I was not one of the many bold, beautiful, and brave ladies who just up and decided that they would hack away all those chemically processed ends as soon as they made the decision to return to their natural roots. First off, there were not too many naturals in my community when I decided to transition. Secondly, I had my gazillion concerns about whether a TWA (teeny weeny afro) would compliment my head shape and size and bone structure. Therefore, when it came down to getting rid of all my relaxed hair, my game plan simply consisted of transitioning for at least one year while gradually snipping away at all those limpy ends.
The biggest factor that made my transition difficult and end prematurely was the fact that I did not know how to properly deal with the multiple textures on my head. There were not nearly as many resources back in 2003-04 as there are now for new transitioners to help get through the common woes of transitioning. Therefore, after 11 months of frustration and growing anticipation, I decided to end the hair battle by chopping the remaining relaxed ends on February 13, 2004 (The day before Valentine's Day. Yeah. I know. lol).
I probably chopped off more than I should have, but I wanted to make sure I clipped off as many of the relaxed ends as possible. I never went to a professional to shape my afro after the fact. I probably had between 5-6 inches of hair after the big chop. Here were the results (these were taken from my camera phone in 2004 so I apologize for the low quality):
Although my big chop was a liberating moment for me, I quickly slapped on a wig the next day to go out to a Valentine's dinner. ;o)
Welcome to my blog! This space has been used over the past several years to document mainly my natural hair journey and several different aspects of my life such as spiritual matters, my jewelry design, and parenting. I will from time to time post on this blog but my newly revamped blog can be found at BeautifullyCurled.com. Here you will find much recent updates about my hair journey along with my daughter's and so much more. Hope you will come by and visit and thanks for stopping by this blog. Be blessed. -Kris