I am a proud member of the Ponytail Nation. Morning, noon or night you can see me rocking a ponytail. I’ve been trying to grow out my relaxer since June of last year and it definitely has not been an easy experience.
I thought I was insane when I decided to start the process at the same time as working in the fitness industry full-time. They seemed counterproductive. However, it has been a blessing in disguise. When you’re in sweats all day, people don’t expect you to be made-up and cute. They don’t care about your hair, they care more about your physique and what you can do to help them. Nobody skips a beat when your hair is pulled back every day!
I get my hair straightened regularly and boy does it look great when I leave the salon. However, that look is oh so temporary. When you teach 10 Zumba classes a week and sweat in each one – it’s pretty much a lost cause. That’s the awesome thing about being part of the Ponytail Nation. Brush it (or as much of it as you can), pull it back and you’re good to go. I can always tell when I’ve had really good workouts because the back of my hair is so nappy and it balls up so tight like it’s holding on for dear life. As much as I’d like to cut my hair to bob length, I know it wouldn’t work right now because I couldn’t pull it back in a ponytail. And nobody wants to see a bob with rows and rows of naps that look like Easter eggs all over the White House lawn.
I’m not quite ready to do the “big chop”. I’m getting closer, but am just not there yet. We actually almost did it a couple of weeks ago. However, after further conversation we realized that I wanted long hair for my wedding so the cut has been put on hold again.
Each visit to the salon is a check on the length of the new growth. You can see by the photo at the top that I’m on my way. I’ve had some good growth over the past nine months and can definitely see a difference in the natural texture and the relaxed texture. The more I go through the process, the more I notice the beautiful natural hairstyles of the women in Louisville. I received a lot of great tips. I am excited to see how my hair will look when I make that transition. Time shall tell when locks will drop.
M.Y. March 2011