via Leon of the The Big Natural Hair Project
I did my big chop on January 3, 2011. At first I was indecisive and comfortably in “half relaxer, half natural” stage. For weeks, I kept having second thoughts because I was afraid of how it would look and if I’d like it. One day, I woke up and said to my boyfriend “Lets go chop it RIGHT NOW!”. We went to the barber shop, and I kept that energy the entire time. Otherwise, I would have talked myself out of it again. As my hair was being cut, all I kept saying to myself was “I can’t believe I’m doing this right now…”I’m not going to look in the mirror until he’s done cutting it off”…”OMG, I’m going to look like a boy”…and my final words (because there was no turning back) was “F*** it! I’m going to own it!” The great part about the experience is that I had a lot of support during the chop, which gave me even more confidence.
I love my natural look! I can’t keep my hands out of my hair, I can’t wait to see how it grows and I’m having so much fun experimenting.
How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
What are your plans for your hair (do you plan to grow it out, keep it short)?
Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
If so, what are your favorite accessories, or go to ways to glam up your look?
How do you keep it moisturized?
What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
How do you preserve your curls at night?