As I’ve said many times, I’ve never had short hair. So one of the reasons I’m transitioning is to have a longer length to work with when I’m natural. But of course, I’m also a super anxious person (as my many test patches prove) and I’m just super curious how I would look with short natural hair. I was actually just messing around with my hair today. I pulled it all back and clipped it so I could play with the front, and when I looked in the mirror I realized “Hey, my hair kinda looks like a fro!” So, I put a little headband on just so I could take pictures and get an idea of how I might look when I cut my hair. Obviously it’s not perfectly accurate, but like I said, I just wanted to get an idea.
If you see random pieces, those are the test patches I cut..I have about 8 or so now (I know I’m getting too scissor happy lol). So on the bright side, I don’t look as bad as I thought I would with short hair, but if I actually cut my hair, it would take some getting used to.
On another note, I learned some things about my hair today. My hair usually feels rough, dry, and really hard to comb while I’ve been transitioning (when it’s dry, not when it’s wet). But the test patches I cut are sooo soft and easy to manage whether wet or dry. I don’t know if it’s because they are only small patches or if the relaxed hair is making my new growth feel drier than it really is. I’ve also learned that I seem to have thick but fine hair. Thickness refers to the amount of hairs or density, so in other words I have a lot of strands in any given area of my head. Fine (vs coarse) refers to the thickness of single strands of hair. So if you plucked just one strand of hair from your head, you could assess if it is fine or coarse. Because my transitioning hair feels so rough and dry all the time, I just assumed it was thick and coarse. But after cutting it, I realize it is medium-thick and fine.
And the final thing I learned is that I have multi-textured hair. I know this is common in most naturals, but after looking at my hair in sections I see that I have different curl patterns and textures in almost every section. I have textures ranging from fine to coarse (mostly fine) and patterns ranging from 3c-4c. I couldn’t get a really clear picture, but the one I have posted is a the best example I could get. You can see that the short hairs in front of the bow are sort of separated. The bottom part is 3c that curls up into ringlets when wet, and stays that way if I don’t mess with it. The hair right above it, however, seems to be more 4c. It has almost no definition when wet or dry, and would have been much more shrunken if I hadn’t twisted it before I took it a loose. The patches around the rest of my head are all different patterns as well. I’m not sure how this will affect my styling, but I guess I’ll find out.
Well, I’ve learned enough to feel productive for the day, so that’s all for now. Thanks for reading 🙂