In celebration of my upcoming 1-year natural hair anniversary, here is another post that sort of reflects on my decision to go natural and the process I went through. After transitioning for three months, I decided to go ahead and do the big chop (BC).
Doing the BC was probably one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. I really wanted to do it, but to say I didn’t have doubts and struggles would be a lie. At the beginning of my “journey” I was a YouTube addict. I would see how much growth other young ladies had experienced and I was so anxious to get the process going. So anxious that I didn’t take a lot of time to research other ways I could transition without cutting all my hair off.
In retrospect, I’m glad I went ahead and did it. BUT looking back, I would have transitioned just a little while longer to give me more length before chopping. So I decided to put together a list of my pros/cons of doing the BC.
– Didn’t have to try and manage two different hair textures
– Stayed cool during the hot summer months in Mississippi
– Was able to learn my hair a little better (meaning I could see the curl pattern and experiment with different products without worrying so much about how it would look the next day)
– Helped me develop true self-confidence…I didn’t have anything to hide behind
– I think it saved me from further damaging my hair
– Didn’t have to spend a lot of time styling my hair
– I could wear pretty flowers in my hair (now I can’t lol)
– Not very many styling options in the first 1-3 months, so I had a lot of days where I was frustrated
– Most expensive phase of my journey thus far (I went through a lot of products b/c I washed my hair everyday)
– People staring! (although they still do this)
– Feeling insecure/regrets about it (in the beginning…quickly changed around month 4)
As you can see, there are more pros than cons. I think what people should try and remember is that you can transition and maintain healthy hair. At some point though you’re going to have to cut it, so that’s why many of us just go ahead and do the big chop and get it over with. If I can think of any additional pros/cons, I’ll make sure I update this post with them!