a process that took five hours of my life that I will never get back.
Each time I took a plait in my knackered hands and tried loosening my hair from its tenacious grip, I asked myself:
- Why am I doing this on a Friday night? Because it’s time to take out the plaits. The day’s irrelevant
- Why do I do this to myself? Because there is no alternative. Actually, there is, just chop off the hair
- Do I really want to endure another visit to the hairdresser to either get the hair ‘relaxed’ (£50-£60) or plaited (starting from £60-£80)? A process that can take anything from three hours (hair relaxer treatment) to six hours minimum (plaits): No, I don’t. Just chop off the hair and be done with all whole thing
- I could just go natural: No, I haven’t got the time or patience to maintain a ‘fro. Chop off the whole thing and reclaim your life (and bank balance)
Whichever way I looked at it, the hair was practically begging to be chopped off. And in all honesty, I hated it. I was fed up. Fed up of that hamster wheel of black hair maintenance. It’s so boring! I wanted my life back, so I did something about it.
Here’s the real me:
And here’s the person expect when they hear I’m a writer (that’s someonelooking serious, ‘fake arty’ and ‘suffering for their art’, and that is not me, by the way. I do not suffer for my art or for anyone – I’ve paid my dues; I’m a former human rights worker. Bring on the laughter, I say!):
For the most part, I’ve had great feedback. Women tell me they wished they could do the same. Black men tell me to, ‘Go, sister.’ (Whatevs, yeah?). And, it’s a great ice-breaker when arranging meetings with new acquaintances: ‘You can’t miss me. I’m the bald, black girl that’s NOT sitting in the corner’.
Why am I writing about this? Because, it’s my blog and I want to. Nah, just kidding. Because I can. If you’ve been thinking about doing what I did, just go for it. You only have one life. And if it all goes pear-shaped, get a wig.