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Big Chop 2018

Updated: Aug 8, 2019

Ever since moving to Florida from Tennessee it was very hard for me to find a GOOD African American hairstylist that actually understands the chemistry of hair and how to take care of it. Living in Nashville with my dad, I was lucky that he found a good hairstylist who has been seeing be regularly until my arrival to Orlando. After 3 years of unsuccessful attempts to locate a hairstylist who did my hair as well as my hairstylist in Tennessee, I decided to officially separate myself from my damaged hair. Unlike other breakups this one was easy. It was one I was looking forward to, literally could not wait. It all happened the morning of June 2, 2018. My friends and I were going on a beach trip. I bought a razor and showed up to my friend's home and asked them to shave my head. Of course none of us are barbers, so we youtube'd the process of how to shave a head. Unfortunately that did not work out, and before messing up on my cut, we took a trip to the local barber to play it safe. After 30 minutes and $12, I was officially a #baldie. That was by far the quickest and cheapest salon visit I have ever experienced and it was reassurance that I just might like this natural hair journey I am about to par take on.

Living in Florida is not easy with natural hair. I tried it before and ended up relaxing it. However, I shaved my head instead of just growing out my perm because I wanted to start from scratch. I didn't want to damage my hair any further by trying to maintain half relaxed hair and half natural hair. For some it works out, for me and my 4c hair, that would not be the case. My plan is to just "fro it out", in my interpretation this means, no hair salon trips, no chemicals, no excessive styling. Just a weekly co-wash, everyday moisturizer and Jamaican black castor oil is what I will be using for the first couple months. As my fro increases in length I will add more products to my daily hair routine to protect my hair from Florida's aggressive humidity. For now, I keep it simple.

I decided to start this blog and document my journey so that I can share my progress with other girls like me who are interested in a big chop, but have their doubts as I did mine. Surfing the web for videos and inspiration on individuals that had the same hair type as mine with a big chop was not the easiest. It then became my personal mission to provide a reference for those, like me, with 4c hair needing direction. Every month I will talk about the progress made in my natural hair journey


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