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Ah tell allyuh ah growing back de hair eh?
Well I am. But when ah tell allyuh is pressuh.
Leh meh preface though. When I was 18, meh
hair was long. Dong meh back long. Den ah didn t
know how to use ah flat iron, blow dryer -- nuttin
so. I had gorgeous, curly locks, which I always
appreciated but never flaunted. Back in a ponytail
or a bun. People always made fuss about my hair
but me not so much. Then I wasn t that girly in
my dressing habits -- not that I am now apart
from the make up and the five-inch heels.
By the time ah hit 19, I chopped it off. And hear
nah, because I knew I would get resistance from
any hairdresser, ah ask ah fren on campus to chop
it for meh. Well at least the majority of the pony
tail. So de only way to fix it is to cut it short,
short, short. Hear nah of all de tings we say in
we Trini speak, the rule of three is meh favourite.
Come nah gyul, quick, quick, quick. Dat cake
sweet, sweet, sweet eh? I digress. So reach by de
hairdresser who cuss meh fuh not coming een as
opposed tuh letting meh fren cut meh tresses. Oh
well. A few hours later, I sat at reception, waiting
Hair nah and hair once again
fuh meh boyfriend (who is now meh husband). Ah
pass tuh check him nah and show him meh new
do. Well mankind pass meh straight. He didn t look
too pleased nah. Ha ha! Poor fella. Seventeen years
later, he real accustomed to me and meh hair.
So ah kept it short for a few years and then
attempted to grow it back as we was getting married.
So ah figured ah little hair to match de dress would
go down good. Ah drew de line at ah veil. So wedding
bells rang and hair was swishing all over the place.
Dis was when ah was 22.
Ah kept it shoulder length for a while and then
eventually went for a full grown back. Hair so long,
ah sitting on it. And meh hair thick eh! De length
ah de girth ah dat pony tail not easy nah. Ah buss
all kinda hair tie all over de place. Ah digressing
again. Allyuh keep meh focused nah! So de hair
start getting long, long,
long. During the growth
journey, ah decided to
buss and venture to de
Now ah telling yuh all
ah dis because it hit me
de other day dat ah
never really had long,
long hair as an adult and
lived in Trinidad ie home
nah. So when ah was
complaining (tuh meh-
self in de mirror of
course!) dat dis hair
growing process have
meh hot. If ah want to
shave off meh head now,
how ah go feel when it
long and flowing?!
When ah had de mane in London, it didn t bother
me one bit. Why? Cause even in the three days of
heat from the year, I was never hot, hot, hot. And
hear nah, frizz? Wah s dat? Cause yuh know by dis
time ah grown. Ah perfeck de art of flat iron, round
brush (which sounds much rude than it really is!),
blow dryer, hair clip and all kinda women s hair
And hear nah, meh hair routine was every Sunday.
Bout lunch time so, ah would start. Wash. Condition.
Last water tuh touch de hair ice cold. Close de hair
pores nah. No chemicals in de hair so it healthy.
And thick. Blow dry meticulously, piece by piece.
Den ah thorough iron with meh GHD. Allyuh eh
kno bout GHD? Den allyuh never get ah good iron,
truss meh! Four hours later, meh hair was perfectly
straight. By now it s almost five. Just enough time
for me take ah walk up King s Road and get ah Star-
bucks. The cold breeze would always feel so awesome
through my hair.
Now ah making it sound like it made having long
hair easy. Ah still buss ah cut in she tail (yes my
hair is a person -- a woman too!), and I genuinely
haven t had long hair since like a year or two before
ah had the boy. So like 2006 so.
Well the mane is coming back and I wondering
how ah go cope. Because it nearly ready to be the
world s smallest pony tail ever and I try ah blow
dry and iron weekend gone and ah couldn t take it.
But ah I eh giving up.
So fingers crossed by next year yuh go see meh
pony tail swishing wit meh as ah buss ah three laps
on de QPS. But enough ah dat. Tomorrow is meh
birthday!!!!! 36 ah reach allyuh and still feel ah 12.
Keep good. Till next week....tweet meh (mimieng77)
if yuh need me.
Well the mane
is coming back
ah go cope.
nearly ready to
be the world's
tail ever and I
try ah blow dry
and ah couldn't
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