Photo: Gospel Artiste, TY Bello, Cuts Off Her Big Afro
Awww! We know her as a very creative singer and
photographer but that big afro is a T.Y Bello
trademark we love…
The mother of two in an article she titled “the
barber seat” gave the reasons why she decided to
cut off her big afro and restart growing her hair
THE BARBERS SEAT:The first time I cut my hair
was when I was nine. I had been giving my
mum hell on sunday evenings when it was time
to get it woven for school. She just decided to
put an end to my nonsense and took me to Baba
Barber in Obalende . I remember being strapped to his squeaky old
,reclined metal and torn brown leatherchair … It
must have taken four adults to hold me down .
I can never forget.. How can I ? Baba gave me
the full treatment . He was determined to impress
my mother . He not only shaved off all my hair .. He took off
every strand that lined my face and replaced it
with a sharp concave line from ear to ear with his
manual rusty clippers .. I was devastated .
I walked into class the next day greeted with
what sounded like a silent but long eeeeeeew from every one .
The experience marred me.. I’ve seen baba in a
few nightmares attempting to dispossess me of
my Afro . So imagine my horror when my hair
started dramatically falling out two months after
my boys were born . I was deluded by someone who told me I was
lucky to be carrying boys as ‘boys don’t take
you hair away ‘ they give you even more .. She
was right.. Intially at least ..Never had better hair
than when I was pregnant .. So slowly but surely
Baba barber was beckoning another visit .. But I decided that this time around ..it was going to be
on my own terms .. I was going to love my scalp
back to a happy place and then cut hair myself
when the time was right … Just to start over.
Today was that day ..a shoot didn’t happen so I
had a lil time in my hands I chopped it all off..Not with old rusty clippers but my own scissors.It
makes me look even more like my mum..
So will I be missing my big fro?Absolutely!!But
then again ..I’m a Nigerian woman in 2015 and I
watch YouTube I know a thousand ways to get
that baby bouncing in air again ..In a heartbeat .. I’ll just have fun with this in the mean time.
I think I did better than baba barber tho.
#bigchop #freshstart photographed by
@riasolanke at the studio.”