Hello Curly Nikki,

As promised, I’m back!!! I have Big Chopped and LOVE my hair, so I wanted to share my journey with you and your readers!
CN: Were you a long-term or short-term transitioner?
I would consider myself a long-term transitioner…9 months! I originally had plans to go at least 12 months and possibly longer. However, the more my hair grew and the more I played with my natural hair, the more I loved it and couldn’t wait to discover it!!! I made it through my long transition by wearing fake hair/protective styles! I rocked a phony pony on the regular, that I just absolutely loved!!! I also had a lace front wig (“Rachel”) that still has my heart!!! My fake hair truly helped me keep my sanity through the entire process!!!

CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
I thought…”I Am Beautiful!!!” I felt…Exhilarated!!! I still think I am absolutely beautiful!!! (smile!)
CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
The responses were and still are amazing! My husband said, “Wow, you look great with short hair!” (he has never seen me with short hair…shoot, I have never seen me with short hair!). My friends LOVE it, their comments have all been so positive and many of them actually prefer me natural…they say it fits me better (go figure!?!)
CN: What are your plans for your hair?
I plan to grow it out! One of my favorite wigs during my transition was huge and I love her. I so want BIG hair now!!!

CN: Do you feel it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
No, not at all!!! Now, don’t get me wrong…I love my big earrings, heels and cute outfits, but I do not feel it is necessary in order to feel more feminine with my short natural hair! You know what makes me feel more feminine now…my hubby! He can’t keep his hands out of my hair! It’s funny, because when I was relaxed, I cringed when he touched my hair (because you know I didn’t want him to mess it up). Now, he can run his fingers all through my hair and the only thing I feel is…amazing! Hey now!
CN: How do you keep your hair moisturized?
I am a shea butter nut!!! I love that stuff!!!

CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
Oh wow! Well, I am truly a product junkie and I am currently rotating products in and out of my routine now that I am completely natural vs. transitioning! I have discovered KC Knot Today and Curling Custard and love them for my wash and go’s, it really makes my “coilies” pop! I also rediscovered Miss Jessie’s, she wasn’t the greatest during my transition (simply because pretty much all I did was protective styling), but now she is really working her magic with my natural tresses for twist outs!!! Right now I am styling often (every 2-3 days), because I love playing with my hair!!! I’ll calm that down soon…promise!!!
CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?
Right now, I am all about the silk/satin scarf, bonnet and pillow case! Ha! Yup, I’m so overdoing it, but I’m trying to see which works best for which hairstyle!!!

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