Posting this entry makes me realize how very fast this year has flown by. It also is a stark reminder of how few pictures I took of myself before my natural hair journey began. My six months in transition pictures, posted here, continues to be one of my most popular posts. So with a year now under my proverbial belt, I thought it was time for more pictures.
This was where it all started last year, with me getting what would be my last perm right before our visit to snow-laden Georgia for Christmas.
For sure, I’ve had some hits, like this late spring night when I celebrated with my daughter her science award,
or this day, when I was just feeling plain sassy (smile).
Then, there are the misses, like when I wanted to experience the freedom of natural hair all too soon at the beach,
or the many days when I was just lacking in my mastery of technique.
As points of comparison, this is my braid-out in January, one month after my last relaxer (so you are looking at over 90% permed hair),
and then in October (looking at about 50% permed hair).
The braid-out is not my favorite look on me, although it is far less work than a twist-out. However, at least for right now, I prefer more curls.
Curls mean that my hair looks shorter, and that, combined with the fact that type 4 hair can shrink up to 75% of its full length, means that as my natural hair grows in, it actually looks shorter…and shorter. That is perhaps my biggest adjustment at this season of the transition: knowing that each time I cut out more of the perm, I’m growing more of a bobbed look and losing the shoulder-length flexibility I enjoyed for many, many years. I call it an “unintentional style change.” LOL!!!
In any case, here is the “before” look,
and the “after”–right before my next cut this week.
For sure, I won’t post as many “chapters” of my hair journey in 2012. Much of the transition at this point is a waiting game, although I do have some other thoughts in mind. Also, picture after picture of my hair and face almost seems self-aggrandizing, and I’ve prayed that this transition will never become an idol. I still laugh that the posts of my natural hair journey are the most searched posts on my blog. Well, if God gets the glory, so be it. Many blessings to you, however you got here.