When I started on my natural hair journey I was pretty much relieved to start fresh. I no longer had limp, fried hair. My hair wasn’t broken or damaged. It was short, easy to care for and completely mine. In the weeks leading up to my Big Chop I remember looking up something along the lines of whether black girls could grow their hair long. I stumbled on ‘Black Girls Long Hair’ and Kimmaytube among others. All of a sudden I was introduced to these women, these real life people who were challenging what I thought I knew. I thought my hair couldn’t ‘handle’ length. That it was just naturally brittle and fragile. But why would my hair need to be straight to grow? Curly hair grows too. I was excited to see these women without relaxers with such long hair. It was something to look forward to.
Is my ultimate goal to have Waist Length hair? No. I hardly remember all of the acronyms for hair lengths. The longest my hair ever reached while relaxed was shoulder length. That’s where the fun ended. But now—as long as I take care of my hair I’m not really limited. That’s a pretty great realization. Considering how much my hair has grown already it’s also pretty exciting!
Through watching videos and reading blogs I can understand the longer your hair is the more time and effort is needed to take care of it. Detangling itself is a commitment. Keeping those strands moisturized is a commitment. But there are also more options for styling I find. My goal is to have healthy, full hair. After that, I think it would be nice to pass my previous hair length of shoulder-length. After that, cool. But my ultimate, rewarding moment, I think, will be when my natural length surpasses that of my relaxed length.