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Motivation For The Big Choppers!

By January 27th, 202126 Comments
Carnisha’s back by popular demand, dishing on her BC and current routine!

On her hair routine…
I wash once a week with Kinky Curly Come Clean (love it),detangle with HE Totally Twisted, Deep Condish under dryer with Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner (leaves my hair really soft), I apply olive oil and shea butter, let my hair dry about 60 percent to do medium sized twists for a soft defined twist out.

My hair likes shampoo so I use Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo, occasional co-wash with HE Totally Twisted, Detangler/Leave in HE Totally Twisted or Repure Organics (Red Bottle), Moisturize with Olive Oil and Coconut Oil, Set twists with Shealoe butter or a little Mizani Butter Rich Creme. That’s about it.

Advice for transitioners…
My advice to those afraid to do the BC…Just take the leap!! I am sooo glad I did. I did not realize how much I was “hiding” behind my hair until I cut it off. I felt very nervous about going in public initially, but by day 3 I was loving it and feeling very confident. I did not transition because I knew I would punk out down the line and go back to the relaxers. I really had to take that leap and JUST DO IT. My husband was a great support and encourager (he actually cut my hair for me!), and here I am a year later!! Natural and loving it.

Original Post 10/23/10

Check out the massive growth Carnisha retained in just one year:

Motivation For The Big Choppers!
Carnisha writes:

Hi Nikki,

On 9/25/2010, I reached my 1 year natural anniversary and I was so excited! I’d like to share some pics of my journey in hopes that it will inspire others. The pics are of my BC, 10 months post, and 1 year later 🙂

Your site is fabulous, and has been such a great help!! Keep it up lady!

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  • Anonymous says:

    It's beautiful! I am scheduled for an appointment at 2pm tomorrow for my BC. I'm a little nervous because I've only let my hair grow out for 2 months, but I'm okay with a short 'do. I did it before in college and loved it. I'm praying that I don't get creamy crack withdrawals and make this my permanent transition to natural. I'm so glad I found this site!

  • BargainClipper says:

    YOU GO, GIRL! (Yes, I still watch 'Martin' LOL.)

  • Anonymous says:

    Woooow! Congratulations!

  • Carnisha says:

    Thanks ladies for all the support!! To all of you who recently did the BC, CONGRATS!!! To those of you still transitioning, keep up the good work!! It is truly a journey but soooo worth it! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I am so with you on taking the leap. I just recently BC'd on 10.22.10. I was not mentally ready for this leap but I am sooooooooooo glad I did. This will be my second time doing the BC, my first BC was 11.7.2007. and I am finding that I am loving it the second time around. My hair is healthy and stronger than ever. I am committed to staying natural.

    loving~me~natural 2010

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous! Inspiration at its best.

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is beautiful!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Carnisha?!!!WHAT'S YOUR SECRET??!!! what products do you use, what is your diet and whatis your routine???do tell!THANKS!

  • curlygem says:

    Massive, gorgeous growth after a year! Congrats on your progress.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your progress!!! I am 3 months post-BC and I can't wait until I reach my 1 year mark!

    GROW girl!!!

  • Unknown says:

    This is truly an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • modest-goddess says:

    love your hair and you are so pretty

  • GGmadeit says:

    great progress!

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  • Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful says:

    So pretty! (You and your hair!)

  • Anonymous says:

    Amazing growth, beautiful hair!!! Keep doing what you are doing…. I BC after 8 months of transitioning. I'm almost 3 months post BC. I'm looking forward to my 1 year anniversary.

  • Laleepop14 says:

    Wow that is definitely inspiration!!!!!! I big chopped after about 9, 10 months. Been natural almost 4 months… I am loving MY journey as well as others!!! Love curlynikki and being natural… Lovely growth and it looks thick and healthy…

  • JazBNatural says:

    holy cow! i wish my hair grew that fast!! lol your hair is beautiful carnisha! congrats on 1 year natural!

  • Krystal Cole says:

    I just love the support this site gives! I am 2 months into my natural hair journey, and everyday I wake up praying that some new kinky curls have sprouted underneath my satin cap! LOL!

    Way to go lady! Awesome growth! Share your routine with us!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Carnisha, you've done a great job! Keep it up.


  • PoetikMuze says:

    Carnisha you hair looks wonderful. Inspiration indeed!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    your hair is soooo cute!

  • Lady B says:

    Thanks Carnisha for sharing your journey! I'm on my way to do my BC 😉

  • Lily says:

    Wow! Truly an inspiration! Hope to have the same length went I hit the one year mark. I would like to know your regimen and especially how you dealt with the knots – I have a TWA (2 inches) and already having to deal with knots!

  • ChardaeD says:

    Carnisha– your hair looks amazing! It's definitely an inspiration. What's your routine? What do you think helped you get from your BC to the 1-year mark?

    I transitioned for about 7 or 8 months before the two textures drove me mad. I chopped all the relaxer off, and now I'm just riding the ride. Good luck with everything!

  • socialitedreams says:

    lots of pretty hair!! wow, it grew so fast


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