My mom & me
For my birthday Mr. Love Bird treated me to a hair appointment and another surprise which I'll get to later. I've written before about transitioning to natural hair and I've been without a relaxer since March. Honestly, it's been great not having to trek to the salon on Saturdays and spend several hours in the chair or under the hair dryer and it's been good to save money too!
Now that my natural hair is longer it's competing more with the relaxed hair and I contemplated getting it cut off. This made several people nervous including Mr. Love Bird and my mother, but in the end the stylist recommended that I not do a "big chop" which is what many black women do when they decide to go natural. Instead she suggested that I get flat twists and continue doing braidouts to transition and ultimately get braid extensions to last 2-3 months. Prior to getting braids I'll get a few inches cut off (I last had about 5 inches cut off in June at Synergi while I was in Ohio; remember my "new do?"), then after the braids come out I'll get the rest cut off and have my natural texture only. I can't wait for that!
So right now I have flat twists:
Don't mind the laundry in the background!
It's all folded and put away now ;-)
Tomorrow I'll let it out into a braidout (I'll be sure to post a pic).
Here's the braided style I ultimately want to get:
So on to the rest of my birthday . . .
Uka surprised me and had my sister and two good friends Maria and Van come over for dinner and red velvet cake! Uka did all the preparations while watching Nia. We had shrimp scampi and Caesar salad and it was SO good. During dinner we were treated to a beautiful lightning show out our patio window. It was a fitting end to summer! Nia slept pretty much the entire time too, and it was great to have some adult time.
Here are a couple BlackBerry pics:
Overall, it was a good, quiet entrance to my third decade and ultimately, the best present I could have is being mom to Nia. I feel so blessed!