Can I call this hair cutting thing “a trend” yet? You know how we do it right? Two people do something and all of a sudden it’s a trend! Well call it what you want, but for me it’s a trend or maybe the five year itch is a better term.
Despite the semantics of what to actually call it, doing a second big chop all over again after four or five years seems to be pretty popular this season. I have a few reasons that I think this has become such a thing, and why we might at some point actually desire to get rid of our length, donate the hair and live the simple life.
Have I thought about it?
Hell Hec yes – for me its been four years going on five. I do not count anymore because natural hair is an ingrained part of my life, so keeping track is not a priority for me. However, I did get the same itch kind of around the same time that these ladies are getting theirs.
We told you about African Export in this post. Her priorities changed, so she made the decision to cut her hair. African Export has changed her hair before, and for her cutting again probably was not a big deal.
This time Nikki Mae caught my attention because the “Natural Chica” wanted a change. After working so hard on her PHD, she just had the desire to do something “major” – as she called it – to her hair. She booked her appointment and filmed the whole thing, which you can watch below for yourself. But what makes a girl cut all her hair off after 5 years of effort and growth?
There are a ton of reasons, many of which I have mentioned before: boredom, life changes, health reasons, new goals, and sometimes it can be just plain fun.
To be honest, Nikki has been pretty lucky where reactions are concerned. When we took a look at her social media outlets, for the most part, the responses have been pretty positive. Many giving a ton of love saying her new color ‘fits her skin’, that her cut was ‘amazing’ and that her donation was pretty brave and selfless.
The truth is you can’t be mad at Nikki Mae; she is the queen of all things positive and is a pretty nice person, but I do have my own thoughts on the cut which I don’t mind sharing.
Here is thing about cutting your hair: it’s exciting – I get it. I get excited thinking about it, and I give imaginary high fives to all the girls that have become one with the scissors recently. But what happens when you are over the short hair?