CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
I transitioned for all of 2 weeks before deciding to make the Big Chop. My hair was cut in a Rhianna-ish bob, and it was badly damaged from the constant heat I was applying to it. Because it was so short, the relaxed ends looked straggly. So one morning after seeing my daughter off to school and before heading to work, I cut a little in the back to see my natural hair (which was about 1/2 inch). I couldn’t get the real gist of it, so I cut a ‘lil more. Then I said forget this, and I cut it all! I felt elated. It just felt right. Before I cut the rest I said, “ooh if I don’t like it, I’ll just wear my wig to work.” Bump that, after all the ends were off I was IN LOVE! Now I’m just trying to find the right products.
CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
Everyone liked it. I have the head and face for it or so I’m told. I’ve cut my hair before, so while they were surprised, they weren’t truly shocked. My daughter is the only one who doesn’t like it and that’s because she never wanted me to cut it. Now she calls me ‘pea head’ because my head is so small.
CN: What are your plans for your hair?
I plan on growing it out. However, I think I need to get it professionally trimmed. I cut my hair myself with my daughters broken safety scissors. It’s amazing that it looks so good. I may take a little more off before I let it grow.
CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
Fo’ sho’. Without earrings I look like a little boy, ha ha, that is if you don’t look down and see all the junk my mama gave me. My boyfriend told me I make a cute AG.
CN: What are your favorite accessories, or go to ways to glam up your look?
Earrings are my favorite accessory. And I also love mascara. Those are my two must haves before walking out the house. When I have time and I am not rushing (which is rare) I will add blush and eyeshadow to really add to my look. But I have no make-up application skills. As much as I watch YouTube make-up tutorials, I end up looking like Bozo the clown, he he.
CN: How do you keep it moisturized?
I haven’t found the right products yet. My current products are “ok” but I’m looking to fall “in-love”. Currently I use Giovanni, or Jane Carter Conditioner. I’ve also tried Kinky Curly Knot Today and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. So far eh….it’s okay. I do use olive oil and water of course. I don’t consider myself a product junkie because once I find what works for my hair, I’ll stop buying things. I do want to try the Qhemet line and blackonyx77’s Alikay Naturals line. Also kimmaytube created a youtube video on her homemade leave-in that I may use. Also I test all my products on my TWA, as well as my 11 yr old who has longer hair than I.
CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
I currently use Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I love how my hair looks after this product dries. I don’t, however, love the build-up or white balls it leaves behind. Also, I need to find a cheaper fix!!!! $30 a jar. I’m on a budget…I think, lol.
I style daily, not in hair manipulation but in application of products. If there is enough product in my hair, sometimes I only need to add water. I add product in two sections, the back of my hair and then the front. Trying to evenly distribute a dollop of product on a whole head doesn’t work for me. I also finger comb and finger roll. Finger rolling involves making circular movements over sections of my hair.
CN: How do you get your waves or curls popping?
Kinky Curly usually does the trick, but on longer hair there’s too much shrinkage. Also, on tighter coiled hair it gets really dry overnight, so I’m sure I’ll have to switch once my TWA is longer, but that’s my experience on my daughters hair. I also always add water.
CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?
Satin cap and water, but I need a satin pillow case too because my cap falls off every night!