Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I fell in love with mi cuñada (sister-in-law) the very first time that I met her. She was about to celebrate her quince (15th birthday), independent, opinionated, and truthfully authentic. I loved her sass. I even loved her defiant teenaged angst. The first real conversation that we had was about hair. (go figure!) She was intrigued at how I was able to keep my hair straight and smooth even with the heat/humidity of the summer. But back then, I lived for my flat iron and texture softener. Eventually, she'd ask me to texlax her then BSL hair and of course I obliged. I'd texlax her hair every 3-4 months. I taught her to deep condition weekly. It grew to MBL. We tested out new products together. We learned how to moisturize and seal together. It grew to WL. I styled her hair for proms, homecomings, and graduations.
Fast forward 6 years---and I get a text: "Can you bring your shears. I'm ready to cut off my straight ends." My heart skipped a beat. I felt proud and petrified at the same time.
Her last texlax was over 2 years ago. During that time, I taught her to do fabulous braid-outs (You know the ones that I CAN'T get right on my own hair...smh) and big bantu knot curls. We perfected her big bun swag. She faithfully moisturized with Herbal Essence Touchably Smooth Split End Protector (say that mess 10x fast!) and sealed her ends with hair butter to keep them strong and healthy. And now she was ready to let 5-6 inches go. We started her big chop on freshly washed and deep conditioned hair. Because I've been caring for her hair for years, I knew exactly where her curly roots met her relaxed ends. I detanlged and whipped out the scissors. I showed her where I had to cut and she squeezed her eyes closed then told me to just do it. 15 minutes later---her WL hair was APL. Full. Thick. Healthy. APL. Honestly, I've never seen her hair so friggin healthy.
She was in UTTER shock at the shortness; I was too. So to make the length easier to deal with, we immediately blew it out and evened up the hemline. I promised her that it would be back to WL with some TLC before she knew it but that we'd have to trim a little more in a few months to get rid of some heat damage. I'm so proud that she's in love with her curls for the first time in her life. I'm proud that we have been able to share your healthy hair journeys together. But most of all I'm proud that she trusted me with her hair.
So, I've hidden my scissors for now because I'm totally afraid that my drooling over her blunt ends will result in my relaxed ends in pile on the floor.
Gracias Felicia por confiar en mí con su pelo chcia! Te amo a la luna!
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