This post was originally published in December 2011. It garnered so much great feedback I decided to republish it. I also added a video asking if black women are obsessed with long hair done October of 2013. Enjoy!
I have long hair.
Always have (when I wanted it). Relaxed or natural, long hair has never eluded me.
When I do don longer tresses I often hear the comment
“I cannot WAIT until my hair gets that long!”.
Here’s my question … What do people mean by that? What are they expecting the “long hair” experience to give them that the “short hair” or “medium-length hair” experience has not? If they are not big on styling their hair now, do they think long hair will somehow spur their creativity and desire to style? Do they think they can achieve more styles with additional length? Are they looking for status or to be noticed? Are they looking to reach a goal just to prove their hair can grow?
Somebody fill me in.
Like seriously, somebody please do. Because it’s not been my experience to long for lengthy tresses I legit don’t understand.
I must admit I tend to give a mild internal #sideeye whenever I hear that sentence just because I feel that you are who you are and your hair length ain’t gonna change that. If you don’t like styling now, you risk despising it when an additional 10 inches is part of the equation (ask me how I know). If you don’t care for your hair texture now, you’re not gonna all of a sudden love 12 more inches of the same stuff. If you only wear your hair in a puff now, guess what? You’ll be wearing a bigger puff that is harder to detangle come wash day. I almost always think “be careful what you ask for” LOL.
Edited to add:
I did this video in October of 2013 asking Are Black Women Obsessed with Long Hair? I’m adding it to this post because I think it matches the topic well (plus I think I forgot to post it on my blog last year #oops).
Anyhoo … enough rambling …
Fill me in. What do people mean when they say “I can’t wait until my hair gets that long?”