I Big Chopped- Alexandria



Meet Alexandria. She currently resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She's a single mother, an army soldier, sister, daughter, and friend. The creator of Thenaturalher.tumblr.com, she big shaved and kept a brush cut for sixth months and on March 28,  2011 cut for the last time!


What is your current regimen?

My routine is pretty simple.

For a curly look I rinse my hair while I am in the shower. Next, I spray my hair with the Carols Daughter’s Black Vanilla Leave in and use the palms of my hands to work it throughout my strands using a circular motion. Next, I apply a dime size amount of the Kinky Curly Leave-in and work in using the same palm method, then apply a dime size of the Kinky Curly Custard and repeat the palm motion. I wait five minutes and then spray my favorite oil mixture or the Carols Daughter leave in spray. I do not touch my hair in this step…

For my TWA on dry hair… I spray some Carols daughter’s leave in pick out my hair, slick down my edges with some Curl Control, and put a head band on.


 I co wash about once a week, and shampoo and deep condition every Sunday. For my Shampoo and Conditioner, I use the Roux Porosity Control line; it really has helped me with my previous issue with retaining moisture. My porosity issue was not due to chemical processing since I big shaved, so I did not have any chemical issues, I believe it was because I kept my brush cut for six months and the clippers where not so good to my hair. My hair has done a 360 with this stuff. It says that it is for chemically treated hair, but I saw a post about it on the CN site, and gave it a try. Thank GOD for that.

I deep condition with a mixture of oils that I have handy and the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask. This stuff is amazing as a leave in as well.

Of course I sleep with a bonnet, and I barely ever use styling combs unless doing a fro which I’ve only done maybe four times.

The Big Shave!

Progress!

What have you learned throughout your journey? Advice for others?

Being a young single mother, I was struggling trying to grow up and heal, mentally that is, and figure out what kind of woman I wanted my daughter to strive to be. I knew one thing; she would know the answers to all the questions I wondered for myself, like what love is, who she is and what she stands for. So I started internally…. I am still a work in progress but I found a spirit within myself, not so much a religious one, but one that could be FREE… I started gravitating to my sister Michelle, her energy is so pure, holistic in a sense, and if it wasn’t for her… first and foremost, I wouldn’t be the way I am today. I practiced meditation, I became a pescaterian (fish and seafood diet no meat) I began reading Deepak Chopra, I practiced humility, and I found interest in the beauty of nature. I went NATURAL for my child; I needed her to see a true model of self love and in the process of this change, what I learned most importantly was how to love myself.

My advice for others is simple. Going natural isn’t easy, but it is worth it. Knowing yourself in your purest form, the one you were created to be is such an awakening. Take your time with it, be sure about it, but most importantly embrace it. You will find things about yourself and about others that you have missed.


Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me at http://thenaturalher.tumblr.com/ 
On Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TheNaturalHer 

Please follow the blog, support The Natural Her Movement. Be beautiful, Be blessed, and be NAPPY!

43 Weigh in!:
Anonymous said...

WoW! she is absolutely gorgeous! the short hair suits her so nicely...thanks for sharing ur journey...u make me want to 'big shave' I have 14 inches of kinky hair n it's getting to be too much! I think a big chop is in my future. All the best to u :)

Jamzie from Trinidad

Anonymous said...

Wow, love it! Beautiful!

Miss Anne said...

Your curls are just so cute!!! And being in the army and a single mother... you're fabulous!

Kenni said...

You look gorgeous with your short hair! Just beautiful!

Kudos said...

Your hair fits your face SO well! I love it!!

Taylor said...

Super cute style! Confidence radiates from her in these pics.

Anonymous said...

Wow,Wow--that boy cut looks so good on you! I could never wear my hair that short but girl on you--STUNNING!

Shirl

Anonymous said...

Beautiful inside and out.

Anonymous said...

Your links aren't working..

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Stunning!! I'm a guy who would fall in love with this wonderful woman..

Anonymous said...

Love Love Love this article!

Janele said...

You look beautiful. I love it!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful hair on a beautiful girl--simply stunning!

Anonymous said...

http://thenaturalher.tumblr.com/

There is the link for anyone who says it is not working. Thank you all so much for the feedback. It's appreciated. :)

Anonymous said...

Copy and paste the link into your browser.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!!!

NaturalFox

livelovelaugh331 said...

So beautiful! I miss my hair this length but I am on the grow. Your rocked that brush cut though.

Annie L. said...

Loved your honesty and graciousness, you seem fearless yet still curious and willing to learn. Your hair is gorgeous, congratulations for falling in love with it and being a great example to you daughter.

Carla said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! Thank you for your service to this country as well :)

Anonymous said...

http://thenaturalher.tumblr.com/

There is the link for anyone who says it is not working. Thank you all so much for the feedback. It's appreciate it. Nikki actually fixed the links so they should be working

Anonymous said...

I love everything about your natural. Your a beautiful person inside and outside.

Anonymous said...

Hello. Nice!!! I'm in Fayetteville as well. Love the look.

Tierra B. said...

Gorgeous! You look great in ACUs or a pretty dress! I love to see women in uniform wearing their hair naturally and not covering it with weave because they're afraid (I am in the Army as well). I am at the awkward stage where it's not a twa but not long enough to pull into a bun (so i wear 2 strand twists because I like being able to touch MY hair versus extensions), anyways I just want to say there may come a day where someone who happens to be black and wears that same uniform, says they are "helping you" by basically telling you to cover your hair, it's happened to me and it was humiliating but i held my head up and continue to wear my hair the way God intended it to be. It wasn't a problem until my hair grew and I just wanted to tell you because your hair is and will continue to grow! I'd also like to commend you for being brave enough to "big shave", to wear that uniform, and for being an example to your daughter as well as other girls/women who are thinking of doing what you're doing!

Tierra B. said...

Gorgeous! You look great in ACUs or a pretty dress! I love to see women in uniform wearing their hair naturally and not covering it with weave because they're afraid (I am in the Army as well). I am at the awkward stage where it's not a twa but not long enough to pull into a bun (so i wear 2 strand twists because I like being able to touch MY hair versus extensions), anyways I just want to say there may come a day where someone who happens to be black and wears that same uniform, says they are "helping you" by basically telling you to cover your hair, it's happened to me and it was humiliating but i held my head up and continue to wear my hair the way God intended it to be. It wasn't a problem until my hair grew and I just wanted to tell you because your hair is and will continue to grow! I'd also like to commend you for being brave enough to "big shave", to wear that uniform, and for being an example to your daughter as well as other girls/women who are thinking of doing what you're doing!

Keisha @ healthy fit happy chick said...

LOVE. She looks great!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for serving this country your hair is beautiful.

Megan Montgomery

Anonymous said...

Only one word comes to mind...Beautiful!

To Anonymous @ 10:34am it's nice to hear men's comments on here posting.
~Lexa~

Anonymous said...

YOU LOOK AWESOME !

Jacinta W. said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for serving our country. Two thumbs up from a fellow NC natural:)

Kerissa said...

Your hair is beautiful and your eyebrows are on point!

Michelle Teague said...

I am so very proud of you sister!!! You are supported, you are very loved, and you are beautiful!!!! I love to see your growth on the blogs, not only with your hair but as a beautiful woman. Thank you so much for being who you are:)

Love,

Chelle

Anonymous said...

I would love to hear more about your journey becoming a pescaterian. I am starting on this journey too and would love to know how you make it work.

Gwenn4ya said...

Great to see one of my fellow comrades have a story done on her "natural" hair journey and lifestyle! Awesome! Love the hair and you have me interested in the shampoo that helped you to retain moisture. You go girl!

GGmadeit said...

Beautiful!

Cam said...

Beautiful! Makes me miss my TWA....

Cam said...

Beautiful! Makes me miss my TWA....

Anonymous said...

Alexandria,

You are STUNNING! And your hair has grown so much in such a short period of time. I will definitely be following you on your journey. Best of luck to you in all things, and thank you for your service to this country.

luvnM3naturally said...

Gorgeous hair! Beautiful young woman, mother and soldier...very inspiring. I too am a single mother, Army Veteran, always take care of yourself so you can be a better YOU for your daughter. God Bless

Anonymous said...

I love your hair, especially your big shave. You have inspired me to do the big shave next month as my summer style. :-)

Anonymous said...

The brush cut is absolutely beautiful, you rock it well!!

Dolores said...

Love love love it, beautiful lady. The 7th picture (with the caption - Progress! is how I want my hair to look.

Definitely will be following your journey.

Brooke B. said...

Your hair is beautiful & I especially love it with the purple shirt/dress & those earrings, very fierce

Stacy said...

Luv luv luuuuuv your hair! I bc'd on August 6, 2012 so I'm 6 weeks in. I wouldn't leave my home for the first three days but I kinda got the hang of it now. It's been a liberating experience.

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