OK, so I cheated a bit, but I managed to grow out my shaved side cut I got last May. If there’s one thing about going natural that has seriously amazed me, it’s all this hair bravery I’ve had the last few years…lol. When I had a relaxer I’d be all bent out of shape over a trim, but after doing the big chop in 2011, I ain’t scared of nothing, yo!
So yes, last May I shaved the right side of my hair off. Prior to the cut I used to roll my eyes at people who would get the style and then found myself actually needing to get it because I had some major breakage (it’s like the under cut gods were out for me!). But I was totally not expecting to love it so much. I felt like a dude though because I’d need shape-ups so often because my hair would look like 5 o’clock shadow after a few days. I worked it for a few months before I was like ahhhhhhh, I’m over it and decided to grow it out. Only thing though when you’re growing out a cut like that is that it doesn’t really look like a style when you’re growing it out. Which wouldn’t typically matter much but I get booked for stuff where I need to look on brand and can’t be looking like Martin when he ran off to join that cult. Ohhh or better reference: Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass. in Unbreakable. And I’m no stranger to weaves and thangs, so my first style after I decided to grow it out was a curly full weave.
And then when I grew tired of that I wore my own hair but since it wasn’t in a style, I then wound up wearing a straight weave. And then when I grew tired of that, back to my own hair which still wasn’t in a style and I was SO not trying to shave the side down again so I mostly wore hats and scarves until I had a half-wig made out of some extensions hair I had left over. That really helped because I could have longer hair when I wanted and take it out when I wanted without commitment.
Aaaaand then after that I was getting ready to be in the Caribbean for two weeks and knew I didn’t want to have to worry about hair so I got a wavy weave. I rocked with that for a while because I really loved the texture and length but when that started getting tired, I decided to check in and see what my own hair was doing.
So I went to Gabrielle and had my hair blown out for the first time in forever and the shaved side had grown in SO much! She cut it into an asymmetrical bob that I L-O-V-E. At my salon visit I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my hair so I just had her braid it. Since I plan on wearing it mostly straight, I’m gonna go back to have it shaped up more.
I used the Ojon Super Sleek line (shampoo + conditioner + blowout perfector) and blew it out and flat ironed it myself. I can get SUPER bored/tired/overwhelmed with straightening my own hair so it’s not completely straight—but that’s okay because I prefer my hair to not be bone straight. I’ll go and get a proper blowout and what not at the salon soon.
But I’m really happy with the cut. I actually contemplated getting a relaxer because I wanted to get a short piecey cut and I wear my hair straight so often anyway, but thankfully I talked myself out of it…lol. I have SO much hair and while I had nice hair when I had a relaxer, it’s MUCH cooler now without one.
So in conclusion (ha—like this was a dissertation), growing out a shaved side cut ain’t so bad. I had a good amount of growth in less than a year’s time and protective styles really helped to get over style humps. My next feat is to grow out my hair as much as I can because I’m going for big Monica from Girlfriends hair. Or at least for now I am…lol.