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I Big Chopped- MapStyling

By January 27th, 202124 Comments
I Big Chopped- MapStyling


via the divas of AroundTheWayCurls

Why did you decide to big chop?
I wanted to be able to wash, comb and style my own hair.



Do you feel less feminine and sexy with your hair shorter?
I felt sexy then and I feel sexy now.

When you are having a “bad” hair day, it may be less versatile than longer hair so what do you do to save the day?
A friend of mine told me to make “bad” hair look intentional by owning it and also by wearing makeup, heels, dresses etc. So that’s what I do. In most cases, no one has ever known that I was having a “bad” hair day unless I told them.


What is your hair regimen?
I am still learning what works for my hair. I currently wash once a week or when my hair needs detangling. I also henna once a month. My styling process goes like this, add olive oil to dry hair, wash hair with Wen Cleansing Conditioner, condition hair with Pantene Curly Hair Series Deep Moisturizer, detangle while conditioner is still in with Denman brush, dry with a specialized towel, put in Mixed Chicks leave in conditioner, stretch blow dry, a twist out, then a steam shower to make my hair swell. It is a lot, I know, that’s why I only do it as needed and when I’m not tired.

I Big Chopped- MapStyling



What is your detangling process?
I only detangle when my hair is wet and overly saturated with conditioner. I section the hair off and detangle from tips to roots, sometimes I finger detangle, but the Denman brush is a time saver.


Do you put anything in your hair for styling (leave-in conditioner, gel etc)?

After washing my hair I always apply Mixed Chicks leave in conditioner. And to condition my dry hair I use Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Sheen Spray.



What is your nightly hair routine?
I don’t wrap my hair at night because it reminds me of the pressing days. So instead of wrapping, I sleep on a silk pillow case and look forward to seeing what my hair looks like in the morning. I usually wake up to some creative sculpture and will rock this ‘do for the day.

I Big Chopped- MapStyling



What is the next milestone you are excited about reaching with your hair (for example what hair style/ technique)?
I am aiming for the Erica Badu afro!



Who is your hair idol?
My mom and dad’s throwback pictures and also Solange because her hair is similar in length.


Any words of wisdom that you would like to share with the masses about natural hair?
Loving and embracing our hair starts with us and will impact them; the world the masses, the product makers . . .

I Big Chopped- MapStyling 
I Big Chopped- MapStyling

24 Comments

  • sweetpea17 says:

    sexy!!!!! work it!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    beautiful pictures!

  • Bee says:

    cute style. btw check out my new vids on dry detangling: http://www.acurlcandream.blogspot.com/2012/06/videos-dry-detangling.html
    step by step and informative

  • Anonymous says:

    *initial

  • Anonymous says:

    This post came right on time. I took my plaits out yesterday after having them in for 2 months. I had that initially shock because I hadn't seen my hair in so long and was not really "feeling it"- to me it just looked like mounds of cotton on my head. I felt insecure. In seeing this post I see that she has hair just like mine and she is rocking it! Now I feel better. Thanks! 🙂

  • kiasoul says:

    wow she looks amazing, i love her hair n style! her comment about never having a bad hair day was really interesting 2 me. in my opinion my hair didnt look its best 2day but i decided not to worry about it n just rock it out with my cute scarf n bold earrings n i got so many compliments on my hair lol thanks 4 this post 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Totally gorgeous!!!! This is my hairspiration. I was hiding my twa under some braids but after seeing this I'm taking them out!! The first pic totally looks like Lauryn Hill.

  • Anonymous says:

    All your pictures reek of confidence and beauty. One day I'll roll out of bed and go about my day with my hair as it is. One day.

  • Anonymous says:

    Before enlarging the pictures, I thought I was looking at Nia Long! Whoissugar has a video with that same color-blocked dress.

  • Annie L. says:

    "no one has ever known that I was having a “bad” hair day unless I told them" – It's Janet, Miss Jackson if you're nasty :)))))

    And um…dayum she's beautiful, what lovely, lush density! Love the "hair sculpture" comment too, I do the same thing 🙂 I go to bed with loose hair and am not worried about it at all and really like the results! Very stylish blog btw!

  • Anonymous says:

    WOWZA!!!! That first pic had me hooked. OMG!! I am going to upgrade my flyness after my walk tonight. I think we have a similar texture, but my hair is too long in the back to get the exact look of the top pic. I'm going to give it a shot though. OMG!!!!! Do I need to re-join twitter to keep up with her?! So pretty.

  • Anonymous says:

    Peace/Blessings (Bella) Love it,beautiful

  • Anonymous says:

    LOVE IT!!!!

  • The Curly Oenophile says:

    This lady is pretty fly! I love her hair and her style. Just gorgeous!!!

  • Pecancurls says:

    Beautiful lady and beautiful hair. Love your style.

  • Anonymous says:

    GORG!!

  • Anonymous says:

    How do I submit one of these to curly nikki?

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! Clothes, hair and body. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    That chunky fro just screams FABULOUS!!! I love it!

  • Anonymous says:

    She rocks! Love her hair the short hair is gorgeous on her and feminine, not masculine. I love that she owns it all the way good or bad hair days.

    Megan Montgomery

  • Rashida Thompson says:

    LOVE IT! That color block dress is EVERYTHING.

  • krenea says:

    BEAUTY beyond words! Please dish on where you purchased the 3 beautiful dresses!

  • TMS says:

    Fierce and absolutely gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your Afro it's so cute & textured & I really like your style of dressing so vintage.

    Brooke B.

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