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My Big Chop Hair Journey

Two years ago, January 2017 I decided to begin my natural hair journey. After a couple of years being frustrated with the health and heat damage of my hair I began to consider the option of doing a big chop. I’d had been without any chemicals or perms in my hair since 2009, but frequently flat ironed my hair causing heat damage. Initially I was super nervous and insecure with the thought of not having my hair. For me my hair is a staple of my look and the idea of not having it made me feel unsure. Now, I’ve had short hair cuts/styles  but nothing close to a TWA (teeny weeny afro). I began to watch Youtube videos of girls documenting their big chop journey and showing beautiful results of healthy long hair. I randomly decided on January 11th 2017 to just do it! I went into the bathroom, pulled out my hair scissors and started chopping off all damage ends. Once cutting was complete I was left with about 2 inches of natural hair. I felt so liberated after letting go of the damaged hair, and also wondering what to do next with my hair.

I always knew that I wanted my hair journey to be private and personal as this was something I did for myself. I didn’t share with any friends or family that I had cut all of my hair until 6 months in. For the first 6 months my goal was to put absolutely NO HEAT on my hair which I achieved through a variety of protective styles. I started my journey off with faux locs, beauty supply wigs, and braids. After the first six months my hair had substantial growth and looked very healthy. I knew once I got to a blendable length I would want to incorporate other protective styles such as clip-ins and microlink extensions. My favorite protective style is the Microlink installation method which allows you to do just about anything with your hair! Extensions are installed with silicone micro beads attached to the natural hair and extension weft. You have the freedom to wear hair up into high pony, half-up/half-down, top knot, all pulled back, side part, deep middle part; pretty much anything you want. With this method I am able to fully care for my hair as there is no braids, glue or sewing involved. Although all hair is left out there still isn’t a need for frequent heat. I maintain healthy hair with regular shampoo, deep condition, microlink maintenance, and steam treatments. I am very satisfied with my natural hair journey. I am excited to continue caring for my hair and sharing updates! See more of my hair journey photos below. Are you on a natural journey?


Leah Nicole

Photo 1: Big Chop

Photo 2: 6 mos.

Photo 3: 1.5 years

Photo 4/5: Now 2019

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