Friday, June 1, 2012

Scrolling Down Big Chop Lane...

"I'm so comfortable in the skin I'm in, I'm secure about who I am!" *singing*

I tell you self- love is the best love!

Hello Stylish Beauties! Hello June!

Ahhh... It's finally June! I am so excited for this Summer. I have lots of exciting plans, including getting lots of sleep. :-)

However, one of the main things that I am looking forward to is... my ONE YEAR NATURAL HAIR ANNIVERSARY!!! Yes! I am so excited, July 22nd can not come fast enough. So as I begin to prepare for that I decided to take a trip down big chop lane. *Tears*  Precious memories...

I remember my big chop like it was yesterday...

It was a scorching hot NYC day. July 22, 2011 to be exact. I was going through what I considered a hair crisis at the time because I had cut my hair in a short hairstyle in December 2010 and it was starting to grow out more and more. I just couldn't keep up with it anymore. It was still too short to really style and even though I loved the cut during the winter days, once it got warm I found myself going through the ultimate perm and flat iron stage. I was trying to do whatever it took to keep my hair straight so it could look decent.

I was beginning to get very frustrated with my hair and I knew I really wanted a change. It was time for a change! On this particular morning I woke up and looked at my hair refusing to have to deal with it another day. I was angry at the thought of not being able to do much with it. It had already been about two months since my last perm, so, I knew I had to do something fast. I quickly logged on YouTube searching for videos on "how to do a Rhianna style haircut at home". I had no intentions on going natural! At that time I did not even know what the term "going natural" meant. I just knew I wanted something very different. As I was searching I came across various videos from women across the world, but, none seem to be what I was looking for.

Then after about an hour of searching I came across a video of a women doing her own big chop (BC) at home. This video gave me the motivation I needed to get that different look. I watched the video about five times, paying close attention to how she cut her hair. Then I logged off of YouTube. I went straight to the bathroom, found my barber scissors and took a deep breath. I started cutting and cutting and cutting until I was satisfied. Talk about a weight being lifted off your shoulders... this was a MAJOR one! It's really amazing what a haircut can do.

After I finished cutting I sprayed my hair with water and stared into the mirror, touching my hair over and over for about five minutes. I did not know what I really did or how I was going to feel the next day. All I can say is at that very moment... I FELT SO, SO GOOD!

Before Big Chop:

June 07'
Dec 10'

After Big Chop:

July 11'
July 11'



  1. Well, I am guessing a happy hair-iversary is in order. I think that you natural hair is just lovely. I have a similar story about cutting my hair off. I have had long hair all my life and a year ago I walked pasted a salon walked in and said "cut it all off!"
    At that moment, I also just needed a change. I love my short hair and at this time have no intention on growing it back.
    I think it is just as India Arie sang, I am not my hair and neither are you. Embracing your natural hair is more about loving yourself no matter what than it is making a statement.

    1. Thank you so much Sharon! A hair cut can make a huge difference. Glad to hear you have a similar story. :) You picked the right song also! There is nothing like loving yourself!

  2. Yay, for you!! I've decided to grow out my relaxer little by little (not brave enough for the "big chop"), but i so admire your accomplishment! :)

    1. Thank you!! & Yay for you... I wish you all the best on your journey. Being natural just feels so free! Whether you big chop or transition it's a journey to remember. :)