When I cut my hair a while back I did it on some what of a well thought out whim. By “well thought out” I mean that since I have previously cut my hair in the past (both when my hair was getting fried by hot combs and then later laid by creamy crack) I was fairly confident that my hair would grow at a similar rate (or maybe faster) than it did back then. The fact of the matter is hair grows because that’s just what hair does. Sometimes it needs a little help to get the length you want but at the end of the day…it grows.
I barely told any one about my decision to go for what I’ll nickname my second “big chop”, I did hint at what was coming but no one took me seriously because most people knew how much I loved my curls. I started planning to cut it closer to graduation because living down south it’s common to glisten buckets in the spring not just in the summer, so I thought a cute bob would be perfect for my traditional outdoor southern graduation from the College of Charleston. My plans changed when I had a friend tell me they didn’t think I had the “look” for a short cut…What do you mean I don’t have “the look”. 2-3 weeks later–the day before my birthday–my hair was in a hairy puddle around my feet as my stylist at the time worked her magic. Just like I had predicted my hair grew; in fact, it grew back so fast I really didn’t have a chance to appreciate a short cut. So I cut it again this time my good friend Kionne did the honors. I dedicated a lot of time scouring Pinterest and Insta for pictures of short natural cuts to become inspired by. I followed Amber Rose and became slightly obsessed with how empowering her unique style and look made her more feminine. I pinned and re-pinned countless pins on Pinterest on maintaining short styles and tip on growing my hair back out for when I was ready to. 21 months later and I can safely say my obsession with short cuts has come and gone -although I’m still a fan- and I’m experimenting with growing my hair and retaining stretched curls because my shrinkage is the absolute worst. I take biotin here and there but I’m not a fan of the extra hair growth in other areas besides my head. Besides taking biotin one of my favorite tips I found on stimulating hair growth involves an easy to make mixture of olive oil and red peppers (the link to the recipe is below) as well as a more popular concoction using fresh cayenne pepper and vodka (I haven’t tried this one yet).