The Big Chop
I wasn’t always a Naturalista it took over 10 years before I decided to do the big chop. The big chop is when you cut out all the chemically processed or heat damaged hair to go fully natural. It was a long process of deliberation between me and my soul before I ventured into Jane B Natural Beauty Shop. I did hours of searching online for styles, reading up on blogs, and asking advice from friends. I was stressed out because I was ready for change but societal standards of beauty had me question whether I was making the right decision or a mistake.
Standards of Beauty
These standards made me doubt my choice in wanting to go natural. My first worry was my job and how they would react to my hair in its original state. As a department head how I look each day is important. Could my hairstyle possibly cause me not to get a promotion or raise? Some of us have read blog posts and heard stories about how individuals were treated negatively when they went natural. My decision to could cause me to succumb to the same fate. I also thought about my family and friends who were used to seeing my shoulder length blown out hair.
I wasn’t sure if they would say they loved it or ask me why did I do that? Out of all the standards of beauty, hair is definitely one of the most important ones.
Taking The Plunge
I had to look within self and ask why I cared so much about what people thought about my hair. At the end of the day, the only person I needed to satisfy was myself. I walked into Jane’s shop and told her I was ready. Jane confirmed 5 times before she did the big chop! And I have never looked back. Since my big chop, I have been blond, red, purple, and I keep going shorter and shorter.
Check out my transformations by clicking on the links below:
So, if you are thinking about doing the big chop remember your hair will grow back. Don’t worry if you don’t like it I am sure you can find some lovely hats or headscarves to assist you with the transition. I would love to hear about your decision to do or not to do the big chop by commenting below. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Instagram.