Yes that’s right…..there is a whole dedicated section to my hair. Trust me it needs its own post because I have done a lot. And I constantly get complimented on many of the styles i tried so i figured I’d share my journey.
According my my parents, I have ALWAYS had a full head of hair, Jet black and pin straight hair.
Growing up I was mainly home with my mother and sisters because my dad was usually working. It was inevitable that I took interest in doing my sister’s hair and even my own. It honestly created a culture for me to where I became very particular with how I wanted my hair styled and the overall look. I would hate if it got messed up or if it didn’t lay right. I also was VERY insecure between haircuts because it was always TOO short after a haircut (thanks dad). I don’t have many pictures from this era of my life because of several reasons:
- i was never photogenic growing up particularly during this hair era
- Social media wasn’t as big as it later became in my adult life.
- Camera phones, digital camera and “selfies” were not really popular yet.
My life pretty much started with the MUSHROOM cut. Call it an Asian classic if you will or a Leonardo DiCaprio phase but for me it lasted about 18 years! I never went full bowl cut though, always had a middle part with no bangs. Ugh I cringe as I describe this cut cause I just hate it now. From like kindergarten to senior year of high school this is how my hair was. Sometimes it was clean and straight, but MOST of the time I had gel in my hair and it was shiny and a little crunchy (why I needed gel? Idk). My daily routine would be:
- Shower or wash hair
- Towel dry hair to almost dry
- Rub in a strong hold gel from root to tip
- Part hair down the middle
- Blow dry it so it would harden and then break up some of the chunkier clumps with finger.
- This last step should of been SHAVE IT ALL OFF, however it was go to school.
When I look back at why I may have kept this style for so long, I sort of made more sense about it. My hair was literally something I could always control, whether I was insecure of my weight, or how I looked, I can ALWAYS depend on how I control my hair to look. Growing up I had always had insecurity issues, maybe because I was pretty much the only Asian in my middle school…. maybe even high school other than my family. I always felt like the minority within an already minitorial environment. My friends were always usually Hispanic or African American. I always felt “different” and at that time in my life I didn’t think being different was a good thing so whatever I could control, I did.
I remember one time in high school this girl felt my hair and compared it to a weave texture because of the hardness and texture from products. Very embarrassing! However, as I grew more into adulthood and also gained more confidence I was itching for a change, which brought me into a new era.