Monday, November 14, 2011 10:05 AM
Posted by GG Renee | Filed under Healthy Natural Hair
Back in August, I was feeling overwhelmed with maintaining and styling my hair, so I got two inches cut off. Ever since then, I've been in love with hair all over again and styling has been so much easier.
How has it been easier? *Less tangles and pulling hair out while washing and conditioning. *Less manipulation during styling (when I separate into sections for twisting, braiding or blowdrying, it separates easily). *No matter how I wear my hair, the style seems to maintain better throughout the day. *Of course, I still have the natural hair "swell" that occurs throughout the day (that I love) but it's more contained. *It swells and gets bigger, but I don't have a crazy detrimental detangling session to deal with at the end of the night.
Since I've been natural, I've only had my hair professionally trimmed two or three times. I was a long term transitioner, so I got my hair cut frequently while I was growing the relaxer out. I've relied primarily on search and destroy sessions and/or dusting to keep my ends somewhat healthy. But now I've realized that if I'm going to continue to grow my hair, I will only be able to do so with regular trims. Otherwise, I just don't have the time or patience to maintain it.
The Learning Opportunity
With this realization, I scheduled a reminder on my calendar to get my hair trimmed in early November, about three months after the August trim. I'd decided to get a trim every three months and see how that works. The stylist who trimmed my hair in August works at a Haircuttery right down the street from my house and she did a great job. She did exactly what I asked. Initially, I asked her to only trim one inch. She didn't push back, didn't argue. Once she got started, she sectioned off my hair and started trimming. After a couple snips, she held a section out and showed me how much she was cutting. She asked me if I was sure that I only wanted one inch. I looked at the piece she was showing me and said, you know what, go ahead and cut two inches so that I know I'll really be able to feel the difference. And so she did.
I absolutely loved the results and how cooperative she was. For $15.99, I knew I'd continue coming back to her for my trims every three months and I gave her a great tip.
Fast forward to about a week ago, I had some free time on my hands and went by the Haircuttery (without calling or referencing the card the stylist gave me with her hours on it) and of course she wasn't there. There was however, another stylist ready and available to trim my hair. So, I paused for just a second and said OK, I mean it's just a trim. It shouldn't be that big a deal for any stylist to do it.
Here's the conversation that ensued:
Her: When's the last time you had a trim?
Her: Oh! Well, you're long overdue.
Me: No, I'm actually right on time. I get my hair trimmed every three months.
Her: Oh. (voice full of disapproval) OK if you say so.
Me: Well, that's what works best for me because I'm trying to grow my hair. Any more frequent than that and my hair will pretty much stay the same length. Plus, I wear my hair curly quite a bit (she squinched her face up when I said that!) and for curly styles it doesn't matter so much if it's cut perfectly.