#TeamNatural: To Cut or Not to Cut?

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So I’ve been natural going on 5 years now, including my transition. And let me just say, I absolutely love my natural hair, on most days. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no desire to relax my tresses again but the day-to-day maintenance is no joke. I recently straightened my hair and was in absolute awe. My hair is the longest it’s ever been and I couldn’t believe it. And that is where the problem lies…

Long hair don’t care…*humph* that’s only when I don’t have to wash or style it.

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I’m sure y’all may think I’m crazy and are wondering why the length would be my problem, right? See I like to consider myself as a low-maintenance girl when it comes to my hair, in fact my motto is to keep it simple. And although my styling and wash routine are pretty basic, it still takes me forever to do it. I will admit that over the past year or so, I’ve become a bit lazy with my hair. Just thought of having to re-twist my hair at night makes me gag, so most nights I rock a pineapple. And I’ve tried the whole protective styling thing but that too is a time-consuming process and weaves/wigs aren’t really my thing.

To cut or not to cut?

It’s happened three times here recently…I’m getting ready in the morning and the hair struggle begins. Spraying my hair with water, adding oil and stylers, trying to brush it and *sigh*…a voice in my head says, “where are the scissors?” I end up fighting the urge to shave my head, like really its a battle. I push on through and I usually end up looking a mess by the head simply due to the frustration of it all. Yes, I do blame myself and the fact that I’m just to lazy to fool with my hair but something has got to give. My solution is to cut it…But the question is, how short? I would love to shave it all off but I think the hubs would just die so I’m searching for a happy medium. Here’s what I’ve found so far….

The Curly Bob

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Ok so I’ve had my hair cut similar to the bob before. I went in for a trim and some layers and ended up leaving with a bob-ish cut…I loved it! But this time around I’m thinking of going a little shorter. I want to maintain some length so I can at least pin-up my twist and rock a “ponypuff.” So to cut or not to cut is the question…

What do y’all think? Should I go for the bob or leave it be? Or should I just go all out and shave it off? What have been some of your recent hair challenges?

**Please note I do not own any of the photos in the collage above, they are photos that I admire and have borrowed from Pinterest for style inspiration**

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20 thoughts on “#TeamNatural: To Cut or Not to Cut?

  1. Baby Teems

    I like your hair on you but I do think that angled bob in the lower middle would fame your face nicely. I have had short hair for yeaaaars but even at my shoulders (straighten) is tough for me. I feel like its always tangled.

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  2. DeeJ

    I say go for it! It’s just hair….it’ll grow back… Go all out and add color… Just find a beautician that ROCKS; coloring, cutting.

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    1. Roni Post author

      Yes! I agree it’s just hair and it will grow back. But I think I’m going to start small…I like color but I’m a little afraid that it will dry my hair out.

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  3. uniikleemeeh

    I Love the BOB when you cut it! Given that you are a natural beauty anyhow and have maintained for 5 years… your hair will be certain to grow back fast. I say go a little shorter this time around. Like mid neck not exceeding your chin. For me I have been rocking weaves and I LOVE it. Being pregnant does not leave me interest in styling it not to mention I love the natural but have not had the balls to do it. I’m addicted to weaves less maintenance.

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    1. Roni Post author

      Thanks so much! I think you’re right going just a little shorter will give me exactly what I need! And I remember those pregnant days…I was thankful for long hair that could be thrown in a ponytail/bun. Congrats by the way! =)

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  4. sunlightbeauty

    I know what you mean, as my hair gets longer so do my wash days, I would say don’t cut it, maybe do a protective style that is long lasting, or try a wig or weave to change up your look

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  5. Christina

    I know exactly what you mean. I was natural for over 8 years and the time and maintenance required was a bit much considering all my mommy duties with 4 kids….I ended up shaving it all off in an anxiety attack, wish I would have thought that thing through..smh…good luck! Oh yeah I think you should go for the bob! 🙂

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    1. Roni Post author

      Thanks so much! I’m glad to see I’m not alone…I think about shaving my head all the time but I know that the hubs would think I had lost my mind. Lol

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