Y’all I found myself just a tad bit jealous of my little niece this past Saturday. Over the weekend, her mom finally got her to give up the puff, which she’d been wearing for the better part of a month. Saturday, she shampooed and conditioned it and the twisted up the back. Sunday, she tackled the rest.
So out of curiousity I asked my sis to stretch one of her twists in the back to see how long her hair was getting. What I saw almost made me fall out of my chair. Her hair easily stretched down to the top of her bra strap. And what followed next was an emotion I was not prepared for — jealousy.
See up until April of this year, our hair in length was pretty close…well, maybe her’s was a little longer but nonetheless, my hair was almost bra-strap length. Her’s was armpit length. But even so, she’s also taller, so the same milestones (eg., shoulder length, bra-strap length, midback, waistlength etc., means our hair will NOT be the same length. With her height, her hair has to be longer than mine to reach each of these milestones. (Ok…does this make sense…I was pretty sleepy when I first wrote this so I feel like I’m rambling. My apologies.
Anyhoo, back in about April or May I ended up getting four inches of hair cut off. Some of y’all may recall how distraught I was ’bout that. It took me awhile to get over it. After a while, I could see how thick and luscious my hair was, because the ratty ends were gone. Finally I got to a point where I could start loving and appreciating my hair all over again…despite the fact that it felt like I was starting over with my quest to reach lengths never before seen or experienced on my head.
Boo, hoo, hoo. I got over it. Or so I thought. But when I saw my niece’s hair stretched down to her bra strap I suddenly thought…”No…that’s not fair! My hair was supposed to reach bra-strap length first!” Ok..now it’s not like I dwelled on this thought, but there you have it, I actually felt it. Silly right? We’re not in competition. Quite frankly, most of the time, she’s oblivious to all this hair stuff that I speak of anyway. If we, (meaning meaning me, my mom and my sis) didn’t make such a big deal out of how long her hair is getting, I honestly believe she’d probably NEVER think about it. We’re the one’s obsessed with length — not her. So yeah, do I think this little covert, emotional outburst was silly, well of course I do. But it just goes to show you how much, how badly we’re conditioned to want long (and in the case of da naps) big hair.
Eventually, I’m sure it will rub off on her but she’s just too young to care right now. Anyhoo, here’s an update. I posted this on NP back in January of this year in our Children’s with Naps thread in the Natural Styles Workshop forum.
Here’s a pic of my niece’s latest do. She was so excited. She asked me to take some pictures for “you know that nappy site you go to all the time.” Well alrighty then, presenting my happy nappy niece!
Here’s the update. This was taken Sunday night 09/30/07.