3 Things That Happened Immediately After I Cut My Hair (Plus 3 That Didn’t)

So unless you’re a fake friend you haven’t been reading the blog lately, you know that I cut my hair about two weeks ago. Because I’m a nice blogger, I’ll allow you to check out the post, which talks about why I decided to cut my hair, my inspiration, the whole process, and my initial thoughts. Now that it’s been a few weeks, I thought I’d check in and update you on some things that have happened to me since I cut my hair, and a few that surprisingly haven’t.

1. I Lost 1 Hour of My Life Every Day
That Don’t Make No Sense

Every single day, if I don’t want to have a compressed fro the next day, I have to braid or twist up my hair into 25 or so pieces to stretch my hair out. Compared to my longer hair – nighttime prep consisted of 12 twists, 6 braids, or a scarf tied around my hair pushed all the way to the front, all of which took MAX 15 minutes to put in and 15 minutes to fix in the morning – this new styling routine takes 30 minutes to do, and 30-60 minutes in the morning to undo. It’s actually ridiculous, and I’m not used to it yet and have been late to work twice because I only left 15 minutes in the morning to take down 25 braids which actually takes an hour. I can just tie a bonnet and sleep, which is precisely what I did for 4 or 5 days last week, but shrinkage comes with tangles and it takes even longer to stretch it back out. While twists are faster than braids, both on the install and takedown, braids stretch more so I feel like I can get two days out of them. Anyway, I’m not happy that my significantly shorter hair is taking me significantly MORE time to do, so that’s a bummer. Hopefully my wash days will be shorter though.

2. I Gained Quite a Few Haters
or nah?

So my YouTube video where I show the whole process of me getting my hair cut at Valerie Signature Salon has 11 dislikes. Now before you’re all like, em ok, and? Let me put that into statistical perspective. In a video that has 1900 or so views, 11 people took the time to rate it poorly (.5%). Of the total 142 people who rated it at all, 11 people disliked it (7%). In a video with a similar number of views (Soft Waves with Crochet Braids), I got 110 likes and no dislikes. My texture discrimination video has 20 dislikes, but also 24k views, so yeah (that’s .08% of total views, and 1% of total ratings). So yes, a higher percentage of people disliked my haircut than dislike most of my videos. I know the video has sound issues but I’m gonna play devil’s advocate and say they either think it’s genuinely ugly or they don’t think people without long hair should be making YouTube videos. I also lost some Instagram followers but I don’t care enough to do the metrics.

3. My Students Were Sad
Sorry to let you down guys

I work with teenagers, and if you don’t spend a lot of time with youth of these days, they are overwhelmingly self and image conscious. My girls have seen my hair go from the Haute Kinky weave to big blowouts to bantu knot outs to the Fingercomber wig to crochet braids, and they’re amazed every time I come to work with a new natural hair style, and even debate about whether or not my new looks are my hair (they did NOT believe the Fingercomber wig wasn’t mine, I had to lift the back to show proof). Not many of them are natural, so I was the poster child for cool, big natural hair that defied most of the stereotypes that they had. So when I cut my hair, their first inclination was that it was a weave or wig, but when they realized it was really gone, they wailed. And threw a tantrum. And yelled at me. And ask my why I did it every day. Yesterday, one of them asked me why I didn’t inform her before I decided to cut my hair. #sorryboo.

And a few things that did not happen:

1. Nobody Significant to Me Thought I Looked Crazy

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My family is EVERYTHING to me. Their opinion matters more to me than my opinion of myself. Why? Because they know me better than I know me, so I trust them. I was a bit worried that my mom and dad would be like “urmm I guess it’s ok” while cringing through their teeth when they saw my haircut (which would’ve been a better reaction that how they felt when I first cut my hair in 2010 – I got a few “chi mu o”s and “ara o di gi”s for all my Igbo folks). However, my mom sent me these kinds words as I was freaking out mid cut, and my dad called me the next day to say he saw my photo on my mom’s phone and I was beautiful 😀

You’re probably wondering how my boyfriend feels about my cut. He don’t care. It’s actually annoying that he has such little opinion, but let me count my blessings. A direct quote: “it’s still soft and pillowy, so as long as you like it, I’m cool”.

2. I Didn’t Cry

Although I came close, I did not cry the day of, the day after, or ever since I cut my hair. I surprised myself because I honestly was flipping out during the appointment, so it was a moment of pride when I got through those first days when I would walk by a mirror and be shocked. I think it’s unhealthy to be so attached to something temporal, like your hair, even though it was and is a huge part of my identity. I patted myself on the back for being a “grown-up” and not shedding tears over my haircut.

3. I Didn’t (and Still Don’t) Regret It
Because in a year Teyonah and I will actually be twins

 A couple of people have asked me if I regret cutting off my hair, especially since a lot was cut off (go back and read the cut post to understand why). Absolutely not. I did not go natural with the goal of growing long hair. I actually didn’t think my hair could grow past my shoulders, because it never did when it was relaxed. I simply wanted to see what my hair looked like, and I ended up falling in love with it, and being privileged enough to be able to make some income off it too! Although the winter is jocking my style, I’m looking forward to playing with different styles, looks, and maybe even some color again, as well as revisiting all the throwback hairstyles I could do when my hair was shorter, like finger coil and rod sets.

Then in another few years I’ll be doing this!

The only thing I regret is not asking Valerie to let me keep my hair so I could make a wig out of it!

Have you drastically changed your hair recently? Did you get any reactions that surprised you?

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  1. I honestly have to say no when I started wearing my hair in it natural state. I love your hair when it was long hair don’t care and I love the new cut of Ijeoma. Don’t worry about what people perception of how,what and should you do. Do you boo!

  2. I love the hair cut, its your natural hair and so its fabulous in any length. When I cut my hair I almost had the same reaction, I used to have long relaxed hair and when I decided to go natural I had to go from long hair to almost bald, when I saw my hair fall to the floor in the hair saloon I almost cried but i didnt! Now my hair is thicker and stronger though its still a twa lool and I love it so once you get used to it nothing can stop you and your crown! (Love your blog xx.)

  3. I think that you and your hair looks fabulous! I think once you get used to it and develop your new routine, you will be unstoppable (you may already be ;))! Love the blog.

  4. I remember when I had a 4 inch twa in beauty school. And I did twist outs so that was mad twists to do and undo lol , didn’t like that part. In don’t like shrunken fros on me either but it takes time to grow

  5. Hmmm…you have a very good perspective of things. I read your last blog and saw the pictures. I think you look fabulous! I also follow you on Instagram. Your post this morning with the guy from sister sister made me laugh.
    The truth is the only person your look matters to is YOU! Because you have to wear it everyday. As long as you are comfortable and love it, it works! Work it girl!!!

  6. Loved the blog!!! And I absolutely love the cut!!! Shoot the main reason I won’t cut mine as of now is because the extra time it will take to maintain and night and in the morning. But oh well to your haters hunny, as long as you are happy that’s what matters!

  7. I got a similar cut a few months ago. Most people said it was cute. Like you I just wanted a change( and shorter wash time) so I didn’t really concern myself with others too much. I also was a little bummed that it seemed my short hair was taking so much time to re twist each night but after about a month or so I kinda went “eh” and gave up on the nightly re twisting. I think I was so scared of my fro being squashed in the am that I thought I HAD to to this. Turns out not really. I found out that if I twisted smaller and damp hair on wash day I could get 7 days out of my twist out without having to re twist. By day 5 or 6 I got a cute chunky fro thing happening. I will re twist by day 7 but every night? No.

    1. Thanks for giving me an idea on how to make it work starting from wash day because I haven’t washed it yet specifically because I didn’t have a plan!

  8. I love your haircut!! I totally agree with mommy and daddy. I remember when I did my big chop. I immediately straightened it because I was afraid of my parents’ reaction. Fast forward to wash day, my parents absolutely loved it. Of course the haters came trolling in but….we’ll just keep them there. My parents prefer my hair curly than straight and now my mom is thinking about cutting her hair too. We’ll see if she follows through but it’s still pretty exciting.

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