Thursday, December 08, 2005

Bold and Bald

Yeah there comes a time in a woman's life when enuff is enuff!! I shaved it off in May 2005 and yes I was bald totally. It was bold move I tell ya and at first I was not sure I would withstand the stares, the assumption(yes in my town,sex orientation is hot topic because after San Fran, we are second in same sex whatever_).It was an exhale moment ..yeah I had been waiting to exhale for a while .

It was awesome to walk in the shower and let the warm water flow on my scalp and walk out without worrying about a blow drier or a hot comb. There has been a mixed reaction from both men and women. The women loved it interestingly,some men mostly White adored it but our Nyeuthi brothers eeeish it was those of.... "damn girl why?Yeah! that was suprising that our brothers do not appreciate natural beauty, they would rather see me in horse hair or poodle hair:-) or wherever the synthetic /human hair is made of.
Nway this was not done to "make a statement" kinda of a thing.

It was a medical condition ...a scalp inflamation caused by a bacteria which affect the hair root causing stagnation and cutting the hair around it. At first I blamed it on hair grease/lotions and then came shampoo I changed from Suave, head &shoulders, Nizoral name it..., then cursed on my West African hair dresser for braiding my hair too tight.

Finally I researched on the net and you will not imagine how many women suffer from this condition.I found forums after forums of women sufferers of scalp inflammation and other conditions such as Alopecia. It is real and very apparent with the Blac women. So, as much as I hate Wigs, weaves etc, I now do know why some women opt for them because not all can be bold to go bald!

It is December, I'm still nursing my condition with medication which has costed me $400.00 so far Damn!!!! that is a one way trip to Germany:-).Thank God for Insurance. One tube of medicated foam costs $150 but insurance pays much of that.

The treatment is meant to go on for 10 months to see any improvement. Well, I can see the improvement now and can't wait to braid my hair again and have my ponytail back!!!!
Oh the Balding me!


jke said...

Tough style but I think it's better this way. Better than wearing any fake/artifical stuff.

As for the male perspective - I've let my hair grow since August and just three weeks ago, I couldn't take it any longer and had to cut it off again. So either way - as long as you will comfy with it - it is good.

jke said...

Yani, with that Maasai necklace in the background (on the wall), you could easily make some extra mbeca and do some traditional perfomances :-)

(NOW all those men will avoid you because they will think you're married.....;-p)

Irena said...

Jke:-) I agree as long as one is comfy with the style that is all that matters..
He!he! Yeah I might look into the traditional entertainment Mbeca making scheme. Too bad I'm short so I'm not sure If I can pass for a masaai but with a complete outfit(which I do have) whose show will it be anyway:-)? but not sure I want to sacrifice my single status while doing it mmmmmmhhh that's a thought ain't it:-))
Dank für Ihre Anmerkungen:-)

Keguro said...

Short hair on women is HOT!

My compliments!

Irena said...

Keguro: Thank you!

Acolyte said...

winter+no hair = pain

Irena said...

Acolyte: Winter + no hair + scarf+ hat = comfort

jke said...

You should ask Father Christmas for a guitar so you can start entertaining ppl in D.C. like that "one woman guitar show".


Irena said...

Jke:Yes, I have made that request known to Father Christmas ,now I just need a couple of those Kyuk Circumcision songs.. and Mugithi ...and that one that goes "ona nguku nicia remirwo kwenja cioro:-))))).

Irena said...

Ahhh the song is called "Sinyorita" aka "senorita"

Poi said...

I'm so late here, but now i am anyhow. So i gotsa u look just as good in short hair. I don't care about short hair some ppl would look scary but others short suits them just fine like you :)

Hair issues are crazy, pole sana about your scalp prob, glad you finally narrowed the cause and are working on it, hang in there though the meds are a rip-off soon it'll be what it once was.

Thanks for sharing, coz mine just did it for me..drove me gagging-crazy

Irena said...

Poi: from now onwards, it is the African braid and more "cooking" the hair..