The answer has to be yes.
I was inspired to write this post because I was looking for some style inspiration today and I noticed that there were not a lot of bloggers, Youtubers or instagrammers who show damaged hair often. Most have super long healthy hair. Even those with short hair have curls poppin’ for days. It is so intimidating for someone like me who is transitioning AND HAS HEAT DAMAGED ENDS (UGH!) to put her hair out there. I keep thinking, people are going to see my straight ends and tell me to bite the bullet and big chop again or they’ll just disregard me altogether. But there has to be more people on the struggle bus looking for styles that would look good even if you have some hair issues you are still working out. Right?
Take makeup gurus, for example. They don’t always have perfect skin or meet everyone’s idea of beauty. But their goal is to show you how to work with what you’ve got to create a beautiful look. Is hair the same? Can you have hair that is less than ideal and still give others useful information?
As a transitioner whose hair has seriously been through some trials and tribulations, it is so embarrassing to show my ratchet, raggedy, beat up ends on the internet with so many beautiful, perfect, fluffy curly fros out there. GAHHHH!! I’ve got some serious hair envy.
Lately, I have been really thinking about doing the big chop. I already did it once, but I did it on a sudden impulse without really thinking it through. It’s not that I am afraid of short hair. I just felt sooo boooored that I ended up wearing wigs the majority of the time so I could have some variety. I don’t want to hide my hair under a bushel this time, so I am opting to transition until I feel more comfortable getting rid of those ends. (By the way, I am slowly trimming it each month but, ugh… the struggle is real.)
With all that said, I am now forcing myself to jump into the deep end, stop clearing my throat and offering disclaimers and just show pictures of my attempt to do a protective style. I really love how it turned out. I was inspired by a look shown on HeyChrishinda’s channel (that you can watch here) except instead of flat twisting the back section, I did two strand twists. So here goes nothing:
Step 1: Part your hair from ear to ear and separate your hair into five sections (two sections in the back and three in the front).
Step 2: Create three flat twist on your right and left front side sections.
Step 3: Do two strand twists in both of the back sections and the front section. My ends on the front are looking the most raggedy *sad face.*
Step 4: Roll the hair from the back section into a french roll and create a pompadour with the front section.
Step 5: Pose and prepare yourself for compliments.
Here’s to being shameless.
Thank you for reading!