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Sonja’s Spontaneous Big Chop!

By January 27th, 202119 Comments

Sonja's Spontaneous Big Chop! Dear Nikki,

I just BC’ed! OMG, I can’t believe it!

I didn’t plan to… I had been transitioning for 16 months, and had no intentions on chopping until I reached my desired length. I recently found a natural hair salon and made an appointment for a rod set. During the visit, I said, ‘why not?! I am ready to meet my real hair—take it off!’

I did have some heat damage so it’s much shorter than I expected. But I have always had the belief that it is just hair….it will grow! Other than my sister and my husband, you were the next person on my list to contact!

I went from shoulder to this today! I love your site! I truly have nervous excitement! I really did it!

The pic above is of me at home an hour after my chop!

Later Gator, lol!

Any other spontaneous big choppers out there? Any other ladies with plans to big chop this month?


  • Jessica says:

    I did my BC a little over 3 weeks ago, and I love it! I decided to go natural after realizing my hair was so damaged from getting relaxers since I was 3 years old. So after taking down my braids, I went to a salon and told them to take it all off!! I couldn't be more excited! At first, I was nervous about what people would say, but so far all reactions have been supportive! Thanks Curlynikki and all the others on this site for the support and motivation to get my hair back to the way it was meant to be!

  • Anonymous says:

    It was my 4 year anniversary of being in the military and i was just having a conversation with my boyfriend about how much i hated getting relaxers so with about 5 weeks of new growth. He cut it all off and i feel amazing.

  • LBell says:

    "It is just hair…it will grow!"

    I have wanted to put those words on a billboard for YEARS…

    Including my first BC, I have BC'd 5 times in my long natural life. Each and every single time, my hair grew back. Yours will too.

    In the meantime, ROCK IT! You look gorgeous. Congratulations!

  • Annie L. says:

    You look fabulous! Amazing, all the replies about recent BCs.

    I just loved "Other than my sister and my husband, you were the next person on my list to contact!" – Too cute!

  • dv9mrsm says:

    I've been transitioning for 14 months. I'm BCing Wednesday. I'm excited and nervous but ready to see the results!

  • Anonymous says:

    I did! On March 7th after transitioning [post relaxer] 15 1/2 months! <3
    I was about … 3 months earlier than my NEW plan, 6-8 months earlier than my ORIGINAL plan. LOL

  • Ara says:

    My mom transitioned for 6 months and planned her big chop for April 8 and she randomly asked for me to cut the relaxed ends off last night. She was so cute dancing in the bathroom afterwards lowland she did her first wash n go this morning. I'm so jealous, I'm transitioning for at least another year.

  • Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to you. It looks great. I hope you wear it with confidence because it is very becoming of you.

    Your "natural" sista
    Allnatural1 (A.K.A. Michelle in TX)

  • Kenda says:

    I BC'd Sunday night….. I'd been transitioning with weaves and braids for 9 months, and on Sunday, I decided to take out my micro braids with INTENTIONS on getting them redone. Welp….. after I was done taking down, I proceeded to wash but did not detangle properly FIRST. The result was tons of tangles, knots, rasta-sized clumps of hair….no product worked. I was forced to cut my hair in my bathroom. I had no clue what I was doing and I cried and cut for 1 hour. Ughhh, still upset. The shape is a uneven mess! I had to break up with good old-faithful wig to go to work this morning.

    I don't know if I have "scab hair" because my hair is wiry and super tight….no products seem to effect certain areas.

  • melmarie says:

    Twelve days and counting until my BC! I will be 12 months post next Monday and I'm ready to let these straight ends go!

  • @Naturally_free says:

    OmG! I just did the same thing yesterday! Only it wasn't the "big chop," it was more of a mini chop! Like 4inches of the relaxed hair! I had just finished doing an protein egg conditioner that didn't work to well on my hair so I rewashed and while I had the shampoo in, I put my hair like the kid from sandlot and chopped it off!it was such a spur of the moment thing! I didn't realize what I did until I looked at it and even then it was like "oh well" and I just shrugged my shoulders. I'm getting really anxious to finish it off though, I'm in my 11th month transition. The only thing that kept me from going all the way was the fact that I had work this morning and I had no one to touch me up and make it neat!

  • Anonymous says:

    Sonja, you look great!
    I spontaneously bc'd this past Friday! I had also planned to grow my hair out until I reached my desired length (I transitioned for 13 months, had planned to transition until my hair was at least shoulder length). I still can't believe I did it. I feel like I am starting from scratch with getting to know my hair. I have a lot to learn, and am already (in 3 days time) becoming a pj!!!

  • consciouskinksandcurls says:

    Sounds like you just told my BC story, Only I had been transitioning for 6 months. You look amazing!

  • Onebydesign says:

    Sonja I agree with all the others, you look AMAZING!

    Yes I spontaneously bc'd, once I made the decision to go natural on 5/29/2010, I grabbed the scissors and clippers that day and cut it all off and have never looked back :o)

  • KC says:

    very pretty(:

  • TMS says:


    You look absolutely beautiful!

    The chair you're sitting in is fabulous.

  • Wendy says:

    You are gorgeous!! Love it! Work that hair lovely!! 😀

  • Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful woman. You look amazing! Rock it!

  • Latoya says:

    When I big chopped in October, I was so fed up that I called my hairdresser and headed there straight after work.

    My hair was originally cut in a Rihanna cut and with 5.5 months of new growth…it just wasn't working anymore. I started to randomly hack away at my hair; I finally decided to see a professional for the full chop.

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