Friday, January 21, 2011

The Big Chop!

December 20, 2010

I was nervous and excited.
I took the day off of work.
I had invited a few girlfriends to come witness the transformation (and hold my hand, LOL).
I'd picked out a style that I felt would look cute on me.
I was ready.

None of my girls were able to come.  And imagine this!  We had one of the coldest weeks of the month leading up to my hair appt.  And I'm about to cut all of my hair off?? (I really can't stand being cold you guys!)  I almost changed my mind.

Then I remembered my reasons for doing this:
1. Achieving healthy hair
2. To learn how to care for and maintain my own hair for the first time in my life
3. Learn that beauty has less to do with what is external but more to do with what is internal

PLUS, I'd reached my transition goal - 6 months! I was still a little nervous until I walked into the salon.  But when I came in the door, there was Taji, my stylist, smiling.  Let me interject here to say, that if you are going to patronize a stylist as a natural (or anyone who provides a personal service for that matter), make sure it is someone who understands what you're trying to accomplish and is truly supportive of your goals.  Ensure it is someone who listens to YOU as the customer and doesn't push their own preferences when you've clearly stated what you desire.  A supportive, knowledgeable stylist is just as much if not equally as important as supportive friends and family on your journey. Taji met all of these criteria for me.

With my confidence renewed, Taji whipped out the scissors and said, "Do we need to do anything before I get started?"  I responded in my signature jovial way, "Nope!  We don't have to pray or hold hands singing Kumbaya my Lord.  I'm not going to cry.  I'm ready!"  And I meant it this time.

Before the cut ......

 After the cut....

That's a genuine smile!  I love my curls and coils!

With leave in conditioner -  6.5 months of new growth

Thanks to Taji  for not only being supportive, but making this a fun and enjoyable experience.  AND for making me look fab!

Styled - Faux hawk with comb twists...
Hair by Taji Shabu, Taji Natural Hair Styling


I am so happy that I made this decision. I haven't regretted one moment and look forward to continuing to learn as my hair continues to grow! 


  1. Congrats on the big chop. I just read your comment about your dad on It brought a tear to my eye. That's really beautiful.

  2. Thank you so much! My dad & I are really close and when I was prepping him earlier for the fact that I was going to be cutting my hair, he was really resistant to the idea. So when he gave me those compliments, it was a really big for me.


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