The week after my big chop I had to undergo several adjustments. Adjusting to my short coiled look, adjustments to the products I was using, adjustments to my clothing accessories and even adjustments to my makeup application. Yes I said makeup.
- Adjustment #1: As much as I liked my TWA and was happy when I left my stylist, I didn’t love it. I really wanted to love it, but I knew I wouldn’t if it remained the dry mess that it had become. I wanted to love it before anyone else saw it because if I knew if I loved I would exude that not only in the way I looked, but in my demeanour and the way I carried myself . Luckily for me it turned out I had done my big chop at a good time – on the cusp of going on vacation and that gave me a few weeks to love the new me before introducing it to anyone else.
- Adjustment #2: I quickly found out that the products that worked well for me when I was relaxed weren’t doing squat for these natural coils! This was very disheartening for me because I knew I would have to experiment all over again until I found products that would work for my hair. It became even more distressing when I realized I would be traveling in less than a week and I needed to have something to get me through the few weeks I would be away from home.
- Adjustment #3: When my hair was long I didn’t worry too much about accessories. I felt like I “hid” behind my hair. My hair was an expression of my femininity and I never had to think about it because I always had hair with length. With the TWA however, I felt exposed – there was nothing to hide behind and because of it I felt like I needed to take the extra step to maintain a feminine “look”. This might sound silly but I did NOT want to be mistaken for a guy so I was going to do every and anything to ensure that opportunity didn’t present itself. In an effort to accomplish this I adopted large earrings to bring out not only my outfits but my features and femininity.
- Adjustment #4: The final adjustment was makeup. Makeup (when applied properly) can do a lot for your look. I’m not a makeup junkie (at least not yet), I’m not even the best at applying makeup but with the advent of my TWA I thought it was a good opportunity to start experimenting with makeup. After all, my features were now fully exposed so why not work on accentuating instead of hiding? I started small with mascara and brow liner, but I’ve since added concealer, foundation, and eyeliner. I still struggle with eye shadow but the whole makeup effort has become a new mini adventure for me.
All in all I’ve made several adjustments over the last several months and I’m sure there will be more to come. Once again I’m on a journey just along a slightly different course. Ever forward up and onward.