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Inspiration for Big Choppers

By January 27th, 202124 Comments
Check out Janeezy01’s growth from 2005-2008!

For those of you that BC’ed and are now at shoulder length or beyond, what got you there?

CN Responds:

I never BC’ed, but I owe my retention to frequent deep treatments, gentle handling, a few stints of protective styles (to help me get past shoulder length), henna, and stretching my hair (with twists, braids, knots, and rollers).


  • Anonymous says:

    lovely hair. this is really an inspiration for those of us transitioning as well!!!

  • Wigs says:

    You look so fierce! I wish my hair could easily grow so I can do something like this. For the meantime, I will enjoy a similar 'do with my wigs on! 😛

  • Anonymous says:

    Now THAT is inspiration!!!

  • Kenya says:

    reeeeally nice(:

  • SaBrina says:

    Check out this style I just came across it while viewing the site, it's a good style for transitioners to use and full naturals.

  • Anonymous says:

    Transitined 6 months and BC'd in Feb 2009. By Feb 2010 I had hair past my collarbone. I got a blowout (be careful with these!) and the heat damage caused bad breakage but now it's armpit length when straightened.

    I had an intense vitamin regimen for the first year.
    Protein (in food and in henna/conditioners) was important too.
    Used heat only twice per year (for trims).
    I also detangle by hand and massage my scalp with a tea tree/grapeseed/jojoba oil mixture.

    From March 10 until now my hair has grown 5.5-6 inches (I have a demarcation line bc of the blowout). My hair would've been right at my um…boobies without the blowout damage (seriously, be careful with those).

    And control the product junkie. A ton of creams and whatnot are just NOT necessary.

  • Anonymous says:

    her hair is awesome!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is a great video! I love the diverse hairstyles!

  • Unknown says:

    Your twists outs, braid outs, puffs, everything looks really lovely! I need to start taking more pics to chronicle my growth. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, nice hair! I BC'd 4 years ago and am now at BSL. I cowash, detangle from ends to root, and try to keep it moisturized with conditioner/water spritz or shea butter or coconut oil. As far as styling I've done coils, two strand twists, coil outs, twist outs, puffs and wash and go's. ~KF519

  • kimmie0810 says:

    Anonymous 12:54–my hair is weird. I went to a natural salon the other day & neither stylist knew what to do with my hair. When I did my BC it was "faded" so that the back is shorter than the top that has 8in. If it was that length all over I might be able to do more.

    Plus, the texture & curl pattern are not helpful for styling at this length. Twists do not hold. Sets are really loose & floppy or really tight. It's just odd & difficult to work with. My friend is going to help me play around with bobby pins & tuck combs so at least I can pin it in different ways even if I can't achieve a nice twist/braid out or 2 strand twists right now.

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  • Yam84 says:

    Beautiful! Initially, I decided I would BC after 6 inches of new growth or 1 year of transitioning but now I realize that I dont' have to BC at all really! I am excited.

    Janeezy, your hair is beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    I really enjoyed the vid. The braid out and that side pin-up with the braids were my faves.

  • Sharmer says:

    I love her hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    @kimmie0810-thats interesting that you say you have no styling options. i have about the same lenght of hair that you do and i have plenty of styling options. if you need some, youtube is a great resource.

    to the author – i bc'd in June of this year. my hair grows a little over 0.5 inch a month. when i cut my hair, i had about 3 inchs. now i'm around 7.

    i found that twistouts were my friend. washing once or twice a week with condish (yes to cucumbers) or nonsulfate poo (trader joe tea tree). i also trim via the search/destroy method or dusting, whenever my ends get scraggly and don't want to curl. also, i haven't applied heat since i bc'd. i've also had a weave here and there, making sure the install was done on fresh washed protein conditioned hair by a braider who doesn't pull my hair.

    no major chops after the bc and i've retained most of my length.

  • kimmie0810 says:

    I love her hair!! Really cute styles.

    I BC'd in January (to about 1.5in on top & shorter on the sides & in back)& then for some strange reason when I went for a trim in May she "thought" I still had some relaxer & cut my hair (to about 3-4in)instead of trimming it. SMH. So now I have about 7.5-8in of hair that's really healthy, but my styling options are NON-EXISTENT!

    It seems I'm growing about.5in per month from the length I've achieved & watching my henna grow out on my greys lol. I don't manipulate my hair much. I don't co-wash as frequently as I used to either. I just leave it alone. I KEEP a scarf or satin bonnet on my head when I'm in the house & certainly never sleep w/o one. I have blow-dried my hair twice & maxi-glided once since I BCd–so no heat.

    I'm just waiting for next summer when I have some length to work with and get creative.

  • AppleHead131 says:

    whoa!! her hair is bomb!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    great growth…what is your regimen????-*hugs*

  • Anonymous says:

    Her hair f'n ROCKS! I love the diversity of the styles.

  • ckisland says:

    I BC'd 3 years ago after 10 weeks of transitioning, so I had 0.5-1 inch of natural hair on my head starting out. What's gotten me to my current length (BSB) is frequent cowashes,low manipulation, and keeping my hair moisturized. I can't do the usual protective styles of braids and twists because they cause my ends to tangle and knot togther. For short periods of time I've done bunning, but overall, my hair stays loose.

  • Sojo says:

    Beautiful! I've always been a believer of having "visuals" for my hair journey. This is great for those just starting their transition and/ or those hoping to seek and retain more length. Great post!

  • The Chocolate Loveliness That Is Fraña says:

    I did my BC one day after my wedding, September 26, 2010. Since then, I have noticed some serious growth. My little T.W.A. is getting bigger and healthier. 🙂 I wash once a week with Elucence Moisture Balance shampoo. I condition around 2x/week either Elucence or Garnier Fructis Triple Conditioner. I love Natures Gate Aloe conditioner, water, jojoba, & Vitamin E oil in a water bottle as a leave in. I use honey and coconut oil mixed in my conditioners as deep conditioners in the summer months (I live in Tempe, AZ so yeah it's dry and very hot!). I have been using olive oil & Vitamin E with my Natures Gate during the winter months. I have a mix bottle that has olive oil, jojoba, & Vitamin E in it for my scalp and I've noticed an awesome change in how my scalp feels. I wear my satin scarf every night. I also do henna treatments once a month. (Henna treatment: Henna, cinnamon, warm water, olive oil, conditioner. Leave it on for 2 or more hours then rinse. Use Suave Tropical Coconut conditioner to get all the henna out. Then style as usual.) 🙂 I try to keep things simple for my hair so it gets the nourishment it needs. My hair feels like so soft and poofy, I love it!

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