If you read yesterday’s post (or were on Instagram on Sunday), then you already know that this past weekend I took the plunge and finally cut my hair. I received a complimentary cut and style from the amazing people at Bumble and bumble. (thank you so much Sukiana, Connie and Andrew!) in their beautiful, bright and spacious Bb. Salon DOWNTOWN. I showed up with a bird’s nest on top of my head: a super-old, super stretched twist-out. The day started with a cup of green tea courtesy of Bb. Tea. Then it was time to meet Andrew (my stylist) and start my cut!
Andrew was awesome! He has over 20 years’ experience cutting hair, he’s super cool, and was really relaxed about doing my hair, which made me feel more relaxed too. He decided to cut my hair dry, which was perfect because I wasn’t quite sure how I’d get the look I was going for (a semi-tapered curly fro) if my hair was wet (because of my natural hair texture–I don’t have curly hair). I showed Andrew a few photos, and he quickly got the gist of what I wanted to do.
He really liked my crazy hair (he liked the curls I’d gotten from using bantu knots on my old twist-out) and said he wouldn’t even cut it if he had the choice, which was really nice of him. But I had made up my mind. I was tired of the split ends, tired of the breakage, tired of the inconsistency of my hair (I never knew how it was going to look from day-to-day) and tired of seeing my face with this same exact length. My hair had been somewhere between armpit length and bra-strap length for almost five years. I was totally ready for this change, and so Andrew got to work.
Andrew was FAST. Once he knew what I wanted my hair to look like, he wasted no time. My initial cut (before touching up and and making sure everything was even) was only a few minutes. Seriously. In no time at all, half of my hair was lying on the floor! Once this initial cut was over, Andrew then took his time to make sure my hair was shaped evenly and that no stray bits had escaped his first cut.
And that was it! I officially had a tapered curly fro, a haircut I’ve been wanting for such a long time! After the cut, it was time to wash and style. Andrew was eager to see my natural texture and find some way for me to wear it in its organic state (versus manipulating my texture with a twist-out/braid-out). I warned him that wouldn’t be easy…
Most people don’t believe me when I tell them this, but I have 4C hair. That means I don’t have a distinct curl pattern (my hair is NOT curly), so I don’t get defined curls when I wash-and-go. Which is why I don’t do it (I tried it once…disaster). There are still lots of naturals out there who assume that all 4C hair is coarse (I think even the person who invented this typing system had the same misconception). But the truth is, while my curl pattern is identical to any 4C out there, my hair texture is very fine. As a result, my hair is extremely fragile. Thankfully, I don’t have any real shrinkage woes, and it’s really easy for me to manipulate my “curl pattern,” using twist-outs and roller sets.
After a few different product combinations and a couple tries with the diffuser (I know curly girls love their diffusers, but I think I’ll stick to air drying), it became clear that may hair was not about that life. There would be no washing and going anywhere! So Andrew asked me to show him how I style my hair everyday. I got the chance to show him how to do a two-strand flat twist and how to do bantu knots. It was awesome!
We left my flat-twists/bantu knots in my hair as the final set. My hair didn’t dry all the way when I left the salon (natural hair woes), but it didn’t matter because I was ready to be out in the world with my new cut. I didn’t feel like a totally different person when I left the Bb. Salon. I finally felt like myself, and that’s what’s been so amazing about this experience. I felt like my hairstyle finally matched the way I view myself. My confidence was through the roof! I literally didn’t care what anyone thought, whether they thought it was cute (or not). I was too happy with the results to care!
I really enjoyed everything about my Bumble and bumble. experience. My haircut was perfect, exactly what I wanted, and Andrew was professional, friendly and genuinely wanted to make sure that I was happy with the end result. He also showed me how to add conditioner and leave-in to my hair (both should be done when my hair is soaking wet in the shower, because my hair responds really well to the moisture), and I was glad that I was able to share some styling techniques that we use so often in the natural hair community, but are still unknown to more mainstream stylists.
Again, HUGE thanks to the folks at Bumble and bumble. and Bb. Salon DOWNTOWN for literally making my dreams come true. I am going to have so much fun with my new hair!
I also have to thank Mr. Scott for sitting in a salon with me for hours and snapping all these wonderful photos. I also want to thank him for being supportive of my decision to cut off half of my hair and for understanding how important it was for me to go through with such a major change. He’s a great guy.