This conversation, my friends, is on something that plagues curly-haired people everywhere: shrinkage! No, this isn’t referring to something in the bedroom; I’m talking about the length of my hair not really showing the true length of my hair. I’ve been growing it for just over a year now, and while the inches have definitely been adding to each other, my hair has been doing this wonderfully tricky thing. For any of you super curlies out there – you know what I’m talking about. It’s still at the stage where it’s growing out rather than growing down. What the hell, right? It makes it really difficult to maintain long hair inspiration (hairspiration?). I constantly amaze straight-haired friends by flaunting the fact that my hair is just about at nipple length (I could almost do a cool boudoir-style photo shoot with straight-hair coverage [sorry, Dad!]), but it bounces up to near my chin. Sometimes, it’s not in the cool, afro-esque way, either – no! It does a Sideshow Bob kind of thing. Absolutey darling.
Now, when I was younger, I used to envision what I like to call ‘mermaid hair’ – a beautiful, flowing, loose curl that wafted down near my lower back – always stylish, always romantic-looking, and always easy to manage. You know, like a mermaid (get it? Mermaid hair?). Flash forward to my present reality: curly, sometimes wiry, 3b/3c hair that, although I love it dearly, does not always produce the most satisfying results, length-wise. So, what’s a girl to do?
My current way to push through this (perhaps another year long) block of limited appearance of growth lies in my ‘Curl’ Pinterest board. Crazy, right? But hear me out — I try to find women with hair similar to mine, for starters. There’s no point in salivating over a hair type that I will most likely never have (I’m looking at you, Solange Knowles, with your amazing afro). I need to see length retention in ladies who are similar to me. It gives me a much clearer goal, and acts as inspiration to keep going with my hair care journey. What about you, friends? How do you avoid chopping all your hair off in a Britney-esque display of insanity? What makes you push through?