My Big Chop

So I can finally say that I am fully #TeamNatural! After transitioning for 1 year and 10 months I finally decided to cut off the last of my relaxed ends. My plan was to big chop once I reached the 2 year mark so that I would have enough length to still wear buns and style my hair the way I wanted to. But the last few months my hair was breaking severely and detangling my hair on wash days became so stressful. I had tried deep conditioning and moisturising more often, but I was still losing a lot of hair every time I washed it. A natural hair page I follow on Instagram were doing an advice session in their stories so I told her about the amount of breakage I was experiencing and she suggested cutting my hair as soon as possible… and she was right! My hair looks and feels so much healthier post big chop.

 

I chose to cut my hair myself as I wanted to be alone and feel comfortable, I wasn’t sure how I would feel after cutting it, if I would like the way my hair looked, if I feel any different about myself or my hair. But as I was cutting my hair I didn’t really feel anything to be honest, I just wanted to get it done.  I did my first wash and go, and after so many years of relaxing my hair it was so satisfying to see the different textures and curl patterns in my hair. I would say that I have 4a hair at the top and the nape, then the rest is a combination of 4b and 4c curl patterns .

 

It’s been almost 2 months since I big chopped and I have no regrets, in terms of daily styling and night time routines it’s been easier than I thought. I tend to wear one hairstyle for the whole week, so whether it’s a bun, a puff or whatever that determines how I will sleep with my hair at night to make it quicker the next day. My hair is currently collar bone length when stretched and my next goal is to reach armpit length.

 

The first photo shows my texture after I shampooed my hair

The second photo is an old wash and go, I used the Coil Defining Jelly by As I am

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Hair Journey… Transitioning struggles

The last time I relaxed my hair was February 2017, so it’s now been 1 year and 9 months of trying to grow out my hair. I chose to transition over doing a big chop as I’ve had shoulder length to armpit length hair for most of my life, I didn’t want to jump to a TWA as I don’t think it would suit me. It seemed like too drastic a change for me.

 

Overall transitioning hasn’t been as difficult as I expected, the hardest part was when I got to about 10 – 11months in. I was really struggled with styling my hair because of the 2 different textures. I had too much regrowth for a weave (I don’t use hair straightness anymore) but wearing braids was beginning to affect my hair line so I had been wearing my hair up in a bun most days. Some days my hair just did not want to cooperate and I would end up in the bathroom for ages extremely frustrated and fed up. One wash day my hair had tangled so much I spent an hour detangling, after that I booked an appointment to go get my hair relaxed! Fortunately (or unfortunately at the time!) the hair salon had an issue with the water pipes and they had no running water that day so my appointment was cancelled… I took that as a sign to keep going!

After some time I found products that worked for my hair and made wash day so much easier. I think my hair has type  4a, 4b and probably some 4c textures, but I have no idea about my porosity! The back of my hair is pretty much all natural now, some I cut myself out of curiosity and some of it broke off. It’s mainly the front section of my hair which still has a lot of straight ends left,  I’m planning to cut it all off when I reach the 2 year mark. I could cut it sooner, but I would prefer to wait for the front of my hair to catch up with the back in terms of length.

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Would love to hear your hair journey stories, did you transition or big chop straight away?