I remember it clearly, the night that I big chopped. It was a few days after I had gone to a salon with the request that the stylist cut off all of my chemically relaxed hair.
“Are you sure?” she had asked. “It’s going to be really short.”
“Yes, I’m sure. Cut it.”
“I mean, are you sure? Sure you’re not just going through something?”
“No, I’m not going through anything. I just want to go natural.”
“Well…are you sure?”
After about 20 minutes of this, she finally just flat out refused to cut it, and I went home. That night, as I looked at some of my favorite natural hair sites, I kept coming across stories of women who’d decided to just take a pair of sicssors to their hair. “Hmm,” I thought. A few nights later, I found myself standing in front of the bathroom mirror, shears in hand. Now, to be honest, I hadn’t meant to cut all of my hair off. Just a little, to see a small section of my hair in its natural state.
I liked it.
So I cut. And cut. And cut some more until I had cut a patch in the center of my head that no amount of creative styling could camouflage. Since it was too late to stop, I chopped all the rest of it off. And–
“Oh sh*t. I look like a little boy!”
I consulted the natural hair sites again. They suggested taking regular pictures, so that you’d actually see your progress and not become frustrated. So I did. And my hair went from this…
The moral of the story? Be patient, and take pictures. If your goal lends itself to visuals, that can serve as a great way to measure your progress. Just ask Jen West. In an effort to lose weight, she started a blog, posting a picture of herself in a bikini once a week until she reached her goal weight. And look at her now. Even if your goal can’t me measured in pictures, you still need to find a way to track your progress.
How are y’all measuring your Flux Project goals? (And you better be measuring them–at the end of the month, I’m going to ask you to give a report!)