I totally miss having long hair:
However, I decided that healthy hair was more important so I chopped it off. Uka actually cut most of it then I did some and the salon finished it by blow drying, cutting some more, then flat ironing. Nia still recognizes me so that's a good thing!
I haven't decided if I'll relax my hair ever again, but what drove me to it was that I was getting tired of having two competing textures. My plan was to transition little by slowly, but it was getting too much to handle, and I feel so much better now just having one texture.
Regarding it being healthy, I've noticed that since leaving Boston and coming to New York in 2007 Dominican salons have wreaked havoc on my hair. The blow dyring, tugging and pulling has thinned it tremendously, and I miss the thick, healthy hair I used to have. I've had a hard time finding a salon that will care for my hair, style it well, charge a reasonable price and respect my time. The one salon that I found that did all of these things was Synergi in Columbus, OH, and I really wish they'd open a branch here. They would do tremendous business here in NYC.
Honestly, Mr. Love Bird is having a challenging time adjusting to my new style but we've known each other 11 years and he's seen my hair in many different styles. He knows it will grow back , but if patience wears thin I can always get a weave like this one on BeingMrsJones. She looks fabulous!