Dear world, I’m glad to announce that I’ve done the big chop! *moonwalks across your screen*. I did it at home, by myself(no one wanted to help just in case I regretted it and blamed them or just because they didn’t support my cutting my hair). I sat in front of the mirror and cut in sections. I used my spray bottle filled with water,a bit of olive oil and a bit of Giovanni smooth as silk conditioner to spray my hair so I could tell the natural hair from the relaxed ends.
My spray bottle(I’m a cheapskate so I just used an old body splash bottle that I washed thoroughly but if u want to buy a spray bottle, you can get at Sizzelle,The Kinky Apothecary or The Hair City)
For the back parts I couldn’t see in the mirror, I just felt the hair with my fingers and cut where the relaxed hair started(didn’t spray since I couldn’t see the hair).
I found out that it’s advisable to use hair shears instead of regular scissors because regular scissors can cause damage and split ends but I threw caution to the wind and used regular scissors that I got for N60 at a shop that sells tailoring supplies in my neighborhood. If you don’t want to use plain scissors, you can get hair shears for around N1400 and above at Sizzelle, a Nigerian online store that sells natural hair stuff.
After I was done cutting, I rinsed my hair for about 2 minutes with just water then I put a mixture of about 2 tablespoons of my Giovanni conditioner,1 teaspoon of olive oil and 2 teaspoons of honey in my hair to deep condition it. I didn’t have a plastic/shower cap so I just put one of those small black nylon bags that most traders/shops put what you buy in for you, over my hair and tied 3 or 4 scarves over that to generate as much heat as possible. I went about my business(watching TV. Lol) and then rinsed it out about 3 hours later and put some more Giovanni conditioner in my hair,combed through with my wide-toothed comb and rinsed it out. I patted my hair with an old cotton T-shirt(it’s better to use this instead of a towel because a towel can cause breakage. It’s also better to pat and not rub). I didn’t totally dry it, I left it somewhat damp. I then put some more Giovanni in as a leave in, followed by a mix of castor oil and olive oil and then some Shea butter. By this time I’d noticed that my hair wasn’t very evenly cut so I had my aunt trim around a bit. And voila! My end result
I think I look pretty good. I love it. Still getting used to it but I think it’s not bad at all. I got loads and loads of compliments and a few natural haired girls “welcomed me to the club” lol. As you would expect, I also got some why’s and I-don’t-like-it’s.
This is how I usually wore my hair before- braids and weaves but I left it alone most of the time in just a ponytail.
In case you’re wondering why I decided to take the plunge and go natural, my reason is really not that deep. I didn’t want to “stop using the creamy crack” or have healthier hair(well, I kinda did but that wasn’t my main reason) or whatever deep reason there is out there to go natural. I simply wanted a different look and a fresh start(sound weird? Lol).
So, this is newly natural me signing out! Until my next post!
12 thoughts on “Big chop”
YOU ARE SO CUTE! I loooove the short hair ❤ you definitely have the face for it
Awwww! Thank you so so much! 😀 😀
I concur with sarabieventide…the hair looks terribly good on you…#winks
Thank you! 😀
You are welcome to d club hun. I will make sure to follow Ur blog to watch Ur progress for some inspiration. Did my bc in march. Pls where do u get giovanni from.. Thank u in advance 🙂
Thank you so much!! Been good so far! I got mine from Casa Bella at Ikeja mall. It’s also available at other Casa Bella outlets(Surulere shoprite, palms lekki, shoprite Abuja). It’s also available here
Your cut looks fab! Congratulations on your big chop and thank you for the shout out!
Thank you so much! 😀 You’re welcome
Just saw your post. You look great. I’ve been transitioning for a year, hopefully, I’ll have the courage to trim soon.
Thank you so much Aanu. Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll look great and you’ll love it!
Hello Jen, I last relaxed my hair in October, how long would you advise I wait before I big chop?
I think it really depends on what length you’re comfortable with.
If you don’t mind short hair, you’re fine cutting it at any point. However if you’re not comfortable with short hair, I suggest letting the natural part grow out a bit more to a length you’re comfortable with before cutting.
All the best