Most African-American women probably can relate.
I don’t know what to do with my hair. I cut it off because after I became a new mom, I just couldn’t keep it looking sharp. I like it. It’s easy. It’s what many call a short natural. A boy cut. It’s cool, but sometimes….and I mean only sometimes, I want some kind of other look.
I’ve done the weaves, the braids, the extensions, the pieces, even the wigs. I’ve colored, waved, cropped, trimmed, had the curl, gone asymmetrical (the 80s …remember Salt N’ Peppa). I’ve added the pony-tail, flaunted my pony-tip and even did the super-afro and told Angela Davis ‘eat your heart out honey’.
And honestly all the additions, especially weaves, are expensive and often hot and itchy.
I did it all for the camera….vanity…yes I admit I was vain. It was vanity in the beginning and later a concern that others who saw me wouldn’t think I was feminine enough to hire unless I had long locks. It stemmed from a bad period in my life when a working colleague told me my boss — a news director who will remain un-named — didn’t like reporters with short hair and I’d better let it grow…or she’d LET ME GO.
At the time I was sporting a 90s Halle Berry cut with a perm and was happy. But even then the permanent relaxer or “creamy crack” as some call it would damage my hair so badly, I’d have some serious issues. I’d periodically have to cut it really short…which concerned my friends that it was just “too masculine for tv.”
But now….tv is behind me, at least for now. I’m chemical free…..and pretty much hair a la light.
But if you out there have some suggestions — I’m open to hearing them.
I’ve had thoughts of doing this long before Chris Rock put together his documentary :”Good Hair”. I actually want to see it because everything I’ve read indicates it is a thought provoking documentary….not just comedy.