I'd picked out a style that I felt would look cute on me.
I was ready.
Then I remembered my reasons for doing this:
1. Achieving healthy hair
2. To learn how to care for and maintain my own hair for the first time in my life
3. Learn that beauty has less to do with what is external but more to do with what is internal
PLUS, I'd reached my transition goal - 6 months! I was still a little nervous until I walked into the salon. But when I came in the door, there was Taji, my stylist, smiling. Let me interject here to say, that if you are going to patronize a stylist as a natural (or anyone who provides a personal service for that matter), make sure it is someone who understands what you're trying to accomplish and is truly supportive of your goals. Ensure it is someone who listens to YOU as the customer and doesn't push their own preferences when you've clearly stated what you desire. A supportive, knowledgeable stylist is just as much if not equally as important as supportive friends and family on your journey. Taji met all of these criteria for me.
With my confidence renewed, Taji whipped out the scissors and said, "Do we need to do anything before I get started?" I responded in my signature jovial way, "Nope! We don't have to pray or hold hands singing Kumbaya my Lord. I'm not going to cry. I'm ready!" And I meant it this time.
Before the cut ......
|That's a genuine smile! I love my curls and coils!|
|With leave in conditioner - 6.5 months of new growth|
Styled - Faux hawk with comb twists...
Hair by Taji Shabu, Taji Natural Hair Styling