I know people have many reasons for why they did the Big Chop. But my personal experience was horrible! Lol The shock of it mostly. And the mental adjustment. This is a huge step for me since this has been mentally challenging. So onto the first obvious question….
Why did I BIG CHOP? **Disclaimer!! I have been natural since 2007, but I was a flat iron addict. And YouTube wasn’t popping with natural hair advice like in recent years. Hence, my experience of my first, AND LAST, Big Chop. Ok back to the story.
I decided for 2016 I would not use anymore heat and I was excited at first because I was on my “Poca” journey to Waist length and it was going well too. One setback during it. But when June hit and I saw the huge difference in my flat ironing over the years versus the heat free hair, I would get annoyed when I co-washed my hair. IT WAS NOT CUTE. Like I couldn’t go to the pool or beach and feel cute with a bush that had long tentacles. July came and I said grab them scissors girl. And I did. the tentacles had to go. They were weren’t even waving up. And I hadn’t relaxed my hair since 2007. So bye bye heat hair went.
I commend anyone who did this and loved it. It mentally wasn’t for me. Halfway through the process I started crying like I was in mourning. And I was! Lol My Poca challenge was different ended and all I kept saying was “I’m bald.” The big chop photo was taken about 3 hours after the I cut it off. My eyes were puffy and it took me two hours to stop crying. lol anyway……
What has the Big Chop been like for me? Well 6 months later, I am here and I’m just coming to terms with my hair and it’s just now starting to grow on me. I’ve had the biggest challenge with confidence for the most part, and I am pretty confident, with my shortness. Whenever I would tried wigs as a protective style, I was over it after a couple of weeks. So I just stick to old faithful. I keep my hair pinned up for the most part. And I let it out when I am feeling a bit feisty!
If I had to do this all over again though, I would trim a bit at time until it was all heat free. So I just say do what makes you happy. And if your gut is screaming don’t do it, DON’T. Hehe My hair journey just hit a reset, but I am still on my “Poca” journey, the heat free edition. let’s say a prayer. Amen.