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Readers Respond: Reactions to My Big Chop

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I did the big chop back in July 2013 and I was so excited. Now I am kind of having a rough time cuz my hair is 4-c completely so I don't have a really good curl pattern. However I do love the fact that my hair is low maintenance.


Yeah, that was my reaction to me doing my bc. I big chopped 3 days ago (January 7, 2014) and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I meant to transition for 2 years BUT only succeeded in doing 1 year (so I have plenty of growth, about 5 inches or so) but I'm so used to having long hair and it's different. At this point I'm trying to find different ways to keep moisture in my hair cause it's dry as heck! as well as keeping it in protective styles. The reaction I've gotten from my bf has been nothing but positive as well as my mom who loves it. I'm just the only one who's unsure of it. ha!
—Guest Jh

Wish me Luck!

I did my own big chop this afternoon. I've been wearing weaves and long Senegalese twists for about 6 years so this is a big change. I have been transitioning for about 19 months, however, like another user, I relaxed my edges about 8 months ago for a weave (stupid, stupid stupid!). So far, I love my cute little fro and so does my family. I'm just pretty nervous to see what my boyfriend will think of it (even though he was the main advocate for cutting tresses). Wish me luck! (:
—Guest baby fro 1414

Big Chop

I did the big chop December of 2011. My husband and kids thought I had totally lost my mind. I was in shock for a few days myself. I had shoulder-length hair but my crown and bang kept breaking off, and I was so fed up I just impulsively chopped it all off. I wore the cutest wigs for three months, then I wore braids for nine months, getting them redone every 3 months. I then wore weaves for 6 months. I am happy to say that after doing a lot of research, I now wear my own hair out, mostly in protective styles. I co-wash once weekly, and shampoo with a clarifying shampoo once monthly. After 23 months, my hair is past my collarbone in the front and way past shoulder-length in the back. I now have healthy, natural hair and am so happy that I took the plunge and did the big chop.
—Guest Coleen Edwards


I did my big chop on November 9th. I transitioned for 8 months, BUT had gotten my edges relaxed (like an idiot) when I had a sew-in. So when it was time for me to big chop, I had to cut waaaay more off than I anticipated and I felt like my whole transition was a waste. I cried. BUT THEN.....after I went to the salon ant chopped it, I died it blonde. OMG!!! I love it!!! I love the low maintenance. I love being kinda forced to wear make up. I love LOVE LOVE being blonde!! I love my coils!!! I don't know if I will even grow it past this length!!! It's awesome!!!

Loving my fro

I did the big chop over 2 years ago. My permed hair felt like straw. I couldn't do anything with it so I cut it all off right down to the scalp. I liked the way my head felt, so I kept it that short for about a year. Now I am letting it grow so I can have a nice sized, full fro. It is liberating to not have to worry about putting my hair in rollers and retouching. When I cut all of my hair off, the only negative comment I got was from a little boy at the mall who told his mother he thought I was a boy.
—Guest Josie

Mean Muggers

I've worn my hair short for over 20 years. But after a horrible haircut and awful color(Ronald McDonald red) I decided to buzz it off like Sinead O'Conner. I was shy about it at first but my man assured me that I was just as beautiful. When I went to work the next day, my co-workers and patients were shocked! The majority just stared at my head:-( Many of them complimented me by saying that only I could get away with it because I have a pretty face. But dare I say that one bat who wears a wig that looks like road kill made a comment that I needed a wig!!! I was like wow!!! What a bitty!!! I am more confident now! Although it takes no time at all for my hair, I take longer applying make up. I love it! Once it get a little longer and thicker, I will color it blond.
—Guest Pinky

be strong

It took me forever to finally go natural...I was scared because I'm the girl who always wears sew-ins so people seeing me without hair, I was nervous...I was more so concerned of what people would think rather than what I truly wanted to do... my hair was neck length. I finally built up the nerve to go chop off all my hair. When I made my first appearance, it was like girl, why you cut your hair? lol. I even have a random woman say, I don't like your hair... (I didn't know people could be so rude) but the big chop will give you confidence 'cause at first I just thought I would cry, but my only con would be not having much to do but I'm excited for the growth. Natural is really a trial and error thing and remember what works for one person may not work for you.
—Guest B.

On The Way To Natural

I never really had that much control of my hair as a kid. My mother loved the crap out of the creamy crack. Over time, my hair was just damaged, limp and completely lifeless. I decided to move out and live with my boyfriend of four years. He and his family (who is Caucasian, by the way) was always puzzled at the fact that I adore curly hair and used a curly iron to achieve the curly girl look, but I continue to relax my hair and ruin my natural curly texture. After thinking about it, it definitely made sense and I transitioned for almost 5 months before seeing the true texture of my hair. It was beautiful, shiny, healthy and filled with gorgeous coils. After growing out 5 inches of new growth, my boyfriend's mother and I went to the salon and said goodbye to the relaxed ends. I felt so liberated and free. My boyfriend even loved the TWA! I can't wait until the hair grows out and I can achieve the hair that I have always wanted.
—Guest LovingNaturalAlready

My Big Chop

I did the big chop 2 years ago in September and it's been the best decision I've ever made. I've kept it short and now I'm trying to grow it out but it's so hard to keep from cutting it to keep it short because I love the style so much. Getting it to the longer stage will be hard because my hair grows unevenly. The front grows the fastest, the back or "the kitchen" grows almost as fast, the crown is still struggling. I haven't once cut the crown area yet since I've done the BC. Right now, I'm looking at ways that I can possibly speed the growth of my hair to just one area that way I can have even growth and keep from cutting my hair all the time just so it can look even. I consider this to be a new hair journey for me, starting today.
—Guest Sugarlips101788

Chop Or Transition?

My natural curl pattern is Gorgeous. I got my last perm In June Of 2013. Recently I have been wearing Sew-in's...When I took it down and saw my new growth I fell in love with my curls so I decided to cut perms out of my regimen. It's really hard styling my curly roots and straight ends but it's really worth it. BIG CHOP COMING SOON (:
—Guest Lola

Rockin It

I did my big chop yesterday 10/16/13 and I have a fade. I was surprised my barber cut so much off but I'm glad he did. I've read about scab hair and that's all gone. I love feeling the sun on my scalp and brushing my hair/scalp with shea butter is so relaxing and soothing. I'm doing prob about 100 strokes a night. My boyfriend lives out of state but I sent him a pic. He is not feeling it though. I was a little hurt that he doesn't like it but after we talked about it, he understood. By the time he sees me, it will be grown out. I'm sure once it starts growing out, I will have better control of it. This will be the shortest my hair will ever be. I'm Rockin It to the fullest!
—Guest Tracey

Big chop..

Well. I transitioned for 7months, every month, my mom chopped an inch off.... I wore air dried roller sets, and sew ins mostly roller set though.... At the end of August 2013 after a week of wearing my Jerry curl weave I told my mom I was ready for the chop... The back was mostly natural anyways... Now the top was like a fat kid running cross country (nothing against chunky kids, 1/2 of my family is big boned) but it's kind of straight but it has been cut down. I now have kinky twists, they've been in since August 20th. I will take them out in November, of course I will wash, condition and refresh my twist.
—Guest Trendy

It's done...now what?

I just did my big chop10/6/13 unintentionally. Now I have about an inch of hair as well. I am scared, happy and excited all at the same time but at a loss as to what to do from this point onward. I am hoping I don't panic and go back to creamy crack.
—Guest Shuga_Shay

My BIG Chop

I did my big chop after about 6 months of transitioning. I was so fed up with my relaxed ends that when I saw the first sign of breakage, I chopped. I felt so relieved, so free when I looked in the mirror. I love the idea, but I've always had insecurities about my hair and when my bf didn't like it I got braids. Can't wait to see the growth after about a year.
—Guest Finnisse

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