Well, I finally did it….. The Big Chop!! I was about 9 1/2 months into my transition. My initial plan was to wait until a full year, however I became FED UP. I was fed up with the suspense of finding out how my hair would look and feel. Fed up with having to deal with THREE textures. Not one…….not two……THREE. You see, I had began to transition from “bone-straight” relaxed hair to texlaxed hair (this is just under processed relaxed hair that still has some texture/waves). As a result of this, I ended up with bone-straight, texlaxed, and my natural new growth during my transition to natural. Talk about torture!
Wash days became unbearable and my hair tangled A LOT. So I messaged my friend Nae and told her “the time has come!” (Lol dramatic much?). We met up a few days later, along with two of my other friends and she did my chop for me. I began to experience a whole lot of mixed feelings. I was anxious and excited, but at the same time nervous and fearful. I’ve had relaxed hair since age 4, so I never got the chance to really experience my natural hair. I didn’t know how it looked, felt, behaved….. (you got the picture). Thankfully, I have the most supportive friends EVER!! So the process was smooth. We laughed and talked straight through the whole thing.
So……was it “liberating” like many have describe it to be? Heck no! (at least not for me) I stared blankly at my hair for a few seconds and my eyes started to become full. You guessed it! This big baby surely did shed a few crocodile tears for her precious locks. I had finally surpassed my hair goal of bra strap length and I had just cut it all off!!
The tears didn’t last long though. My friends actually loved it, and started cheering me up. I guess I felt a bit overwhelmed. My hair turned out to be a lot longer than expected (when stretched). I know one thing is for sure…. I don’t regret it one bit!!! I love my hair! I encourage anyone who is thinking about doing the chop to go ahead, once you are ready. It’s a life changing experience!
Feel free to share your big chop experiences. If you are planning to do the big chop, share your thoughts! Also, check out my big chop video.