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Overcoming Boredom- Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202128 Comments

Overcoming Boredom- Natural HairTerraD writes:

As a natural for nearly two years, I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten bored with my hair. Whether I’m dying for a new cut, color or style, I find myself constantly searching for new ways to rekindle the love and excitement.

Have you ever grown bored with your hair?

How do you satisfy your need for a new look?

CN Responds: The last time I grew bored with my hair, it was dangerous. I contemplated an asymmetrical cut and even highlights (despite my dissastrous experience with them back in 2005). I ended up randomly cutting layers into my hair and rocking a bun for a while. I find that I always appreciate my hair more when it’s been hidden away. Buns usually cure me of my boredom… it makes wearing my hair ‘out’ feel like an event.

For those of you with the tendency to reach for the scissors, check out this post which details a style that mimics a hair cut!

28 Comments

  • BargainClipper says:

    I wore my hair in an Afro for a year and a half since I BC'd and I got bored with my hair. I wanted to get it braided, but couldn't find anyone to do it. I was thinking about doing it myself, but I didn't want to spend that much time on my hair because I have never braided my own hair with extensions either. So I decide to do two-strand twists. This was my "new look" for about a month (I don't keep them in that long anymore because my hair like to loc which it isn't one of my hair goals right now. So about a two-week period is the limit). I loved it because I would style my hair in different ways (ponytail, hump/pump, bangs, etc.) that I couldn't style my loose hair in at the time. Two-strand twists are my usual go to style for when I want a change. Now, I'm experiencing with different styles. Also accessories like flowers, colorful headbands, and hats/wraps. As my hair grows, I see the versatility I have with my hair!

  • Kelly says:

    In the past when I got bored with my hair I chopped it all off. I did my first BC about 12 years ago to go all natural. Since then I've BCd 3 more times after 2-4 years of growth, just to change up the look. I'd keep it really short for 6 mos to a year and then be ready for the change and let it grow back. It's been two years since the last BC and this time I want to see how long it will grow. I'm loving the world of hair sites that now exist on the internet. Thanks to CN, I should have no reason to get bored this time.

  • Anonymous says:

    Now that my hair is longer I am going to wear flat twists in a bun thereby not having to do my hair as much in the fall weather and it is also protected.

  • Jamila Reddy says:

    Protective styling is a double edged sword for me…I get so bored with protective styling after a while but it also makes me miss appreciate my "out" styles more….

    http://collegecurlies.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous says:

    As the winter approaches and it gets too cold to wear my hair out in different styles all the time, I usually put in kinky twists or throw on a wig. Wigs are my #1 choice, because they are easy to take off when you miss your hair.

  • SPIRITUAL AWAKENING says:

    I'm bored now!!! Tired of looking at the same ole hair! lol.. So next month I will get either my kinky twist extensions back or some box braids for the entire winter. I know by Spring I will see a big difference!

  • Anonymous says:

    When a woman wears her hair in a bun whether it is processed with chemicals, or natural, regardless it shows her face more, it shows she has confidence, and buns are very classy. For most women I notice they wear their hair down all the time, and for one in particular I know she does it to hide her face, she doesn't have enough confidence in her face alone to not need her hair in her face all the time.

  • Anonymous says:

    I aree with Nikki excellent suggestion! I wore my hair pulled back for about four days last week and I am wearing it out again today and probably into tomorrow it do appreciate it out more and love the fullness, and health and length more.

  • Anonymous says:

    Boredom is a constant issue. It always seems just when I finally see some growth, managed to leave my hair alone and just provide some old fashioned tlc I get bored. And this boredom often coincides with something going on in my life where I feel I need a "change" of some sort (break-up, job issues, etc.). And it has always had disastrous results (texturizers, home dye jobs, etc.). Then I have to start all over again to salvage what's left. I've promised myself I would not grow restless again. We'll see.

  • c. janae says:

    It's crazy that this was just posted because I've been getting real bored with my hair lately. I'll be two years natural this December. I've thought about chopping it all off again! I want to get twists or braids, but I never leave them in for longer than a little over a month because I start to miss my fro! I don't know what to do. I'm trying to avoid coloring it, b/c I've already colored it too much this year.

  • Dana says:

    Ugh!!! I'm bored as I write this!! I'm transitioning and have been for about 10 months now… My hair was down to the middle of my back, and I got it cut back up to my shoulders in September. Now… I want to cut the rest of the relaxer out and be free…. BUT….. I'm not use to short hair… So… I feel stuck… I've been doing braid outs, twist, and buns for the past couple of months… This summer in Philly was awful… anyway…. I don't know what to do… on one hand I want out… on the other… I'm afraid of short hair….. sigh… what to do what to do… LOL!

  • KCAS says:

    When I get bored, it has always ended bad for my hair: I got a horrible haircut, bad coloring, which took me months to "cure". Now ad then, I feel bored, I think that's due to the length. I wish long hair with such a passion!! It has been difficult, but I've tried to put in my head that those little craziness only keep me away from my goal of having long hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    http://africanamericanweddinghairstyles.blogspot.com

    You can also get some really good hair styles on here as well. I saw a couple that I wouldn't mind trying myself, hopefully they will look good on me. I mainly keep my hair in twists/twistouts, afro

  • Anonymous says:

    I just got out of a style rut!!! (THANK GOD) But I scored the many pages of this site, for styles and wore out my welcome on YouTube. I saved up a few extra dollars and went on a complete hair care product overall, and now we(MY HAIR AND I) are back having fun again. I also had to get some much needed rest and so did my hair, so while I was in my rut, I keept my hair in really small two strand twists, until I figure out my next move.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love this sight and all the comments! Ihave been 100% naturl with no B's former 3years and I love my lenghth but am extremely running out of options. But my main styles are twist out and buns but would love to do microbraids but concerned about the damage to my natural length

  • Breanna says:

    Well if you get bored with your hair try some of the gorgeous hairstyles that Youtuber "Prettydimples01" has on her channel, also she is professional hair stylist.

  • Carmel Stacks says:

    When I get bored, I just switch it up. I'll twist it up and wear twists for a few weeks, then I get bored so I wear it out, then I get bored and wear a bun…the cycle continues! (Still in the bun as I type…)

  • Lilith_Eve says:

    I'm not exactly bored with my hair, but I am looking for something different that will last a while. I haven't been to a salon since before Thanksgiving of last year (when I first started transitioning) and I typically do my hair between once and twice a week. The one time I tried to wait 2 weeks in between doing my hair it was a hot tangled mess. I guess I'm just tired of doing my own hair lol. As soon as I can afford it, I'm going to get some braids.

  • Dulcebella says:

    @Jay-Jay: I feel your pain. It's been a year for me and my hair hasnt found its "curl" yet. Its just there!! I still have relaxed ends too, which are sooo annoying but I don't want to cut my hair anymore than I have already. I've been alternating weeks. One week I do a wash, set and blow-out and the next twist it and rock it in a crimpy afro. I'm sure the blowouts aren't good either…but whats a girl to do???

  • npmoore04 says:

    When I get bored I got to youtube and look for some different styles to try. I also have a couple of wigs i will throw on both curly and straight just depending on how I feel. I do occasionally highlight my hair when I am looking for something different color wise.

  • Sharri says:

    I have grown bored with my hair many times, and each time I've just changed my hair drastically via haircut, color & new accessories. Many people allow beauty ideals leftover from their relaxing days(ex: long hair = good hair) hold them back from experimenting with their natural hair.

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    I am starting to get bored with my hair, however, I've only been 100% natural for the last three weeks and I rock a TWA. It's not even long enough for head bands and such. Every time I get bored, I just think about where my hair will be in a few months and how busy I will be with styling it and finding products. So, to overcome boredom, I just bask in the moment I'm in.

  • Jeannette says:

    When I get bored, I just do something different. Not drastically different such as cutting my hair or putting a bold color, I just change the style ie braids & twists etc. I found that I can do so much with my hair that the styles are limitless.

  • Jay-Jay says:

    OMGoodness…….I'm going through this RIGHT NOW!!! I'm 16 months into my transition and still have about 2-4 inches of relaxed ends in different areas. I mainly style my hair with a Braid out and every so often Bantu knots. I can't think of anything else to do. I've done twist outs and my hair didn't have a pattern of swirls or nothing. So I had to rewash my hair and do the braid out again. I've seen a lot of styles but can't see myself doing it to my BIG HEAD or it's cute but when it's time to wash it I picture MAJOR KNOTS and TANGLES. I've thought about sew-ins but my hair is too fragile on the front sides for braiding. I've been really thinking about Relaxing but then I start having nightmares of the creamy crack melting my hair off my head…..LOL!!!

  • Unknown says:

    First- LOVE the photo of Kelis' hair. She is SO far from that now.

    I do get bored with my hair. I did when I was relaxed also. That often resulted in a super short cut and then I'd be sad and start growing again after about 2 months. So I do plan to color and maybe get some high and low lights. We'll see.

  • Anonymous says:

    I completely agree with socialitedreams when I get bored with my hair I just do a swe-in, braids, twists, micro braids, mini braids with my own hair, feed in cornrows I mean the list goes on. The only thing I wont do is anything that will be damaging to my hair like bad products, way too tight briads, unnessesary color etc..

  • Anonymous says:

    i talk about this often… a woman's need to constantly "do something" to her hair. thank God i don't suffer from a constant need to style it. it wear it out 95% of the time, so the off occasion that i wear a puff or something else is a rarity.

  • socialitedreams says:

    When I get bored, I just add to it….get kinky twists, get braids, get a sew in, or simply flip on a wig. Within 2 weeks I am guaranteed to be lusting for my own natural hair again and excited about it.

    Vonnie
    http://www.socialitedreams.com/

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