Since starting the journey of growing my natural hair, this is the second time that I’ve gotten a blow out. You can read my dreadful first attempt here. As promised, this time I decided to get it professionally done. As the shampoo girl washed my hair, I thought to myself; Ahhh! I had forgotten how good it feels to have someone else wash my hair. After deep conditioning my hair, the stylist began the blow out process. I kinda felt sorry for her, but not sorry enough to spare her from the impending ordeal. As she blow dried and brushed, I flinched several times when the heat on my scalp felt like I was being seared with an hot iron. This experience caused me to feel a bit perplexed: blow out my hair myself and get injured, let the professionals do it and get seared. I’m not so sure it’s a good trade off. After about 45 minutes she was finished and let a huge sigh of relief. We both gave an awkward chuckle.
I was so happy that it was finally over. Then she pulled out the flat iron and began flat ironing my hair. It wasn’t over. Oh. My. Goodness. I couldn’t help thinking that was a whole lot of heat and torture for one head of hair.
My entire visit took about one and a half hour (which is about a third of the time normally spent in a salon.) I really liked the finished result. My hair was very soft, straight and silky. It reminded me of me of my relaxed hair and frankly, I missed it. During the process I wondered to myself; why would people put themselves through this torture in the name of beauty? I guess the end result is what keep us going back for more.
|My hair before chopping it off to “go natural”..smh|
|Front and back out my “blow out”|
Besides, wanting to be an example to my daughter, I decided to go natural to free myself from chemically processing my hair, spending (wasting) precious time in a salon while the stylist tries to juggle the four clients she scheduled at the same exact time and spending top dollar to have my hair done. What I’ve noticed by going natural is that the only thing I’m freed from is the chemical. If I want my hair to be healthy and grow, I still would have to spend a lot of time on it and have to spend tons of money on products for my hair. With running a business, caring for kids and all my other responsibilities, I have neither the time or energy required for the upkeep and maintenance.
It made me think about the price of “beauty” in our country. A Tresemme’ survey estimated that the average woman will spend over $50,000.00 on her hair in her life time. The beauty industry is a $10 billion dollar industry. Wow! Although I’m the type of person who almost never wears make-up and I could wear my hair in a pony tail forever and be content, I admit that I feel a lot better and more confident when I’m well put together. But when I consider the time, energy and finances put into “looking good”, it makes me wonder at what cost? Are there other things being sacrificed to maintain certain appearances? Or are we simply lured in by the feeling we get when hair is freshly done or our make-up is flawless.