CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
S: When making the decision I was reflecting on a conversation with my sweet seven year old and her desire to learn more about her natural curls. I was thinking of my new hobby of running. I was thinking of the money I could save by avoiding the salon weekly. At no point did I think, “boy, this will really help me improve my self-concept”, but that is exactly what happened and I am so grateful!
When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
November 17, 2010 – Initially, I was very nervous but when I looked in the mirror after the cut, the biggest smile appeared. I felt amazing. I felt empowered. I felt beautiful. I still feel amazing. I am more confident then I have ever been in my life.
How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
The only person I was truly worried about was my husband. He was very supportive of my natural journey but not exited about the idea of me having such short hair. He loves long hair. I made sure I prepared him as much as possible before I did the big chop and to both our surprise, he loved the new look. As far as the rest of my family and friends I have only had positive reactions and support. I think that they were nervous for me but love the outcome.
What are your plans for your hair?
I plan to grow my TWA as long as it will grow.
Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
I do ‘doll up’ more however I think the desire to doll up comes from the fact that I feel beautiful and feminine and I just want to play it up as much as possible. I have been playing with eye shadows to bring out my eyes more (before I never wore any make up). I have also turned into an earring junkie!
How do you keep it moisturized?
Carol Daughters Tui Hair Smoothie, Miss Jessie’s Baby Butter Cream
What products and techniques do you use to style?
I am using Curls Goddess Curls, Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste, & MJ Curly Meringue. I style daily.
You look awesome! congrats!
Looking good! ~KF519
I'm blushing from all of the compliments. You truly know how to make a girl feel good 😉 but seriously I am truly touched. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I truly feel amazing and hope that my story will give others – that want to – the courage to embrace their curls. I'm still learning and loving every minute. But please share any and all advice for this newbie! I'm all ears…or eyes. 🙂
Tiffany, I am a graduate of the great Alcorn – 1997-2001. When were you there? Were we there together? Same friends?
You are gorgeous and your hair is super cute!
Hi Shavon, Did you attend Alcorn State University? If so, I was very surprised to see someone I know featured on CurlyNikki.
You look great!
You look beautiful!! I look forward to watching your hair journey in the future!! I haven't tried Carol's Daughter yet I'll have to try this out soon!!
I am truly happy for my big cousin, she have always been beautiful and an inspiration to all. If this new great look has make her feel more empowered, I am truly excited for a person I see as a role model. Continue with your amazing journey!!!
Tiki when I saw you at the game I was wondering if you had gone natural or not. Its beautiful. Thats surprising for me to say because most of the naturals that I see are so WRONG!!!!!, but I LOVE your hair. I guess my saying is true you gotta have the right kinda face (thats my opinion) to be a cute natural. Girl you have that face. I LOVE IT.
You are so right about how empowering it has been. I couldn't agree more AND your hair looks great!
Shavon, you look great! I would like to see it a year later after it's grown! I know it'll be lovely.
Thank you! I'm enjoying this journey and looking forward to learning so much more from each of you. Thank you Nikki as well for the daily inspiration.
Love your big chop style. Congratulations!
Welcome to the natural side – you look absolutely beautiful!
she looks stunning! its a big step to big chop! great spot light!