When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
When I first did the Big Chop it was a total impulse decision. My 8 year old whom I just transitioned back to natural was having a hard time embracing her natural coils. She wanted flat shiny hair like mommy. So at that moment, I decided, and found myself at the barber shop the next day getting it cut off so that our hair could be the same. And who better than myself to teach her and show her that ‘your hair doesn’t have to be straight to be pretty’, than me, her Mother! I’ve styled her hair in braid outs and twist outs and a headband and she now loves her hair! And once mine was cut I was in Love too! Where has this cuteness been all my life! The journey is becoming a little harder now though trying to find products my hair likes. It’s super duper dry. So right now we’re just trying to find each other.
How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
Response from my family and friends wasn’t so bad. I change styles and color a lot, but I think the brush cut may have been a little dramatic for some who thought I was going through a lifestyle change. Other than that, I’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback.
What are your plans for your hair (do you plan to grow it out, keep it short)?
I definitely plan on growing my hair out. I’ve been wearing my hair short for a while now and I just think it’s about time to grow it back out long. Especially seeing the women rocking their natural hair the way they do… I absolutely cant wait ’til I get lots of length!
Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
Well, I think dolled up was already kinda my style. I don’t really do anything extra.
How do you keep it moisturized?
I have a spray bottle with water and evoo that I spray my hair with daily, sometimes twice. Once or twice a week, I do a deep conditioner over night to keep the brillo head away.
What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
Right now I don’t do a lot of styling. I don’t have that much to work with. I pretty much just do wash and go’s. I use L’Oreal Curl Defining Gel to style my Mohawk or sometimes it’s tightly curled and looks like a fro. I may co-wash and restyle every 2-3 days.
Currently I’m trying out the curly girl method trying to help combat the dryness/brillo head. It seems to be working well with assistance from the L’Oreal Curl Defining Gel. I like the L’Oreal because it keeps my hair kinda soft. I like touching my hair!