Well its 2016, resolutions have been created and broken by now. The “new year, new me” slogan is slowing replaced by whatever trending hashtag, and yet I have embarked on my own 2016 hair journey: wearing my real hair out! Trust me, when I say I had a whole complex.
Wigs and weaves have been my go-to style for years now. I received chemotherapy two years ago, and with not enough hair to even make a ponytail, I opted for wigs and weaves to mask my extreme hair loss. I didn’t even know what my hair looked like other than in my infamous “wig” braids (you know the beat-down, can’t see the parts, girl-please-put-those-away- braids, yeah I had them). Until one day when my funds were low, and my curiosity to see just what was going on under all those tracks and caps was high, I took my weave out, and gave myself a good blow-out.
Trust me, I was not in love with my new du’. My hair was left untrained, my wrap wasn’t swaying and behaving, and I didn’t have the fullness of my signature big-haired pieces. I felt somewhat naked, definitely not sexy, and searching in my closet for my back-up wigs. Was I really hooked on some weave? Was I defined by a Brazilian bundle? Could I still be pretty without them? I questioned a lot of things, had a mini-breakdown, cut my hair in a style and went home, feeling blah. I took me awhile to fall in love with my own hair again.
I had to find my confidence in my hair again, and accept it would take some time to get it back to behaving how it once did. A month later, we (my hair and myself ) found our rhythm. A faithful routine of wrapping my hair up with a silk scarf every night did wonders for my hair. A re-cut of my style added textures and layers to my boring bob, and of course the always wonderful steam treatment made my hair shine like silk and bounce. Moral of the story: It can be hard to love your own hair, when you are having an affair with bundles, but give it a chance. It doesn’t matter which option you choose, as long as you feel confident and beautiful at the end of the day, is all that matters.
Book your hair appointment with Ashia Richardson by calling “Mr. & Mrs. Hair Salon” 717-257-4956.