I’ve written more than once about my hair, even wrote out the saga that ended with my short-short afro so many years ago. Nowadays, my afro, when I wear it, is Cleopatra Jones
not old-school Rashumba
When I wrote out my hair story, I had wanted to post pics, but my scanner wasn’t cooperating. But now I’ve solved the problem of the scanner (thanks to wanting to put Koh’s postcard into yesterday’s post), so …
You can look at the “Hey” page to see what I look like most days. Here’s what I looked like before I cut off my relaxed hair and went for the short afro:
(I mean, ok, I didn’t usually look so wide-eyed and stiff, but you get the idea.) I look about twelve in this photo, but I think I was actually 22. I had lots of hair (it was just below my shoulders by the time I decided to cut it all off), but the straightening was so high-maintenance … to say nothing of the fact that it was bad for my hair.
But then I went under the shears. Here are a couple of photos from a reading I gave at the Cornelia Street Cafe:
I still look pretty shockingly young to my current middle-aged-lady eyes. I was 29 here. I had such a good time that night … after Fox calmed my rampaging nerves by walking me to the front of the restaurant and telling the bar tender to give me a double shot of tequila! It bypassed my empty stomach and went straight to my head. Suddenly, I wasn’t so nervous any more! Obviously, the first picture is during the reading. The second picture, as must surely be clear from my much bigger, more relaxed smile, is after the reading. That’s the one and only David Lawrence, guitarist extraordinaire in the second photo.
Aside from the fact that my scanner is working now, I was thinking of my short hair because it was so easy. So easy and so excellent. I loved that short cut. It went with all my clothes and was totally wash and wear. Not in any way like the hair I wear now. Today I wanted the Cleo J hair because I was off to a big conference and sometimes the fierce hair just feels more appropriate. But it’s so labor intensive. Messing with it this morning really made me miss my old look.