I had a small shock this evening when I read on Sophia's blog that she wants to cut off her sisterlocks because she is tired of having to explain her hair to everyone.
I felt a pang of disappointment about her post because I just saw her at the Atlanta Sisterlocks Meetup this past Saturday. (She wisely didn't say a thing about it because she knows we would have been all over her not to cut them!)
But I can understand in a way. Even I have found my self weary of 'the conversation' a time or two during these short 14 weeks:
1. "What are those?" or "How long did that take?" or "Are those braids?
2. "Oh. (deer in the headlights expression) "How often do you have to take them down?"
"You don't. They're really thin locs."
3. "So you can't take them out?!"
"No. They'll lock eventually."
4. "You'll have to cut them out?!!!"
"Yeah. Like a perm. You either grow it out or cut it out."
(return to #3 one time or more, then continue)
5. "Oh. (pause --- stare) Well, it looks good on you. Your hair is soft."
"Well, actually, it's rather thick. But thanks." Should I go into 'the more coily the better' monologue?....................Nah. I don't have the energy.
This...over and over and over. It does get tedious. And even though I love sisterlocks and want mine to be recognized as such, I think I will start answering simply, "They're locs." That should cut the dialogue by a line or two.
I suspect, though, that as they truly lock and look more like locs, I'll thankfully have much less explaining to do.