Drum roll please!!! Today, May 12, 2012, marks the one year anniversary of my big chop (BC) after transitioning for four months!!! I have made so much progress in this one year journey it is unbelievable! When I first cut my hair, I had all of two inches of new growth and was not feeling my short hair! After I cut my hair, I sat in the living room looking in the mirror at my hair and contemplating putting in some kinky twists. The thought of going to work with my “new” short look was not jiving with me and I caved in to putting in the kinky twists.
I put the twists in my hair with the hopes of leaving them in for a couple of months. However, after two weeks of excessive itching, braids falling out, and an interview that I had, the braids came out and never put back in. I still have the hair I bought and may put the twists back in later in the year.
Eventually, I came to love my short hair and began experimenting with different hairstyles that would be quick and simple. For most of my hair journey, I wore my hair pulled back in a puff. Most people have issues when wearing their hair this way (e.g. breakage along the hairline), but I never experienced any breakage. One issue that I seemed to have during the first six months was that my hair was not retaining moisture. No matter what I did to retain moisture, by the end of the day my hair ALWAYS felt brillo pad dry!
Then, I started using Shea Moisture’s product line and my hair started shouting hallelujah!!! I currently use the Shea Moisture line- Curl & Shine Shampoo, Deep Cleansing Shampoo (when my scalp feels dry and itchy), and the Restorative Conditioner as well as the Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Curling Soufflé, & the Curl & Style Milk for my styling products. In addition, I use different types of oils to seal in moisture after shampooing and conditioning. I deep condition twice a month with Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise and also do a hot oil treatment right before my deep conditioner.
This past January, I decided to try twist outs received so many compliments on my hair that I just fell in love with twist outs. I have only tried a wash ‘n go once after I went natural and did not like the look. My hair goes through a lot of shrinkage when drying, so at the moment I am not feeling the WnG’s. I may try to do another wash ‘n go later in the summer, but for now I am not a fan. For the past couple of months, I have been wearing my hair in protective styles because it has been warmer and because of the low maintenance it creates with my late work hours.
Below is a short one year nappyversy video displaying the hairstyles I have worn during my first year. I am so in love with my natural hair, its versatility, and growth this past year, and wish I never resorted to the horrors of chemical ANYTHING 30 years ago! Any who, check out the video below and let me know what you think.
How long have you been natural? Are you contemplating going natural but afraid of the big chop or what you may look like with short hair? What are some of the issues you are encountering during your transition to natural hair?
(Note: I had to re-upload the original video because YouTube questioned the Royalty Free music I had added, although I had given credit to the owner of the music. Guess YouTube chose NOT to read the description box that included music credits).