After the Big Chop

I finally ‘big chopped’. Hopefully, you saw my video. By the time this post comes out, I would have been natural for 10 entire days. 😀 That totally makes me qualified to speak about natural hair. I kid. 😀 I planned to cut my hair earlier than the 5th but I had my photography class. After each day, I was pretty tired. Nobody’s hair was getting done. I decided to wait until the weekend.

I am very glad that my transition is over. So, so glad. Dealing with both textures got so irritating towards the end. If I could braid my hair without a third of it falling out, I probably would have done that for the last few weeks. My hair has also been shedding quite a bit. All that shed hair makes it quite awful for me to detangle. I hope I’m not experiencing alopecia again. 😥

My Natural Texture - Front Nov. 2016

As for styling, I haven’t done too much. I just keep my hair in braids or twists. I want to try stretching my hair with thread. What type of thread do you typically use? Is normal sewing thread okay or does it need to be rubber thread? I haven’t used rubber thread on myself before. The last time my hair was threaded with rubber thread I was under 10 years old. 😯

My hair feels pretty short and I’m getting used to it each day. A few days ago, I was looking for a document. I saw my old university ID from when I was natural the first time. My hair was super short then. I will spare you the image. If I could manage my hair like that, I’m sure I can get through this.

When I cut my hair, it was a bit of a shock. While I was editing the video, my facial expressions were showing I wasn’t feeling it too much. 😀 I’m still in a bit of shock as to how short it is. I kinda miss the length but I don’t really miss it being straight. With time, patience and a solid regimen, my hair will grow back.

My Natural Texture - Close Up Nov. 2016

How long was my transition?

  • 561 days
  • 1 year, 6 months, 12 days
  • 18 months, 1 week and 5 days
  • 80 weeks and 1 day

Any way you slice it, it seems like a pretty long time. I’m super proud that I made it this long. Since I’m not always the most patient with my hair.

Why did I transition for such a long time?

I’m not sure if I explained this before but I have been natural before. In 2006, I went to a salon to cut off my relaxed hair. I really wasn’t prepared and I had no idea what I was doing. The entire process was difficult. I ended up relaxing my hair over 2 years later. Once I started taking better care of my relaxed hair, I saw how much my hair improved. I always planned to go natural again. However, this time, it would be different. I wanted to approach it with a new process. So instead of cutting all my hair off again, I decided to transition long term.

My Natural Texture - Back Nov. 2016

How do I feel about the transitioning process?

The transition really helped me get used to my natural texture. There were some highs and lows. I’m glad that I did it.

What have I learned about my natural hair so far?

Even though I’ve been natural for a few days, I’ve learned a bit about my hair

  1. Single strand knots are evil. I have to keep my ends properly moisturized and oiled to prevent any issues.
  2. My hair shrinks up quite a bit
  3. As I suspected, my hair has many different textures.
  4. My hair gets pretty dry, especially the ends.
  5. My scalp does not like co-washing. I already knew this but I tried my luck.

I’m glad that I’m embarking on this new natural journey. I hope to get inspired by my hair again.

What tips do you have for someone who is newly natural?