Gosh, what woman doesn’t want something that another has? Usually it’s a pair of shoes, a car, or a nice bag, but me, I want something that I haven’t had for almost 14 years now—my damn edges!!
There I said it, I want edges. They were snatched from me after I gave birth to my first son. If you’ve known me awhile, you know that I wore locs from 1999 to 2006. My longest one (yes I said one LOL) touched my buttocks. All the rest reached near my lower back. I didn’t even know it was possible for my hair to grow to such a length.
I had locs when I had my daughter. My skin was clear; my hair was growing nicely. I gave birth. I went on with my life, but in March 2006 it wasn’t the same. My skin was glowing yet again and my hair was lengthening like never before. I rocked my hair in a bun, wore it pulled back in a ponytail, and had every style imaginable. I was breastfeeding and all was well. Or so I thought….
I noticed that my sides were starting to disappear; one edge was dissipating quicker than the other. I tried to ignore it but I couldn’t any longer. I even tried to pull my hair over to one side but I could not ignore the small shining spot above my temple.
In November 2006, I decided to cut off my almost waist length hair and went super short. Throughout the years, I’ve had every style of hairdo known to man and yet the weakening spots would not disappear. Because I accepted that I would never have sides again, I decided to just smile and act like they were actually there (I hate hats so really didn’t have much of an option!). I knew what side is my ‘better’ one in pics and would angle myself accordingly.
As we all know, social media can be ruthless. A few years ago, me and a former friend got into a disagreement on Facebook. Me, I believe we can agree to disagree, but I know that that isn’t that simple for some people. So a few hours after our online disagreement, she composed a status. While I don’t recall it verbatim, she was essentially dissing me because of my lack of edges.
It hurt. A lot.
So I started to smile a bit wider.
I relocated to Manchester in 2016, but it wasn’t until last year I discovered a hair salon which could potentially change my life—Halo Hair Angels, which is located in Chorlton. I instantly fell in love with the staff and as our conversation deepened, I learned there was a hair rejuvenation clinic on site as well.
I decided to have a free consultation and guess what..I was told that my follicles are not dead, but in fact blocked and needed to be stimulated again to facilitate hair growth.
What?! I can have edges again?! After 13 years!! I was excited beyond belief! Yes, I am excited about hair! Those of you who have edges, think about something that you would love to have that others take for granted.
So yes, I want edges!!!
For the next six months, I will be producing a monthly column, sharing with you my journey through this process in partnership with Halo Hair Rejuvenation Clinic. I’ll share pictures, processes and feelings along the journey.
I hope you join me!
Halo Hair Angels is located on 45 Manchester Road, Chorlton M21, 9PW