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I Big Chopped- Liz

By January 27th, 202112 Comments
Meet Liz… a new natural that BC’ed on ‘The Day of Rejection’.

I Big Chopped- Liz
CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
Well it all started on a day I like to refer to as “The Day of Rejection”. I was sitting at work, about to check my application status for a top design school in Atlanta. I was so anxious, because I knew today was the verdict day. I speedily typed in my username and password, clicked “check status” and….in huge red letters, next to the word ‘Decision’, read – DENY. Nikki I wanted to crawl under a rock and stay there. Design is my life! And I had been rejected from my dream school. After running home and crying..I prayed and realized that everything happens for a reason. If I didn’t get into that school, perhaps there is a bigger reason behind it. With this epiphany in mind..a huge feeling of empowerment in my soul..and scissors in my hand, I began to hack away to my future.

CN: How have you coped with the responses from your family and friends?

My sisters LOVE my hair. I have nothing but support from them. I love them so much. (there’s seven of them!). None of them have ever done anything as extreme as this to their appearance, so I was an inspiration to them all. Now my mother on the other hand..hates it. I like to knit and crochet things, so she basically told me to make a hat, in every color and hope for the best..she even dropped a tear. Also she told me, my boyfriend should leave me for doing this to myself. Lol She’s a trip. He happens to love it. Haha, I love her still. I know it’s going to take some getting used to, but I’m sure she’ll come around. My friends threatened to harm me, but they all love it. My dad added light-heatedly that he’d always wanted another son.

CN: What are your plans for your hair?

I can’t wait to see my progress. Length is my goal. I love the versatility of having long hair. When I had a relaxer, you’d never see the same hairstyle on my head for my than two weeks. I love trying new things, and I can’t wait to experiment with my natural hair. Making sure it remains healthy is my main goal.

CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
NOPE. I’m a really simple kind of girl. I’ve never worn a ton of makeup, or jewelry. My mom always encouraged us to rock our “natural”, and to embrace what God gave us. My maintenance routine hasn’t changed significantly. I have however; found a new love for funky earrings

This is me going out with the girls, about two months before I started transitioning.I Big Chopped- Liz
Here is my trademark transition style before I BC’d.
I Big Chopped- Liz

CN: How do you keep your TWA moisturized?
I’m still experimenting with products. I’m not a PJ at all. Simplicity is my policy. So I’ve been using Cantu Shea Butter’s leave in conditioner. It seems to be working well for me.

CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style? I looovvvee Miss Jessie’s! She hasn’t done me wrong yet. It’s actually funny, before I started getting relaxers, my hair was some kind of crazy. I had no idea what a curl pattern was, or felt like for that matter. But since I BC’ed, I have this cool 4a coil. I love it! As for styling…I’m mainly focused on keeping it healthy and strong. Wash n’ Goes are my trademark at the moment.


  • Anonymous says:

    You are a beautiful woman… and you are definitely rocking your twa (just found out what that was). I hope everything works out with scad. ily alot

  • Anonymous says:

    Lovely hair! Keep that confidence. You look great! ~KF519

  • LBell says:

    SO glad to see another TWA wearer who doesn't feel she has to compensate by piling on the makeup and jewelry. When I first went natural that's what I did but it didn't last because that just wasn't my style. Yeah, I got mistaken for a boy twice…but that was it and I kept it moving.

    Glad you have a sense of humor re your mom. You look great.

  • sandy says:

    Nice hair do on you….You know I once chopped off all of my hair out of frustration and I notice great things started happening to me. I think it was because my energy and authentic self was released. I think the same will happen for you. Keep me apprised of your journey.

  • Sharmer says:

    pretty curls! I think its safe to say almost everyone uses the cantu shea butter leave in. lol

  • TheCharitableDiva says:

    Im very happy and excited for you. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And you did just that. So glad you turned a negative into a positive. Stay strong and motivated. May all your design dreams come true.

  • Alexandrea says:

    You are courageous in my eyes. I'm transitioning right now and still haven't found the courage to BC yet. So this definitely encourages me to what I can look forward to.

  • Anonymous says:

    the natural exhaudes something in you
    i'm not sure what but it's gorgeous

  • CurlySha says:

    You look beautiful with your TWA girl!! It fits you nicely and your curls are gorgeous! Congratulations!! :))

  • Unknown says:

    I love that first pic, the profile shot. The TWA is so stunning on you! Enjoy the journey. 🙂

  • Liz says:

    She's weird, I know. Funny thing is, she's natural! It's definitely the length that upset her.

  • Anonymous says:

    Why was your Mom upset if she encouraged you and your sisters to rock a "natural" and sport waht God gave you? Confusing, eh?
    Your hair looks adorable and you are beautiful a natural. Enjoy it!! It suits you well. Good luck with future plans for Design School.

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