An Impromptu Hair Chop Changed My Outlook On Hair Health

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This past Saturday I had the awesome idea to straighten my hair. I haven’t pulled out a flat iron since that time I attempted to wear my TWA straight for my sister’s wedding back in 2014, which was ultimately a fail.

Anywho, I honestly wanted to try something different with my hair and, not to mention, a good length check would be the inspiration I needed to continue on this natural hair journey which admittedly has been a love hate relationship.

As I straightened it I loved the fact that I could feel my hair lightly brushing the tops of my shoulder blades. My hair hasn’t been this long since 2009 before I chopped into a pixie.

The length was great, however, I couldn’t help but notice frazzled ends. Yes, super dry and not holding any curl once I raked a comb or a brush through it.

WTF! I said in utter confusion as I stared at myself in the mirror. My grand plan turned out to be a mistake.

I mean, I do regular trims, I follow a good health haircare plan, and I ensure that I deep condition regularly. How are my ends so terrible?

As I took a step closer to the mirror I noticed the clear line of demarcation where I had once colored my hair blonde and then dyed it back to brown which was obviously fading. The color was the culprit.


Though I didn’t bleach my hair, I knew the risks of using a chemical hair dye to physically alter the cortex of my strands and knew the possibility of damage. The damage that I couldn’t see when my hair was in its curly state was well apparent now.

At this point, I had two options: chop or just revert back to curls and carry on as usual as if nothing happened.

I ultimately decided to go with the former and rid myself of the horrible “frazzledness” that I knew would continue to haunt me.

The only thing was I was staring at about 2-3 full inches that I needed to chop. The pain!

Those who are on a journey towards hair growth know the frustration of having to chop off inches that you worked so hard to gain.

I grabbed the scissors and started snipping. Tears started to build up in my eyes as I looked at the pile of hair on the floor and vowed to never color my hair again.

A couple of days later I washed my hair and went back to my curly fro. I noticed a big difference in my hair. Not only the obviously shortened length, but also the feel and look of my coils.

They looked and felt…well, healthier! I even got a ton of compliments from my coworkers so obviously, the change was a noticeably positive one.

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About Vanessa


Hi! I'm Vanessa! I'm a 26 year old natural. Making the decision to go natural has been one of the greatest decisions in my life. It has boosted my self confidence and has given me a way to express myself through the hair God has blessed me with. I had my last relaxer in Dec of 2013 and big chopped Aug of 2014 and there's no turning back! I now share my journey with tutorials and tips that work for me through my youtube platform and my blog in hopes of helping other naturalistas in their journey to natural.

About Vanessa


Hi! I'm Vanessa! I'm a 26 year old natural. Making the decision to go natural has been one of the greatest decisions in my life. It has boosted my self confidence and has given me a way to express myself through the hair God has blessed me with. I had my last relaxer in Dec of 2013 and big chopped Aug of 2014 and there's no turning back! I now share my journey with tutorials and tips that work for me through my youtube platform and my blog in hopes of helping other naturalistas in their journey to natural.

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Andrea Stuckey

The more a woman cuts other hair the slower the hair growth but we must get a hair trim no more than one half of an inch or less.

Savvy Stilettos Chromemc

Trims help ur hair grow show faster. If u have no split ends u will see ALL ur hair growth. There is no limit to how much u must trim. U trim what is needed or u don’t see the growth.