It’s a sordid tale, my friends, stemming from my experimentation with the Jamaican Mango & Lime Resistant Formula Locking Gel. Anyhow, after using the gel, my hair just didn’t feel like how it should feel. My ends were rough and knotty; the hair itself just wasn’t as moisturized as it normally was.
While all that was happening, I decided to try blow-drying and flat ironing my hair. I know! I know! My hair is already dried out and I go with my fastness to drop heat in it. Alas, I wasn’t as savvy as I thought I was. So I blow-dry, breaking off my ends as I go (how did I know? I heard and felt them pop off). After that, I proceeded to put oil in my hair (hoping it would smooth out the ends) and flat iron it – essentially frying it. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. When I was finished, about two inches of my ends were fuzzy, knotty, unable to straighten and a lovely colour my sister called, musty brown.
There was no way I could curl these ends – my goal was a sleek bob with ends curled under – so I put about eight Chinese bumps in. In the morning, I had glorious, fluffy, big curls – and trashy ends. How ghetto. Nonetheless, work called and I had to get moving. I did the bumps for the rest of work week as my ends broke, shed and snapped.
On Friday, I went searching for hair shears. I went to Trade Secrets and was SHOCKED by a $45 pair of scissors. Really? I am not Vidal Sassoon or Paul Mitchell! I was thinking that I would have to use my utility scissors to chop off these hideous ends… but wait, wasn’t Shoppers just around the corner? (Did I tell you how much I love Shoppers? Really, I truly do. This is a newfound love affair. They have almost everything I need. Now, if they’d just install a big screen TV showing football, tennis or golf and some comfy couches, the Hubby would join me as I peruse their aisles for goodness.) I got my shears for $10. Yay me!
Saturday afternoon – after watching YouTube videos and reading blogs about trimming your own natural hair, I got started. Most of the people online say that trimming regularly isn’t necessary – unless you have split ends or an abundance of fairy knots (one strand knots that so small fairies must have knotted the hair). Hello, hi – that was me! I started to snip – I could feel where my hair was damaged and where it was healthy. That was about 2½ inches. GASP! That’s plenty hair when your hair shrinks up to your scalp when it’s dry.
Danged JML! Chupse.
I started cutting, hair flying and covering my bathroom floor and sink. The Hubby peeped in: “What are you doing?” He seemed a bit concerned.
“I’m cutting my hair,” I answered.
“Why don’t you go to the hairdresser for that?”
“Because I don’t wanna have to depend on anyone to take care of my hair. I want to learn,” I answered.
“Well,” he said, “as long as you know, only one of us in this relationship can be bald and that’s me.”
I rolled my eyes. “Whatever – I have work to do.” Snip. Snip. Snip.
Forty-five minutes later, I was surrounded by tufts of musty brown hair and a significantly shorter ‘fro. I was sad that I had lost some length, but happy that my ends weren’t trashy and rough.
I proceeded to wash, style and condition – and it felt pretty good. The biggest thing? No tangles when I started styling.
What’s the moral of the story?
- Beware of strange products – you don’t know what lasting effects they’ll have.
- The drugstore is your friend. Specialty hair stores like Trade Secrets or the BSO tend to be more expensive than Shoppers or Pharmasave.
- YouTube is your friend. The ladies on YouTube have so much knowledge about so many aspects of natural hair care. If you are thinking about a style or cutting your own hair, visit YouTube for information.