Yes I know no one asked for my opinion but im going to give it anyway.
~beckons the people~ Gather round while I share my opinion on this.
P.S SHE IS GORGEOUS!!
I don’t even know what to call this. But it happened – FOR REAL.
I’m married – 5+ years – to a wonderful husband and father. I’m pregnant – 5 months now – with my second child and I’m an emotional rollercoaster. I’ve been natural – almost 1 year – and, although it took some time for me to feel this way, I LOVE my curls.
My husband works from home and has watched our 2-yr old daughter from birth (SN: She has curls too and he washes and styles her hair very well during the week). About a month ago, he sent me a text at work saying we needed to talk when I got home. So, I come from work on my lunch break like I normally do. We decided to leave the house to run some errands. In the car, I asked him what he wanted to talk about. Then he said the six words that literally threw me into an immediate emotional breakdown: “WE NEED TO SPLIT UP.” Huh? What? Where is this coming from? Instant flood of tears and hyperventilating.
He never wanted me to go natural. He doesn’t like “nappy” hair. He likes straight hair. He felt that I had totally ignored his feelings by going natural in the first place, but the fact that I’ve stayed natural, despite his disdain, is even worse. It doesn’t matter that everyone else around us likes my hair. He is my husband and his opinion should matter most. When he married me I had long, straight hair. He’s not attracted to me anymore because of my hair, and therefore he felt that the best solution was to split up, instead of being disgusted with the sight of me daily. But if I straighten my hair (it doesn’t have to be a relaxer), then everything will be ok and go back to normal. Blah, blah, blah. SN: Just the week before, his close friend’s wife chemically relaxed her hair after a year of being natural because she couldn’t stand the negative feedback from her husband.
Ok, ok, ok. He probably didn’t use those exact words. But I’m pregnant, so that’s what it sounded like. I emailed my boss from my phone and said I couldn’t come back to work for personal reasons. After running our errands, I dropped him and our daughter back off at the house and drove off to clear my mind. I won’t go into all the thoughts that led me to my next actions, but I will tell you what happened.
I LOVE THIS MAN. I CANNOT IMAGINE MY LIFE WITHOUT THIS MAN. I WILL NOT LOSE MY HUSBAND OVER HAIR. But I felt this was a deeper issue than hair, and I also felt that some information was missing from his little rant. So I went back home. I grabbed a pen and paper and went straight to our bedroom. I got in the bed under the covers and started writing. Right after I jotted down my last thought, he came in to check on me. He gave me a big hug, and waited for me to speak. Here’s what I wrote/said, and his answers.
-I have more going for me than the hair on my head. YES YOU DO.
-I’m beautiful, intelligent, stylish, in shape, a good mother, I bring home bacon just like you, and I cook it too. YES I AGREE.
-I’m pregnant with your child, how dare you bring this to me right now. I FELT LIKE YOU WERE IGNORING HOW I FELT ABOUT YOUR HAIR.
-My hair is beautiful and *I* LOVE it, no matter what anyone else says. I KNOW.
-Our daughter’s hair is beautiful, are you going to request that she straighten her hair? NO, HER HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL.
-Is your friend’s wife a better woman than I am because she relaxed her hair for her husband to make HIM happy, even though she will be unhappy? YES, I FEEL THAT WAY. BUT SHE IS NOT MY WIFE AND I DO NOT WANT ANOTHER WOMAN.
-Are you willing to give up our love, sex, family, home, future plans… all because of my hair?! NO, NEVER.
My response was: Then I cannot, WILL NOT get a chemical relaxer. So what is your REAL problem?
His response was: Well, it’s just that all the “different” styles you have been doing have been “nappy” styles. Can you please do some straight styles, and do them more often?
Of course! Why didn’t you say that in the first place boy?!
Ever since then, we’ve been back in love like usual. He touches my “nappy” hair and tells me I’m beautiful. And I still haven’t done a straight style yet, although I do plan to keep my promise – to prevent another childish rant.
Turns out, he just did a really horrible job of expressing his feelings. And I did a really horrible job of acknowledging his feelings. We will not lose our love, our marriage, our life together… OVER HAIR.
First of all let me start of by saying that the idea of a husband leaving his PREGNANT WIFE because she is natural is absolutely ridiculous! It has to be much deeper than hair. Now while a man may express his disappointment, concerns, and discontent for your hair, if he is in love with you, he is in love with YOU and not different parts of you.
Second, I must applaud this woman for the way she approached this situation seeing as though i would have immediately flown off the handle….. or maybe not because i have been in a similar situation before but he didn’t threaten to leave me. Arguments came about over my hair but it was never “I’m leaving you because you got that nappy s**t on your head. Eventually, once it started to grow, he came around and really started to like some of the styles that i was wearing.
It is one thing not to have a clear and concise understanding as to why your wife/gf/whatever she is to you would all of a sudden just cut off their hair, but its a wwwhooollle nother ball game when you decide to leave an ENTIRE family behind because you don’t like her hair.. that much ..
Come on man. There are clearly some deeper issues that you don’t want to admit and you are using hair as a crutch.
She is still your wife, mother of your child, mother to your unborn child and you have the nerve to say that and actually TELL HER you no longer find her attractive!? ..#killyoself
I must say that i am very impressed that she stood up for herself because BELIEVE me he will get over it. It’s just certain things that men don’t understand . Probably never will understand fully but they can be supportive to you in your decisions and trust your judgement.
I know some of you say “Oh well that NI88*A woulda been missing teeth!” “Oh HELL NAW LEAVE THAT NINJA!” But it is her husband and they have a family together.
Hats off to her for standing her ground and finding an easier solution besides flying off the handle about it.
I still think this is way deeper than hair though…