Kattya tells us of her self-imposed Big Chop! She’s loving her hair so much that she’s sharing her story with you.

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
K: I transitioned for 8 months. The first 3 months were kind of by accident. Then I fell in love with the curls and decided to grow it out for a year and go from there. By month 8, I hated my relaxed ends and was ready to BC.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
K: My BC was on July 23rd. I went to Walmart and bought the proper scissors and just went at my hair. I’m actually really happy that I did it myself. It was very…freeing. My initial reaction was complete shock. I loved my curls but I’ve never had short hair. I was kinda worried about what my husband would think. However, once I noticed how bangin’ my cheekbones looked, I was hooked 🙂

CN: What was your transition routine?
K: While transitioning, I usually did braid outs using whatever was hanging around the bathroom (Motions CPR Anti-Breakage Lotion, Garnier Fructis Anti-Frizz Serum). I’d try to braid out every Saturday, but this didn’t always happen. My sister would mail me wigs ( due to the lack of them in CT) and I had a sew in for 2 months.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
K: I think I just got over the whole relaxer routine. It was a bit much and didn’t fit into my schedule. When I moved to CT to go to med school, I had nobody to relax my hair. I did a couple myself and even taught my husband how to “get the back” for me. I realized that this was ridiculous! It was just too time consuming to wash, blow dry, flat iron, and wrap. I hated the mini emergency that would ensue every time I was due for a perm. I really felt enslaved by my hair. My life was also changing, I finished the first 2 God-awful years of med school and wanted to symbolically get rid of it. My husband and I are also planning to have kids soon and I wanted to definitely be natural during pregnancy. Finally, I learned to love me. I had always been the cheerleader popular type (not a mean girl) and truth be told, all that high maintenance stuff really wasn’t me. The way I am now is who I really am.. unadulterated…the way God made me.

Picture 1- College Graduation 2006
Picture 2- Transitioning Style ( Braid Out)
Picture 3- July 2009 after my BC
Picture 4- Getting used to deep treatments