The Big Chop
When I went natural I had all intentions of chronicling my journey here. Fast forward some 7 months and well long story short life got in the way and I never did get around to it. So here goes.
My big chop was done on July 14, 2012 after 7 months of transitioning. I had planned to wait until a year or so of transitioning before big chopping but the two textures were driving me crazy. I had resorted to braids to help with the transition, but I think I’m allergic to synthetic hair and not even pre-soaking in vinegar was relieving my scalp of the itching.
After the second set of braids I’d had enough and made a rather spontaneous decision to free myself of the distress. I was ready to big chop….or so I thought. After “making” the decision and scheduling my appointment with my stylist, I went through a series of “panic” sessions. I’d stand in front of the mirror trying to visualize a TWA. I’d be lying if I said it was an easy process for me because I’d never worn short hair since being a toddler. I went to my stylist accompanied by my hubbie and she proceeded to “chop”. Braid by braid she snipped and snipped until all the relaxed ends were removed. I sat in front of the mirror for the entire time so I could see my hair being transformed. As the hair fell to the floor and the shape of my TWA began to emerge I felt at peace with my decision. I had paniced during the week prior for no reason. This TWA-thing wasn’t so bad! In fact dare I say I kinda liked it. I was happy!