Finding Styles for Mid-Length Natural Hair

Before I did the big chop to my hair, there was no transition, or any epiphany or decision to go natural. I consider myself lucky with regards to my hair, which I think I get from my mum, who has long and abundant healthy hair even now in her sixties. My hair is usually full and dark, the edges don't fall off easily, and it can grow.

As some of you have experienced yourselves, or may have guessed, it has not been easy for me to maintain my hair, and have it growing and healthy at an optimal level. And this is beyond that the hair is relaxed or in it's natural curly state. As a Nigerian who grew up in Nigeria, I am used to handing my hair over to salon stylists, and barely adding enough daily hair cream to get by. I'm now learning how to do it myself.

Let me not lie though, I still go to the salon regularly, maybe like once every couple of months for deep conditioning, a proper comb out, and sometimes to get the hair flat-ironed.

At this stage, I take it day by day, some days being better than others. There are times I actually seriously consider cutting it all over again to the half an inch it was after the big chop. I remember with fondness how easy it was running a comb through my hair and washing it daily during our road trip last year.

I can't do that these days and I miss it.

Apart from using bands to hold the hair back, or twists like I showed here and here, I'm really running out of ideas. I think it may be time to do some braids or a weave.