The Accidental Natural

Sigh

Posted on: March 12, 2013

Ok. I owe pictures of my hair.

I owe product reviews of products I bought donkey years ago.

But, folks, my mind is clouded. Should I go ahead with my locs or just should I cut it all off?

My reasoning: my hair just isn’t feeling right. Not “oh, I need a protein treatment” wrong, but “damn! What the heck is up with my hair?!?!” wrong. I have a sneaking suspicion that my last trip to the salon did some real damage.

I don’t have the time to nurse it back to health, so I need to do something that I can manage. That means either stick with my plan to loc – although I’m concerned that my hair won’t look as good loc’d because I’m missing the thickness (hair’s dropping out) – or cut it off and start again with all the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years.

Decisions, decisions.

One good thing is that I’m not necessarily attached to my hair – thanks to experience, I know it will grow back.

So I’m at a crossroads: a red TWA or a head full of starter locs.

What’s a girl to do?

Of my kinky twists! LOL!

Now to play around in my loose natural hair until my March 14th appointment for my locs :)

Stay tuned for pictures!

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There is a reason why I hate salons.

Not all salons, just the badly managed ones.

I had made an appointment with the salon that had straightened my hair for March 7 back in December. I decided to loc my hair, so that appointment is no longer needed. So I called the salon to cancel. Here’s the conversation:

Me: “Hi! I’m calling to cancel my appointment.”

Receptionist: “Oh. OK. What date was the appointment?”

Me: “March 7.”

Receptionist: “Hold on a sec… Oh. Do you know that this is the downtown location?”

Me: “No. I called the Scarborough number.”

Receptionist: “Oh. Our Scarborough location recently closed.”

Me: “Oh. So I guess I don’t have to cancel the appointment.”

Receptionist: “No.”

If this salon “recently” closed why couldn’t someone call me and let me know? If I didn’t have that information and hadn’t decided to loc my hair, I would have carted myself to their locked, empty Scarborough salon and found myself in a very unpleasant mood when there was no one around to do my hair.

Especially when I know I can do it myself.

I’ve seen this mess happen too many times. The salon closes or your stylist decides to leave and no one says anything – until you show up to a sign on the door or a shocked looking receptionist/owner who doesn’t know what to do with you. This is one of the reasons I like doing my own hair. As time consuming as it is, I’m in control of the situation.

Salons, if you do close for unforeseen reasons and can’t tell your clients in advance, the least you can do is call and let us know so we can make alternate arrangements. 

First of all, happy Valentines Day to those of you who celebrate it. As I always say: “if it’s a real holiday, give me the day off.” Since I’ve had the entire year off, I guess I should hush my mouth and eat a chocolate. Anyhoo, here’s the post :)

Over the past year, I haven’t had the energy/time/interest to do much with my hair. Any extra time that I had, I was passed out somewhere fast asleep. When Boo Boo was three months old – and before my hair turned into a big loc – I decided to go to a hair salon and do something with it. Now, this wasn’t the salon that I normally would go to when I got my hair professionally done. This salon was significantly closer to home. With a really small baby, getting home quickly was a benefit. 

Sometimes, going where you know and getting your hair done by people you trust is more important. 

I decided to get it blown out straight.

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I thought it looked awesome. And there was no heat damage! So, I was beside myself with happiness. I went back in September to get a natural style done. The fam and I were heading to Las Vegas for my mother-in-law’s birthday and I wanted a style that would stand up to the heat and the dryness of the desert.

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Hair looked awesome again.

Just before Christmas, my mom decided to treat me to another salon visit. I had had two good experiences, so I assumed that I was going to have another one. Instead of the stylist I booked, the owner of the salon decided to do my hair. The first time I straightened my hair at this salon, I made it very, very clear that I wear my hair kinky. I have no interest in heat styling or anything like that. Again, I reiterated that with the owner. He assured me that he was going to hook me up with some serious heat protectant.

This is how my hair ended up:

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Nice, right? Until I washed it. Sigh. I had damage y’all. I was disappointed. The owner said that I should come in every three months (right) to straighten my hair so they could deal with any damage.

No lie, my hair was a bit raggedy, but I know why: I wasn’t paying it any mind and I was experiencing good ol’ post-partum shedding. Even though that was the case, my hair was kinky and that’s what I wanted.

The heat damage isn’t horrific – not by a long shot, but my hair in general just doesn’t feel right. 

This is one of the major reasons I’ve decided to loc it up. I mean, I’ve wanted to loc my hair for years and years, but I wanted to see what my hair could do loosely natural. So, now it’s time for something new.

I made my appointment for March 7.

So, we’ll see. I’m excited!

Finally, another post! They’ll come more frequently, I promise.

I’ve been natural for going five years and I’m bored. I haven’t been doing anything special with my hair. Actually it’s been in kinky twists for a good five weeks.

My hair reached bra strap length and I got it trimmed back to somewhere between my shoulders and bra strap. So I reached my hair length goal.

Now I need a change. I’m either gonna cut it or get locs…and im leaning towards locs. I was going to do it for my 40th birthday, but I’m getting the itch early.

What do you guys think?

Yes, a year.

A year since I last posted anything.

But what a year it’s been! I haven’t been doing anything with my hair. Since having my daughter – who is now a nine-month-old bundle of energy – I haven’t really had the time to do much besides some two-strand twists and buns. Now that she’s getting older and gives me a little more time, I’m hoping to blog again in 2013.

Here’s a picture of us and my hair (unfortunately, Boo Boo is still pretty much bald :() Oh, and my hair is just blown out straight – no chemicals.

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Merry Christmas and see you in 2013!

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Ask me anything… well, anything hair-related :)

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