The Big Chop: Natural Hair Journey
It’s finally here, my big chop video! And I’m so excited to share my hair journey with you guys because I know a lot of you are on yours! I love that social media has such an amazing natural hair community that allows us to share ideas, products, and encourage each other to embrace our natural hair. There’s so much inspiration everywhere!
It’s been well over a year since I started transitioning my hair and it all led to this moment right here- the big chop. Click here to know why I started relaxing my hair to begin with. Was I nervous to cut my hair? Hell ya. Truthfully, I was more excited than nervous and I was totally ready for a change. One major factor that eased my rollercoaster of emotions, was Curly Hair Daze. The curl queen herself that has shaped the hair (and hearts) of several natural haired beauties. For a back story on how I stumbled across her IG and fell in love with her work, click here.
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After my hair appointment, I loved it all. The cut, the shape, the pintura highlights, I loved it all and I still love it all! But full transparency here, this is such a learning process. I am learning what my natural hair likes and what it doesn’t. I’m experimenting with all sorts of product combinations and routines.
Have I completely messed up a Wash and Go style by not adding enough or too much product? YUP. Have I spent hours (literally hours) caressing each strand trying to understand why some areas are tighter than others? YUP.
It’s quite intriguing that every time I wash my hair, the curl pattern is changing. Curly Hair Daze told me my hair will slowly start to find it’s “curl friends” as time goes on. Meaning the curls will start to cluster together and encourage each other to flourish! She was right. The first wash after my big chop, I noticed a change immediately. I continue to notice the change. What an interesting thing to witness on my own head! The thought of what my natural curl pattern could look like in a year from now, excites my every cell.
I am being patient, enjoying the journey and don’t have an ounce of regret in me.
Cheers to the natural hair journey!
Where are you on yours?
I have been on my natural journey for 9 years now. About a year ago I decided to start my loc journey and I love every minute of it!
Wooooow, 9 years! Congrats to you and for starting a new journey.
Wonderful story and video to watch. I love your hair and how you changed the style of it. It really suits you. My hair journey was about stopping to colour my hair. I started to colour my hair in my 20s to jazz up my look. A variety of colours – perm and semi perm colour, streaks, platinum blond etc was applied over the decades. Having short hair required colouring every 6 weeks when cut. Five years ago I stopped. If I was not going to drink the stuff, why was I applying it to my scalp all the time? End result is salt and pepper look. I found it liberating and you must be feeling that too. Liberating.
You hit the nail on the head!
So many things we do to our hair, when really we could be accepting it in it’s natural form hehe!
Thank you for your kind words.
Hope all is well!
I love how your hair turned out! I love seeing natural hair but I’m so scared going natural. I’ve been relaxing my hair for so long IDK if I would ever be ready to take that jump, just yet!
Thank you, love!
I totally get what you mean. I was so nervous (but excited) to see what my natural curl pattern would look like. Now that I know, I love it! You definitely have to be mentally ready to take on the transition stage. So I’m glad to hear you are getting there. When you’re ready, I am here for support!
My hair was so close to getting like this but the back and my edges were breaking and thinning from doing buns all the time. I wish I had of been more patient instead of big chopping into a relaxed pixie cut. But I’m gonna transition and start over again. The process is amazing. You look BEAUTIFUL girl 🙂
Thank you for your message, beautiful!
Honestly, the transition was such a struggle for me and there were many times when I wanted to just give up. Being patient is much easier said than done, but you can do it! I am here for you =)
Chia , your hair looks amazing !
I’m loving it, she did a really good job!
P.S did you edit this video?
I have been on my new hair journey sisterlocks for 4 months now and I am so glad I did it!!!
That is amazing, Anna! I am so glad to hear you are loving it. I totally get what you mean!
Hey Chia! I plan to go there next year in January but there are no prices online. For the service you got was she expensive (more than $500)? Please let me know. Thanks!
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I’m about three months into my journey. I stopped doing relaxers for a year and then decided to do my big chop right in the middle of quarantine because there were no salons open and I got fed up with washing my hair and letting it air dry. I have three different curl patterns but I love the freeness of not having so much hair on my neck and on top of my head. 😁😁
Congrats on your recent big chop- how exciting! So glad that you’re feeling free. Let the journey continue =)!