Yesterday late afternoon, after months of deliberating, I finally let go of my damaged ends. It doesn’t look as much as it actually is but this is about 4 inches of damaged hair. So essentially I’ve cut off about half of my hair length. Well technically not me, my good friend Darla. Lol, she thought I was joking when I told her to cut it off for me and was nervous for about a minute but then she began hacking away.
|Darla, my shorter Fro and I (and some scissors lol)|
At first, she was a bit surprised why I was going to let go of the length but once she started assessing my hair, she too saw that the ends were looking and feeling very different to the rest of my more healthy hair. I think that’s what made her fully on board. It also didn’t feel like much was removed in the beginning. I thought it would be shorter but come evening time and I had to twist it for bed, it became obvious I couldn’t twist my hair in as big sections as before. So it’s definitely significantly shorter but I’m loving it already! I feel free 😀
Here’s to fresh starts!
I know this is a late comment, but how did you ends get damaged?
I'm curious because of my recent experience. Whilst transitioning, I was caring for my hair like mad. Much more than before I started my healthy hair journey. Yet when I took down the braids, my relaxed ends just dropped off, and I was forced to cut off my remaining straight hair. I am pleased with my TWA. I however can't understand how my hair got so damaged, after caring so diligently for it.
After reading some of your blog archives, I see you've been caring for your hair too. So I'm surprised that your ends got damaged. This has also happened to other bloggers that I keep up with. It makes me somewhat disappointed, like all that time wasted…
What are your thoughts?
You're beautiful ..and love your hair :):)
I know the feeling, very liberating. Looks really nice on you and you look happy.
You look happy and your hair looks healthy and cute.
Ms Dee Kay
Wow! It looks great! Nothing feels better than healthy ends so I know how relieved you must feel!
wow amazing!! looks absolutely stunning *pinning picture onto my natural hair board*.. xx
Very nice Aisha, and you girls look gorgeous and happy..
Its about the same length as mine. I cannot wait to see what styles you can do so I can copy. :p
It looks beautiful! And so healthy! Reminds me that I need to go for a chop too…
Your hair is amazing!! I recently chopped all my hair, and it feels amazing!!
love the last pic. seems like u had lots of fun letting it all go!
well done Aisha. Its a brave decision. One that I need to make too…
Have you seen any breakage since your color?
Hi Aisha, love the shorter hair…
Just wanted to say that you are trully an inspiration to me and I'm sure of thousands of African ladies out there. I recently stumbled into your blog about a week ago, and I am hooked!!! I was natural for about two years but got frustrated that my fro was just tooo dry and coily. After reading about your story I realise that I had no clue about taking care of my afro. Thank you for educating me and inspiring me into giving the natural route another go. I will have to wait another 3 months before chopping my hair. It wont be a big chop for me as I recently cut my hair into a pixie-like style.
Keep up the good work & God bless you 🙂
Wow, so you were serious while talking about cutting your hair again! I am personally fighting for more lenght (only 1 year natural), but I can understand your decision. You look great no matter the lenght anyway.
Wilma from Helsinki
love it! love it! love it! you look amazing!
Yay!!!!! Im so happy right now. Did my second chop on Thursday all thanks to the previous article you wrote. I cut off half of my hair aswell as the top half was damaged due to the colour I used. I have been getting quite a few compliments for my "brave" haircut and just people telling me it looks beautiful. Im in Qatar now so I think they are fascinated by my hair as most African ladies are in weaves and braids or relaxed. Thanks for the courage you gave me to do my second chop!
I like the new look! It's does feel very free to let go of damaged hair. I can relate with you on that 🙂
Haha so happy for you! Really unfortunate your ends were damaged, but this looks really good on you! Have fun with it 😉
Good that you made that decision. I did the same last year and also cut off about 4 inches of damaged ends and had 3 inches left. Now after a year, my hair has come back to its old length but is much more healthier.
I'm sure you won't regret it, and before you know it you hair will grow past the length it initially was 🙂
…u brave sista! But better shorter healthy hair than hair u ain't happy about.
NOOOOOOO! Am kidding, it looks great. Cant wait to see styling tutorials for this length.