Hello beautiful people, and may I start off with an incredibly late HAPPY NEW YEAR! As you will know if you followed my fundraising journey before New Years Eve, or even if you have checked my Youtube or Instagram since the start of 2016, A LOT has happened! However, if you have been living under a rock, let me fill you in, and also fill the rest of you in on the amazing things I have planned for 2016!
Before going any further, thank you so much to those of you that donated to my JustGiving page! As I explained in a previous post, after the death of both of my grandparents in September/October of 2015, I decided to raise money for Age UK, (an amazing charity that supports elderly people in the UK and worldwide) in their memory. Because of the amazing amount of support you gave me, I smashed my initial target of £500 in just 5 days, and raised over £1600 by the 31st! Not only did my page come in the top 5% of fundraising pages in December, but I was also in the top 5% of fundraisers for 2015, so for your incredible generosity and support, I can not say thank you enough!
The Big Shave
So onto the big shave itself. On the days leading up to the big shave I was more than a little nervous. Scratch that… I was terrified. But luckily on the day I had many of my close friends and loved ones around me, and they helped calm my nerves, prep my hair (as you can see below) and film the video!
Justin aka @justscuts did an amazing job on my hair, and had me laughing the whole time as well – now that’s what I call service! He ensured that I was aware of what he was doing every step of the way and worked his magic on my hair, cutting my iconic afro into the perfect tapered cut. (See below).
Thoughts on the new cut
I never thought I would say this, but I actually prefer my hair short – at least for the mean time! It takes no more than 5 minutes to style in the morning and ‘washDAYs‘ are a thing of the past. With any change there will come ignorance, so I have had to face my fair share of nasty comments, but overall the response has been fantastic, so I am in no rush at all to grow back the fro. However, I’m yet to find a barber in East London, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!
What has been even more shocking than the love I have for my new cropped-do is the amount of doors it has opened for me. Among being approached to do countless photo shoots (I don’t think word has got out on how awkward I am in front of the camera yet, so keep that on the hush), I am also incredibly proud to announce that I am officially an ambassador for The Cut Life! We have plenty of exciting collaborations to share with you over the next few months, so stay tuned!
Colouring my hair
As you may know, prior to shaving my hair, I put both henna AND indigo on my curls. As both of them are truly permanent colours (I learnt the hard way that putting bleach on henna will leave your hair orange), going blonde was never an option for me. Therefore, as soon as I cut off the previously colour strands, countless colour opportunities suddenly became available.
I have already bleached my hair twice since cutting my hair, as you can see from the videos below, and I cannot wait to try out all of the colour combinations available on my newly blonde hair. To keep up to date with my hair journey, be sure to follow me on snapchat: thelondoncurls.
Thats about all folks, you are now up to speed with my life since my big chop! Again, thank you all for your love and support – it is greatly appreciated. What are your plans for 2016? Be sure to leave a comment below!
With love from London,