Big Chop Date: November 10, 2009
Length of Transition: 4 months
Why I decided to go natural: In 2007 I had a pixie cut, so I figured why not? My 2nd big chop took place in Nov. 2009 (1st in Feb. 2009) after heat damage from straightening my hair. I have decided it’s healthier, I enjoy the use of natural oils, the smells, etc…the bottom line is I’ve just fallen in love with my hair in its natural state! :)
Big Chop Date: May 17th
Why did you decide to go natural?: I had just gotten Invisalyn braces and loving what they were during to my teeth so that begin to inspire me to work on other things my diet, my hair, etc. I’ve always been an afro centric chica, when I say afro centric I mean a cultural lover. I always wore a lot of braids and also sew ins. I just woke up and said I’m going natural, so I washed and conditioned my hair which most of it was natural but I had permed hair throughout the natural hair. I hesitated for a few days if I was going to cut it myself or see a barber. I did lots of research and watched lots of YouTube videos (including yours) during research on where and what products I need to use to grow and maintain my healthy hair. On May 17th, I went to a well known barber across the street from my job and paid $15 for a haircut, which is a great savings for me who spend hundreds on braids, Senegalese twist and sewn ins. I’ve done a lot of research and tried several products and fell in LOVE with my natural kinky hair. Almost 7 months natural and it’s so healthy, full and as soft as cotton.
Big Chop Date: May 14 2010
Length of Transition: 1 month and a half
Why you decided to go natural: I hated the process of relaxing my hair, and I found my hair was very damaged and weak because of the chemicals being put into my hair. I’ve always wanted to become natural again but I was too impatient to transition and too scared to BC until one day I said who cares what other people think, it will all be worth it in the end! And it definitely was… hands down the best decision I have ever made for my hair. I love being natural! I think every black woman should be natural if they aren’t already, it’s awesome! :)
Big Chop Date: August 16, 2009
Length of Transition: 15 months (ridiculous, I know)
Why you decided to go natural: I got tired of the hassle dealing with relaxers. My hair had become SO thin and brittle, I was experiencing an enormous amount of breakage. I just decided to get rid of all the drama and start my healthy hair journey! I’m extremely happy and I’m never turning back. I’ll be hitting bra-strap length very soon! :)
Big Chop Date: May 19, 2010
Length of Transition: I didn’t transition. I was ready to chop it all off.
Why I Decided to Go Natural: I went natural because the no-lye relaxer I used kept causing damage to my hair. I had to get my hair cut in short cute styles, and when I would decide to grow it back out within months my hair would break all over again. It was becoming a cycle of cutting and growing my hair because of damage. I was so tired of damaging my hair, so I spontaneously cut it all off, and I have loved every moment since. No turning back ever. I Love “MY” Hair!! :-)
Big Chop Date: September 14th, 2010
Length of Transition: Less than 2 months
Why you decided to go natural: I have a little girl who is about to turn 2, and I want her to love her hair. Also, I had some areas that thinned drastically due to medication and didn’t fill back in 7 years after discontinuing medication. I figured laying chemicals on that area every 6-8 weeks wasn’t helping, so decided to transition to natural.
Big Chop Date: 10/23/2010
Length of Transition: 6 months
Why you decided to go natural: I wanted to return to my natural hair texture, and God didn’t make a mistake when he created my hair
These photos represent my hair one month before the Big chop, and the second picture represents one month after the big chop