Any naturalista who’s gone for the big chop knows the exciting — and terrifying — feeling of starting from scratch… and then the inevitable grow-out phase that comes after. That’s what Ryen Williams, a producer at Refinery29, is going through right now. “I’ve been cutting my hair since 2006, and even then, I still had a relaxer,” Williams says. “Finally, I decided to go natural in 2010 and start fresh with a chop. Now, I just struggle with the middle stage. Instead of allowing it to grow, I would just go to my barber and have him cut it super short, then color it blonde.”
Though she’s giving the scissors a break right now, Williams still finds comfort and inspiration in the stylist’s chair. “I started going to the salon on Easter Sundays as a child because my mom wanted my hair to be laid,” she recalls. “Other than that, I got my hair done right in the kitchen by my mom and had to hold my ears down. I didn’t start going to a stylist on a regular basis until I was in middle school, because at that point, I didn’t feel like the styles my mom did were cool anymore.”
Nigella Williams, a Brooklyn-based hairstylist who works with Chloe x Halle, and was decided. Some might think that her wavy braided bob is old-school, but that’s exactly why Williams went with it. It fits her vibe, it frames her face, and it makes her feel confident. “My hairstyles are expressive of who I am,” she says. Watch her story above.
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