For the past couple weeks I’ve had a trip to the salon on the mind. My ends were feeling ratty, my color had seriously grown out and it was just time to get in Marie’s chair at Madusalon and let Lola get some professional love. The issue is, I was headed into the salon with The Itch. You know, that little voice in the back of my mind that has been saying [for upwards of a year] “SHAVE IT OFF!”
Seeing as I transitioned for a year, I never had the opportunity (or the guts) to chop my hair super short, but it’s always been a style to which I’ve been drawn I wrote an entire series on this blog called “Chop! Chop!“, which features interviews with those who have rocked their 2nd Chop (starring: Felicia Leatherwood, Tomiko Frasier Hines, and Pam Jenkins of Koils By Nature). To me, these ladies were almost braver in chopping the second time around because they had already crossed the finish line that most naturals are yearning to reach: long, natural hair. So for these Chop! Chop!’ers to just clip off their years of “work” inspired me by showing not just that it was possible, but also yielded beautiful, confident results with no regrets.
So there I was, with a 2nd Chop on the mind, a hair appointment on the books and the conflicting emotion of wanting to have beautiful flowing curls. I explained all of this to Marie who took my confusion in stride and helped me sort it out:
“So you want short hair, but also long hair?”
“You’re making no sense.”
“Well, show me what you’re talking about.”
After a trip to her computer where I showed her some cropped cuts and styles I’ve been eyeing she sat me in her chair and broke out the clippers.
My heart raced as I saw piles of my curls fall to the floor and disappear into a trash bin. I have to admit I was sad to see them go. Very sad.
I’ve always loved my spiral boing boing curls, but I also found myself entranced by the sleek, short silhouette I saw in the mirror.
Once the cut was done, we decided to do another round of all over color. I’ve been a HUGE fan of the color I’ve been rocking this past year so decided to bring it into my new style.
After a round of all over dye, followed by highlights and a finishing toner, I was washed, styled and only had a few minutes to sit beneath the dryer before I had to dash off to be a guest judge at an elementary school spelling bee in Oakland (!).
Typically Marie does a final cut to finish the style, but I had to dash out the door so quickly we didn’t have time that night but decided that I would return to the salon in a couple days for her to check it out. I also promised I wouldn’t post pictures of her work until it was all finished.
Leaving the salon, my hair looked great! I was loving the cut and felt fresh, sophisticated and renewed. However, the next day, things started to go downhill….
…and learn why in part 2…