I have long hair, and I am proud of it. It has been a long-ish journey – just over four years, and now I am here. My hair is at the point where it lightly sweeps my waist when straightened, and just on my shoulders after a Wash and Go. I am beginning to think that I have issues because honestly, I am not happy.
But really what I am is bored. Bored as H-E- double hockey sticks. I have now figured out that getting to a length goal isn’t enough; long hair isn’t everything it is cut out to be. I have now figured that I don’t just want long hair, I want hair with attitude.
Now, don’t get me wrong, when you set a goal and you finally achieve it, it does feel great, and it’s important to check things off so that you can say, ‘I did it’. The point is, after the light comes on and the party is over, you might feel that itch to do something a little bit different, and you might realize that length might not be all that it’s cut out to be.
With that said, I compiled a list on my iPhone note app, which is my best friend when it comes to lists, and randomness. My list consists of eight reasons why I think long hair sucks:
1. It tangles
Obviously, if you get regular trims this will reduce tangling, but to be honest, as your hair gets longer, you will notice that you will need to trim more often to keep the oldest parts of your hair from tangling.
Don’t let the stories of tangle free bliss fool you; it can get really annoying to untangle when you just detangled, or trim when you just trimmed 4 weeks ago.
2. It’s boring
The truth is, it doesn’t have to be boring when you are natural. You might find yourself seeking out ways to get some shape. By shape, we really mean attitude and sass.
You want your hair to not just be one length growing down to your butt, you also want it to have a bit of flare and drama that enhances your face, and the rest of you. Just having plain long hair without shape can be really blah; by experimenting with cute hair cuts, you can often solve that problem.
3. You are always on a mission to protect
What’s the point of having long hair, if you cannot enjoy it? The longer your hair gets, you will find yourself in a frenzy to protect it; you worry about your ends that are very old; you become slave to a bun or some braids, and enjoy a great sew in more than you do your even hair. What kind of hair life is that?
I want hair freedom; hair that blows in the wind, and without protective styles. What I find is that there is a specific length which allows that kind of freedom, and it isn’t that long. It’s the length right after medium length, just before long. It’s what I call my ‘freedom length”. Anything past that is, yup, you guessed it! For the BIRDS.