My hair is growing…like a weed.
And I’m certainly not complaining.
In March, I made a vague comment about wanting to be shoulder-length by fall (got to that goal in Spring 2010) and well on my way to armpit-length by spring 2011.
Well, guess what?
I’m about an inch and a half to armpit length and it’s only fall 2010!*dancing a jig!* (Forgive my lack of pictures. The Hubby was supposed to take a couple of shots, but we’ve been so busy I forgot to get him to do it. My self-portraits this morning left a lot to be desired.)
I’m thinking that I will probably hit this goal – if my hair keeps growing this way and I keep up with my protective styling challenge – by Christmas. And seeing that I’m planning to straighten my hair and get a professional trim if needed around that time, I’ll be able to do a real length check.
While perusing the blogs over the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing other bloggers talk about the natural hair community’s obsession with length. Do I think that there’s an obsession?
I think that a lot of Black women have spent a lot of years obsessing over hair in general – whether they had relaxed, jheri curled or natural hair. Hair has a very distinct meaning for Black women. For many of us, healthy, long hair was a hard goal to achieve. Personally speaking, it was hard as heck to get my hair past my shoulders and when it was shoulder-length it was far from healthy.
Now that I’m natural and have a better idea of how to take care of my hair, it’s growing and it’s healthy and I’m retaining the length. And yes, I would like the choice to not only have healthy hair, but to have hair of any length I choose.
I don’t want to be held at a certain length – if I have a goal to grow my hair down to my waist (that isn’t my ultimate goal – that’s too much dang work), I should be able to try to achieve that without feeling guilty for wanting length. Right now, my length goal is to reach armpit length – the longest that my hair would have ever been.
When I first started my hair journey, I wanted healthy hair. I did like the idea of length, but health was first and foremost. Now that I have healthier hair (I mean, it’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than it was two years ago), I want longer hair.
My ultimate goal? When my hair is kinky, I want it to be shoulder-length. When it’s straight, I want it to be mid-back. I don’t have a time-frame – I’m thinking that by summer 2011, God willing, I’ll be well on my way to that barring any setbacks.
What about you? Do you think that the natural hair community is unusually obsessed with length? Do you have a particular length goal or hair goal?