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I Big Chopped- Elle

By January 27th, 202115 Comments
Meet Elle… a Big Chopper, who like many other BC’ers uses Aloe Vera based products to keep her curls popping!

I Big Chopped- Elle
CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings?
I was a little upset about having short hair, but I was excited to wear my hair in its natural state. The main thing I was worried about was finding the right products and techniques to not dry my hair out, because when it’s dry it’s SO frizzy! But there were some days when I would get upset because I felt like I looked like a boy. Also, I was concerned that people would automatically think I was militant because I have a TWA. At the same time, I was loving my natural texture! It felt so good to look at my hair and not see frizzy, frayed, split ends. I looked in the mirror and declared, “OH! So that’s what healthy hair looks like!”

CN: Have your feels changed at all since the chop?
Not really; my hair is a bit longer now so I feel a little better, but I still want my hair back! I love how it’s growing out though, curly mullet and all!

CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
I received some positive and some negative responses to my TWA, but I learned that I had to brush off the negativity. After all, it’s my hair, not theirs! If they don’t like it, it’s not my problem. My parents were fairly supportive, except my mother still claims that she can never go natural because she “doesn’t like afros.” I will say that the positive comments were so sweet that they overpowered ignorant comments like, “Why are you bald?” I even had some guy friends that love to jab me compliment my hair; it was really nice.

CN: How do you keep it moisturized?
I keep my TWA moisturized by conditioning like crazy! I DC usually 2-3x a week with olive oil and honey or oil added to my cowash, and cowash daily. Also, I either do a scalp massage at night or use a pomade to seal in moisture before I go to bed. I’ve learned that my medium/coarse hair is not a fan of heavy protein treatments, so I keep protein use to a minimum in some stylers and conditioners. I don’t do protein DTs though.

CN:What products and techniques do you use to style?
I love moisturizers and stylers that aren’t too oily, like Qhemet Burdock Root Butter Cream, Ohm Sweet Hair Pudding, AfroVeda PUR Whipped Gelly, Komaza Care Califia Styling Pudding, Pure Aloe Vera Gel, and Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee. Depending on what products I am using that day, I use some combination of a leave-in and styler and/or moisturizer. Sometimes, I apply an oil like HairVeda Cocasta Oil over my leave-in as well. To apply products, I rake them through my hair, and press my fingers together to distribute the product to my ends. Then, I shake out my fro and go!

CN: How often do you style?
Daily, I love re-wetting my hair. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll achieve 2nd day hair with a spritz of water, aloe vera juice, and lemon juice (to go out in the sun and help lighten my hair).

CN: How do you get your waves or curls popping?
Water and aloe vera based stylers. AV gel gives me great definition without making my hair crunchy. Also, my curls seem to pop more after cleansing or a Cherry Lola treatment.

I Big Chopped- Elle
CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?
I wear a satin bonnet nightly, and sleep on a satin pillowcase.

CN: What are your plans for your hair?
I definitely want to grow it out. I can’t wait to be able to put my hair in a ponytail or bun, just to take a break. Oh, and I miss being able to braid my hair! But, I’m trying to be patient and enjoy my hair while it’s short, because it’s so easy to style. My ultimate goal is BSL, so I can have big hair that blocks people out of pictures!

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  • Anonymous says:

    Have you seen her YouTube videos recently her hair is longer and even more gorgeous!

  • Adina says:

    I love your curls!! Your hair looks amazing!!

  • monique says:

    your hair goal had me LOL- big hair that blocks people out of pictures!!!!! hilarity

  • Beads, Braids & Beyond says:

    Love it! :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Very pretty!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey guys! Yep, it's Ellepixie from NC. Thanks for all the love! The headband is from Forever 21, I know they were selling a lot of the "big flower" look for summer. Last time I was there they had headbands and clips. :)


  • Tiffany says:

    Fabu, love the hair and the accessories.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes, I most def know it's ellepixie from You can't mistake those freckles, lol! I also followed you on the DC challenge and yes your hair has grown a lot. It's looking great! I am like you, I do miss having longer hair to be able to pull back into a bun. I can't wait until it grows to that length either! Happy growing!

    ktip_transitioner aka KeishaMac

  • Anonymous says:

    I second WildOnce…where did you get the flower headband? Love it!

  • Living Fly on a Dime says:

    I love her hair. I just BC'd again. I'll have to look in to aloe vera products

  • Anonymous says:

    If this is EllePixie from, your hair has grown like crazy. It looks awesome either way. But I've followed you on and it's great to see you on here.

  • Anonymous says:

    I enjoy your blog and YouTube vids. And your hair looks great! :-)

  • WildOnce says:

    I love your hair! The second picture looks like the curls in my 5yr old son's hair! I love it I think my hair will look similar when it finally grows out.. maybe a little curlier! and I love the bigggggg pink flower where did you get it?

  • Unknown says:

    Beeeeeautiful!! loving the flowers :D

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness your hair is so pretty, and look at all of the curls that you have already. Keep up the good work, and remember that what works for you might not work for another member. Congrats on your b/c.

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