In the last few years, I have made some major and sometimes spontaneous changes to my hair. Many of you have noticed and I have received a few requests for an updated hair post. So, here it is!
If you have seen my earliest hair posts (Hair Story Part I and Hair Story Part II), then you would remember that I wore locs for 8 years, started cutting them, and then completely transitioned back to loose natural hair in 2008.
|Flashback to December 2008. Twist-out.
I had lots of fun working with my loose natural hair for about two years. By the end of summer 2010, I thought I was ready for another set of locks.
|August 2010. First set of coils in preparation to loc.
|September 2010. Installed new set of coils.
Fewer and larger coils this time.
In the Fall of 2010, I was deep into Zumba, doing seven hours of the dance fitness workout every week. Since I sweat profusely in Zumba, though, my starter locs were having a hard time locking.
By November of 2010, I abandoned the loc plans and changed my hair to accommodate my workouts. Seriously. I decided to cut my hair because of my workout schedule. My zumba classes are at night and I would have to teach in the mornings on some of the following days. I needed a style that I could wash often and would look chic without styling (twists, braids, twist-outs, etc). The answer for me was a low, tapered fro.
I found a local natural hair stylist who could do a dry cut without blow-drying or flat ironing my hair and I got in her chair. The stylist had worked with my larger fro before, so she recommended a length (a bit longer than I asked for) to ease into the new shape.
|November, 2010. Day after new cut.
Twist-out from twists done on dry hair.
|November, 2010. Wet set twist-out.
I returned 6 weeks later and asked the stylist to cut the hair lower. This is the look I got.
|December 2010. Lower tapered fro.
I loved the lower cut, but it was too short to twist in the shortest areas. I now visit my stylist every 8 weeks to shape up the cut and have been maintaining more length each time.
|May 2011. Longer tapered fro.
|June 17, 2011. Most recent cut. Decided to go lower.
Regarding products, I am still using my favorite Darcy’s Botanicals products. Check out Hair Story Part III for details.
For now, the shorter do is working for me. But, who knows what I will get the urge to do next?
Has your lifestyle influenced your hairstyle choices or vice versa?