Meet Alicia… newly Big Chopped and comfortable in her own skin.

CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?

I did the big chop 1 month ago, August 21, 2010; the day before my bday 🙂 When I first chopped, I was so disappointed. I was immediately saddened when I got in the car, and looked in the mirror. It was sooo short. In fact, on the way home, I purchased a lace front wig to wear until my hair grew out. Now, I feel much better. Thanks to the support of my husband, cousins, family and friends, I decided not to wear the wig. Everyone encouraged me to “rock” the TWA and my natural beauty. I’ve done just that since then…:)

CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?

I’ve only dealt with a couple of negative responses. The most important response, however, was my husband’s; he and I had numerous conversations before I actually did the Big Chop. Even though he was okay with me getting it cut, I was still so nervous about his reaction. But, we’ve both adjusted well, and love it! Not too mention the convenience of the TWA! So… all in all, I’ve coped nicely, since I’ve basically had a lot of support.

CN:What are your plans for your hair?
Oh my goodness, I want to grow, grow, grow my hair out. I am so ready! I am looking forward to the versatility of twists, twist outs, and all of the other styles I come across on this website 🙂

CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?

When I left the shop, I asked one of my cousins to apply make up because I felt like I looked a little ‘manly’. So, the Big Chop pic below is one with me wearing makeup and my contacts. Initially, I planned to never leave the house with nothing less than eye shadow and earrings; and I definitely planned to permanently swap out my glasses for contact. Now, LOL, people are lucky to catch me with earrings on! I am just so comfortable with my TWA now. If you catch me out now, you’ll find me wearing lip gloss, glasses, and possibly some earrings.

CN: How do you keep your hair moisturized?
This is definitely a struggle for me right now– I haven’t mastered it at all. I’ve spent countless hours perusing for different tips; but I haven’t found the right combination for keeping my hair moisturized.

CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
Apparently I’ve become quite the product junkie. Literally every time I am in the store, I have to buy something new. Right now I’d say my only true staples are, v05 moisture milk and KC Knot Today. I just learned how to style my TWA using KC Knot Today and KCCC. I have been shampooing with KC Come Clean. I have some Hello Hydration (shampoo/conditioner combined); but I’ve only used it once. I also have some shea butter, glycerin, and EVOO. Right now, it’s all about experimentation for me.

CN: How do you get your waves or curls popping?
Ha! I’ve just been co-washing with v05 moisture milk, throwing on some Knot Today and combing out my TWA. However, as of today, I started using Knot Today and KCCC; basically doing finger coils… that’s the best I can describe it… I saw the styling tutorial on this website. Great results!

CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?

Lol… I haven’t mastered this at all. I typically put some oil or shea butter on my hair; and throw on a satin cap (which never stays on). However, I am going to purchase a satin pillow so I don’t have to worry about that cap!

Thanks so much for your website!! It has been such an inspiration and great resource. I have it saved to my phone, and pretty much look at it daily.

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