As my hair stylist cut off all my hair I was beyond shocked and resolved that I couldn’t turn back now!! I had many things running through my head to process. I had new color, super short hair and tiny curls all over my head! We began to play around with it and proceeded to style with some gel and curl activator I had purchased.
I was still in my shock phase processing all this new goodness. As my hair stylist sent me on my way to this new natural world that I was so unfamiliar with I began to understand the change I had just made, the big step I had just taken.
When I arrived home I literally ran into the bedroom to show my husband and said OMG I look like a boy, a cute boy! He reassured me that wasn’t the case and he really liked it and it’s just hair it will grow back.
He was so right. Was I just making a big deal over nothing or was it just so unfamiliar it would take time? I will say now looking back on my BC decision and experience it was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself. I was free not only from relying on my relaxer but the crippling mindsets I had about natural hair in general.
I was very thankful to my hair stylist of many years for helping me through this process and would highly recommend going to a professional to get your BC.
Also, prior to my BC I had done so much research on transitioning, the big chop, different hair textures and products galore. I watched video after video on YouTube and read articles until I was blue in the face and just like you would if you were going to college to learn and perfect your skills before entering the work force.
I challenged myself to do the same before making the decision to BC so I would know what I was getting myself into and be prepared. Now, even though I did a lot of research I still made mistakes and will continue to, that is just part of being a natural and human.
This phase of my journey definitely took some time for me to mentally process and get used to especially working with such an unfamiliar texture.
I had to revisit all I had learnt about relaxed hair and reprogram my brain to now to care for natural hair. Should you return natural? Or even BC?! I don’t know nor is it for me to decide for you. Fo your research and decide what route is best for you to take.
My goal here is to share my personal experience and maybe in doing so shed some light on helping you make the best decision for you. Let us not let fear keep us from trying something new! Do you think the Big Chop is for you? Comment below!