Congratulations on Going Natural
She looks at me and smiles with a hint of surprise coupled with a smidgeon of amusement. It’s at that point I realized that my life on internet hairboards had crept into my offline life. I mean, it’s quite common place to celebrate someone’s decision to go natural online, but how often is it seen as something special out in the world?
This past weekend I was finally able to pin one of my friends down to help me color my hair. I could probably do it by myself but it’s a big help that she does it for me, quite frankly because she can see the back and I can’t.
Anyhoo, on Saturday we made an afternoon/evening of it. Now that I’ve got the routine down pat, 45 minutes after we finally got started, I had a full head of beautiful cocoa brown hair, courtesy of Clairol’s Texture and Tones line.
That’s the easy part. Then I had to take all those darned twists down, detangle, re-moisturize and retwist. I got most of them redone while we were watching some movies, but around midnight, I’d had enough and decided to finish up the next day.
On Sunday I still was not in the mood to touch my hair, but I was in the mood for a good ‘ole McDonald’s Big Breakfast. Hmmm… but what about my hair? I looked in the mirror and thought “Ok…the front doesn’t look too bad.” So I just kinda pinned it back as best I could and hopped around the corner to the drive thru. I ordered, paid at the first window and pulled up to the second one to get my breakfast and while the cashier was waiting for my order to come up, I noticed her very, very short hair. Her naturally nappy/curly hair was very cute. At about the same time, my hair must have caught her eye as well.
“I love your hair,” she said. “Who does your twisties?”
Now why do folks alway compliment my hair when I’m in the MIDDLE of doing it, and have to run an errand and I go out with my hair half done?
While that thought dances quickly through my head, I smile and tell her I do my own hair. She seemed to be quite surprised, as are most people, when I tell them I do my own hair.
“Wow…and you have virgin hair…right?” I nod. “Cause you can only do that on virgin hair,” she said. “See I just cut my hair again cause I’m growing my hair out. I wanna wear my hair like that.”
We continue on a little bit more about hair, and then in an attempt to wind down the conversation quickly as she hands my order out the window, I tell her “Congratualtion on going natural.”
She looks at me and smiles with a hint of surprise coupled with a smidgeon of amusement. It’s at that point I realize my life on internet hairboards had crept into my offline life. I mean, it’s quite common place to celebrate someone’s decision to go natural online, but how often is it seen as something special out in the world?
I shrug and quickly explain that I think it is wondeful that she wants to wear her hair natural cause it’s just not that prevalent anymore. She agrees, I get my food, we exchange goodbyes and I drive off.
As I head home, I’m still rather amused about the whole encounter because I can’t get over how much my thinking has been influenced by the internet hairboards.
How about you? Has something like this ever happened to you before?