I thought learning how to do my hair would be easy peasy. After all, i have had this hair for as long as i can remember and its just hair. Boy was i wrong. First, the natural hair blogs make it look so effortless. Especially when they fast pace their videos when they are doing twist outs or bantu knots and then unravel them to a beautiful result the next morning. Well, here is what i have found out to be the raw truth behind doing your own hair.
Well, first, my hair is at that weird transitional stage where the ends stick out straight when i wash it and the rest of the hair is just a matted mess. Lets start from the top.
1. Natural hair products will cost you a pretty penny.
From the range of shampoos that purport to give you silky soft hair, to conditioners and treatments with ingredients that promise volume and bounce, then the butters, creams and gels. I don’t even know half these products yet but taking the aisle where they are stocked is enough to have me rethinking my hair choices.
2. You need to have super stretchy hands and a third eye.
Doing your hair means your hands need to be super stretchy to reach all the corners of your head. The third eye goes without saying. Getting your hair into neat sections is a dedicated task.
3. There goes your Saturday afternoons.
Depending on how often you clean your hair, you can kiss your Saturday afternoons goodbye. Because those videos on you tube that last 4 minutes, could last you a whole hour or so trying to do Bantu knots on your head.
4.Your knots or twists could refuse to dry up.
Mine did. My maiden attempt and one side of my head looked like a bad experiment and i had church to attend. Which brings me to my next point.
5. You need to have plenty of scarves/ turbans and know how to use them.
Because your hair could totally back fire and there’s church or work or something to attend and no time to fix the mess. So, start stocking up on scarves and learn how to tie them.
6. Bad hair days might be an everyday affair.
You know how your hair decides to give you grief every once in a while, this could be your life story. Until you get the gist of doing your own hair, you could move from bad hair day to next bad hair day.
7 . questions, comments, more questions.
“Have you cut your hair? What have you done to your hair? Is that your real hair? Oh, you must be really patient.” Get used to the questions. You will get plenty of this. Even the men will comment.
8.Time to buy a nice wig.
Because some days you do not want to look at your hair and this might be your only quick fix. Scarves wont help you all the time.
On a more positive note..
9.You learn how to use bobby pins.
I bet you have been using them all wrong. Well, you have to learn to use them correctly. Also, buy a tonne of them. Plus those tiny hair bands.
10.You can rock something different everyday.
Perhaps the best bit about learning how to do your own hair is being able to try out something different everyday.
11. You save up on salon visits.
All that money you spend going to the salon? You can now use it to buy products and never need to go to the salon again.
12. Embracing your hair and nailing all those hair do’s is pretty bad ass.
Yeah i said it. Once you learn how to work your hair, then you should pat yourself at the back. Oh, and you’ll look pretty good too.