It’s been over fourteen weeks since my last perm. I have been managing okay with my new transition. For those of you just joining spelhouseLove, I announced that I am going natural a few weeks ago.
I have only worn three styles in the past month, the roller set/blow out, the bun, and a curly look that I received several compliments on but totally hated. I have also been reading a lot of Curly Nikki which encourages me to keep going. I love the stories of transition. I am really torn between cutting my hair and transitioning for a year or so. I am sure that if DH didn’t object (which he does) to me cutting off all my perm, I would have done it by now. I respect that he doesn’t want to me to cut it because I know he is not attached to my length. When we met my hair was super short, so it’s more of a style thing for him. He’s worried that I don’t realize how much work will be required if I no longer have a perm.
I have been getting my hair done weekly at a Dominican salon in Stamford. It works for me because it’s affordable, and I can go at 2:30 on a Sunday. They set my hair and then blow out the roots. I’m sure this is a terrible thing to do, but what other options do I have? I am not blessed with an ounce of “hair doing” skills, so if anyone is going to suggest how I can do it trust.me.you.don’t.want.me.to.
I have a consultation at a salon in the city in December. This hairdresser is supposed to advise me on the best way to transition. I am excited, but hope she doesn’t tell me to stop straightening my natural hair, because I like how it looks straight right now. I get excited when I feel my new growth, though. It’s so thick and curly, I can’t wait until my whole head feels the same way. In my head, the natural hair is so long, but I know in reality it’s probably only a inch of hair.
I purchased a few products and used them when I washed my hair a few weeks ago. I co-washed with Apogee products. Also, I bought some Moroccan oil which I have not tried yet. I am in no way a product junkie. I like to find products that work and stick with them. The interesting thing though, is that I have no idea what works with my natural texture. I am super stoked to finally be doing this for real, but I have no idea how I am going to style my hair after my BC. I love how really long hair looks in twist-outs or twist-n-curls or curly ‘fros. I love how lightly blown hair looks in a french twist, or in one big cornrow. I can’t wait to be 100% me as far as my mane is concerned.
One of my main concerns was how I was going to be received at work. Now that I’ve been working for a few months, I am not self-critical or concerned with other colleagues’ opinions about my hair. I am glad that I feel this way. I hope my confidence continues to grow as I continue to transition.