I decided to chop the mess out of my hair almost 6 months ago. I looked in the mirror at my straightened, thinning-out, heat-damaged, lifeless locks and just said no more. No more fear of raindrops and humidity. No more smelling my hair burn as I pressed it with a flatiron on the daily. No more spending $500 on so-called “natural” keratin treatments. Just no more.
I missed my naturally, thick, curly, bodacious locks! So at midnight on a Saturday I booked an online appointment to get a major chop the next morning at 8 am. I made this super early appointment because I didn’t want to be conscious enough a few hours later to change my mind! I woke up, went to my salon and my stylist chopped my shoulder-length hair all off. I truly had short hair for the first time. Even though she added heat to blow it straight, majority of the damage was gone. I went back to the salon a few months later to get even more chopped off so that all the strands on my head were healthy, curly, natural and all mine.
“I also wanted other little girls with curly locks to see me proudly sporting the hair I was born with and possibly encourage them to embrace their own natural beauty!”
So why did I take this bold move? I didn’t want to fight both nature and all of the societal messages that tell me my hair is unruly and desirable. Because you know what? It’s not! It’s beautiful, full of body, gorgeous and a reflection of my multiple ancestries. HELLO!
I also wanted other little girls with curly locks to see me proudly sporting the hair I was born with and possibly encourage them to embrace their own natural beauty! So simple. So real. So beautiful. So ME.
Simply Susan is a curly-haired, multiracial, YouTuber, and mommy of 2 under 5. She is currently flaunting her chopped coif in Washington, DC. Subscribe to Susan’s beauty and style channel, Simply Susan, for upbeat beauty discoveries and tips.
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