Yay to my first post!! Woo!
So that girl above is me. First picture is me with my fro before I took the plunge. The 2nd and 3rd photo are what happened next. You can even see the shine off my perfectly bald head, that’s how smooth I went. It’s quite an odd sensation doing a wet shave on your head. After months of psyching myself up for this it’s done. I am not disappointed, I am feeling myself right now. Right now, I feel good, but I was worried I might end up looking like Sisqo. You know, from the Thong Song, with the platinum hair because my scalp would be so pale due to not having ever seen the light of day.
I have to admit I was a bit hesitant with the razor in my hand. By that point, I felt like I couldn’t quit. I’d told people I was going to do this so I would have to do this. I’m not someone who always follows through on things I say I am going to do. I am a serial procrastinator. Put off today what you can get away with doing tomorrow or the day after if possible. But no, this is a new beginning. I will do that less, I will be a better me and I will do stuff today, mostly.
Another worry was that I would have one of those weird shaped heads. It’s what people say, right, “I can’t shave my head as I might look like a deflated football”. Turns out, my head is an acceptable shape. Except for a little divot in the middle which my husband described to me as a “cleft head”. This conjures up images of John Travolta’s chin. You don’t want that in the back of your head, so at least I can’t see it. Speaking of my husband, he was extremely supportive during “The Shave”, although when I asked if I had any weird scars up there his reply was “Just this one that looks like Tina Turner but I don’t want to talk about it!” Reassuring much!
There is a warm sensation going on up there which is not going anywhere thus far, I think it’s razor burn. Now I don’t like the cold, I will wrap myself up in a blanket on the hottest day of summer but the feeling of my cold hands on my hot head feels amazing. Like cold ice cream with hot apple pie, yummy! The electric razor did a good job but just couldn’t get close enough. So I did the first round of the wet shave, my husband did the finishing touches for me. Him helping me, that’s love people, although as he said “If going against the express wishes of your partner is love, then this is it.”
He’ll get used to my new look eventually or…well, there is no or! Now there are a few tiny cuts, nothing too visible even though it does sting a little. I hope that will go away soon. Also I never realised how draughty my house is. I can feel EVERYTHING which does make me feel a little nervous about getting in the shower tomorrow. Will it be like hard rain hitting a glass roof? Even when I lean my head back on the leather sofa it’s similar to the sensation of dunking my head in cool water.
I have to say I am really digging this look though. I have never had super short hair and I think it suits me, I may even be a little disappointed when the stubble comes in. As my hair was getting shorter, it was like seeing the journey I will be going on in reverse and I don’t hate what I saw. Lucky really. But this is not the goal, this is a temporary stage.
The goal is to get my type 4 kinky, coily hair down to tailbone length, as a challenge, just to see if I can do it. It will be hard, if not nearly impossible. Yes you can find hundreds of videos and photos of girls that have done it but if everyone could grow natural afro hair like mine that long, then surely more would. Let’s see what I think and feel about all of this come the harsh light of day tomorrow. The confidence may wane.
Finally, as I am a bit of a geek I have to mention that I wish I had done this yesterday. Yesterday being Halloween, because I would make one kick ass black female Jean Luc Picard. So I have to say it, I apologise in advance, but I just have to say it. I am about to
boldly baldly go where no one has gone before!
Phew, now that’s over, let’s get growing!
xx Lee xx
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