High School Senior Big Chops for Locks of Love

I’ve had my head shaved for about three months now so I figured that was enough time to adjust to the new hairdo and get my thoughts straighten out. For my senior project at school, I decided to host a Locks of Love hair drive. I told my school that if I got 25 people to donate the minimum length of 8 inches, that I would shave my own head and donate my hair to people who can’t grow their own. Obviously, I did get enough people to cut their hair at my event because I currently have short hair.

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Marsha's Surprise Big Chop and Journey to Natural Hair

by Marsha Willis of www.savvynaturalyou.com

It was around midnight; I jumped out of bed remembering that I needed to finish my son’s hair for school pictures. My son, who was six at the time, had his first haircut months before.  He now wanted his hair back, so we were in the process of growing it out.  So earlier that evening, I started braiding his hair, which was a chore.  My children unfortunately inherited the cry-scream-kick tender headed gene from me and I had to take a short break. Well, I fell asleep longer than I expected with only half of his hair done.

I woke up and went to the restroom. Still sleepy, I glanced over at the wastebasket and noticed a whole bunch of hair sticking out of the top. I was trying to figure out who in the heck had all of that straight hair. Then I was thinking, well maybe the kids got into the hair that I saved from my son’s first haircut. I am embarrassed to admit it, but he had very long, RELAXED hair. He was five when he got his hair cut for the first time and like most moms, I saved it. My heart began to drop as I raised my left hand to touch the left side of my head and I realized that it was my own hair. What the heck, my hair was cut!

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Jasmine is Naturally Glam!

My name is Jasmine Winters, some call me Jd for short, lol, my middle name starts with a “D.” I’m a Houston native. I work with kids at a private school, I’m a part time photographer and I’m the CEO of the Walk a Mile Foundation, “We change lives together, as we walk miles together.” I can’t wait to 'til everything is finished to share with everyone. My hair journey was rough for the first couple of weeks because I felt like I looked like a little boy, so I would never walk out the house without make-up. But after I started receiving so much fab feedback, I started owing it and trying to figure out ways I could make it pop so I added some color to my life and it went from there. I had so much more confidence and I can honestly say it brought out my personality even more.

How long have you been natural?
January 29th, 2014 was my one year hair anniversary.

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Sara L is Naturally Glam!

My name is Sara Larece and I’m from Cincinnati, OH. I made Chicago my home about 5 years ago and I’m loving it. The relocation was really like an evolution of sorts. I came here at 17 years old, I enrolled in Columbia College and had my very first cultural awakening. I moved to the city with a sew-in but after I took it out, I struggled to find someone to care for my hair.  So I began transitioning unintentionally under the sew-in.  I was in desperate need of a relaxer because I had a short cut, so there was NO hiding it. After several unsuccessful salon trips, I decided to just chop it off. I went home to Cincinnati and told my hair stylist to give me a fade and dye it auburn red.

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Sherelle is Naturally Glam!

My name is Sherelle. I am 23 years old from Bermuda. I love natural hair. I once had a perm. I began to realize the damage it does to hair. So I decided to transition to become natural again. :)

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about 3 years now. I love the versatility of natural hair. I can wear my hair curly, big, straight, etc.

Luna is Naturally Glam!

My name is Luna and I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am 27 years old and have danced all of my life and I guess I can say I am a Jack of all trades! The best way to describe myself is to say that I am an Urban Articulator.  I have this talent of putting people and things that work well together, everywhere. I run a women's empowerment program and I have a Turban Brand called Crowns of Nyanga where I share my passion for African fabrics and creativity. After traveling to Africa, I came back with a bag full of fabrics, so I had to share! LOL

I normally work with fashion, culture and artists. I have been around the world quite a bit, so I speak 4 languages and when I am tired they all become one big mess of words... and my hair translates my personality i.e. WILD CHILD. LOL

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Annisa LiMara is Naturally Glam!

Hi! I’m Annisa LiMara (pronounced Ah-nee-sah La-Mar-rah) Mitchell, owner and founder of A’LiMara Swimwear and Resortwear. I am a fashion designer, stylist, fine artist, and beauty guru so I consider myself very well rounded in the arts. I was born and raised in Jackson, MS and lived in Maryland/DC for 5 years. I received my Bachelors Degree in Art at Tougaloo College, currently getting my Masters of Business in Marketing and will be launching my next Swimwear collection in summer 2014.

My hair journey has been one of highs and lows... from battling frizz, bad perms, flatirons, hair color, long hair, short hair and everything in between. Here is my story...

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Barbie is Naturally Glam!

My name is Barbie (that is my real name) and I am originally from Boston but I currently live in Washington, DC. I am a recovering product junkie who occasionally relapses on days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about 2.5 years.

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Teshia is Naturally Glam!

My name is Teshia. I am a 27 year old single mom of a beautiful 6 year old girl. I was a military brat, so I can't really pinpoint where I'm from, but I was born in Arkansas and pretty much raised all over. I currently live in Fayetteville, Arkansas (Home of the Razorbacks). I've been here for almost 5 years. I work for a Case Management company that specializes in helping people with disabilities be more a part of the community.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 1 year and 5 months

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"Why I'm Never Growing to Hip Length Again"

By Danielle Faust of OKDani.com

I’ve been reveling in my low-maintenance short cut so much so that I’ve chopped it even shorter! Everyone’s asking if I plan on growing to donate again and if I’ll try to get back to hip length again and my answer is yes, I’ll donate, but I will NEVER go back to hip length natural hair. And here’s why:

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Be Encouraged: Embrace Your Natural Hair

pRoy discusses the physical and mental transition needed to embrace her natural hair. Watch now!


Tania is Naturally Glam!

My name is Tania Williams, I am 27 years old from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I currently reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am mixed, due to my mother being from Puerto Rico. I do speak the spanish language fluently, which everyone always seems to be amazed when I tell them that. I have a beautiful little girl name Lyric, she is three years old. Growing up my hair was always manageable, I was just too lazy to let my mother do it. So I got a relaxer in middle school.  Throughout the years I never thought about going natural until I graduated from college in 2007. It was 2008 when I finally started my hair journey with a dear friend of mine named Yanicka.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for four years now. My nappy anniversary just passed! I am so excited for how much my hair has changed and grown throughout these years.

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On the Couch with Shirel- 'I made a decision to lead by example...'

My name is Shirel I am a performer, wife and mother.  I have been natural for a year and five months :)

After giving birth to my daughter I started to consider going natural. I made a comment one day to my husband about wanting our baby to keep chemical straighteners out of her hair and he responded with "Well, she is probably going to want to look like you." That was the moment I made a real conscious decision to lead by example in all aspects of my life.

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#ShortHairDontCare - Dani Chops it Off and Donates the Length!

by Dani of  OKDani.com

I wanted to cut for a while now, but my mind was set on rockin’ a short assymetrical bob. I changed my mind last month and wanted to just be FREE from doing my hair, detangling, styling, etc.

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Again With the Cutting!- Natural Hair Big Chop #3


Remember Trenell? Curlfriend from my NaturallyCurly forum days (circa 2005)? Well homegirl just big chopped... again!  She first cut off her relaxer back in 2000 and chopped it all of again in 2006 when she was 'pregnant and crazy'. She says, 'I think I'm over long hair for a while... maybe forever...'. 
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Katia is Naturally Glam!

My name is Katia Dowdell. I am a 27 year old freelance graphic designer from Auburn, Alabama. I work in a Youth Development Center. My hair journey has been an upward climb. I love my hair more now than I have throughout the entire process. I am still at the "twa stage" and like most naturals, I can't wait to see my hair grow into a real "jaw-dropper!"

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She'kia Renea Big Chops... Again!

She'kia Renea shares her insights on the big chop and takes the plunge again! 

On the Couch with Shelly of GlamNaturalLife

Shelly of GlamNaturalLife writes: 

Why did I go natural?

I had been getting my hair relaxed since I was 8yrs old. As long as I can remember, I have never had bouncing hair that I was madly in love with without the aid of weaves/extensions. My naked permed hair was so damaged you could see right through it and 'limp' was the best word to describe it. I did what I was told with no great results. Washed every two weeks, deep conditioned, wrapped at night and made sure to not touch up frequently. However 'limp' was still the nickname until I got a good Remi installation. Then I was the Bomb.com (if u know what I mean. lol!)

My best friend went natural 2 yrs before I did. I still remember her trying to persuade me to chop my 'limpness' off and go natural. I gave every excuse you can think of as to why I couldn't do it: "my hair is not soft like yours so I wont be able to comb it", "natural hair is not for me" and the biggest one, "I won't look good with nappy hair". How people were going to perceive me was a big thing that I had to get over. Well on Aug 6th, 2011, after trying to de-tangle two textures for hours, I realized I was 'DONE'. I grabbed a pair of scissors, chopped off the permed hair and have been natural since then. Now I have really strong, healthy hair.

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On the Couch with Erika- "Give Yourself a Chance"

Dear Nikki,

I’d love to start this letter out by saying “you changed my life” – but the truth is I changed my life and you are an important part of making sure that this change sticks.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

On July 1, 2013 I wore my own hair for the first time in five years and six months! Yep, that’s right. For five years and six months the world never saw my real hair. Wigs, weaves and scarves adorned my head all 2,007 days.

Now, only a few days after my decision to start wearing my hair again, I remain on a cloud of self acceptance and dare I say—self-love. A love like never before.

Four years ago I lost 60 pounds. This feels better than that.

Reading your story online made me smile. Much like you, my husband was my motivator for wearing my own hair. Forget natural or permed, he just wanted me to wear MY hair.

I had just given birth to our daughter when the question came. After nearly two years of dating he looked at me and said “Babe, I have a question for you. Do you ever wear your own hair?” I promptly said “nope.

But of course, the question stuck with me. He never pushed me on the issue, only made subtle (and not so subtle :)) suggestions. But all in all I thank God for him because in that moment I decided that my journey back to me had to start soon and this time I wouldn’t dive back into the foxhole of faux hair.

One week after our conversation, I cut all my hair off. I mean all of it. Think about any black man you know with a fade and add about a centimeter to that. That was my hair. I wore scarves until my first beauty shop appointment where I had my stylist do a quick weave and I made the decision to grow my hair out until July 1. No turning back.

Two quick weaves and one set of kinky twist took me through the six months. All of a sudden I was at the end of June and it was time. I undid my twist on a Friday night, deep conditioned all day Saturday and spent Sunday cutting, combing, twisting and praying. On Monday morning—July 1—I woke up to see what I was working it.

I had previously coined this day “D-Day,” but had since changed it to “Me Day.” Me Day was here.

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On the Couch with Alicia- 'Let's Do This Dirty Laundry'

by Alicia James of MsAliciaJames.com

Let’s do this dirty laundry, dirty laaaauundry (natural hair version) LOL!

Opening Up
I wanted to really expose some insecurities I have about my natural hair when it comes to shrinkage. It’s not the easiest thing to lay your baggage out on the table, but I feel like my experience may help or inspire someone along the way.

True enough, the journey to natural hair is an amazing experience. It’s one of those things that have truly changed some people’s lives. It’s that thing you want to talk about all day long with your friends and even random strangers at the grocery store.  Especially when they stop you, because of their curiosity, wanting to know how you make your hair do whatever it is doing. You know what I mean!

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