To be honest, I planned my big chop. As I was counting my weeks post relaxer, I realised that on my birthday I will be exactly 30 weeks post relaxer and it was my 30th birthday – that felt like the right time to do it. I went on my birthday weekend away armed with my hair scissors and a few hair products for post big chop maintenance that would tide me over till I got back home.
My hair was still had some curls from the bantu knot out that I had done. I decided to section off the hair into 6 sections and twist those up. The cutting began with getting rid of those twists and then working to get rid of all the chemically treated ends and even out the natural hair. As you can see from this picture, my edges are in need of a rescue.When I saw myself the first time with the short hair I didn’t have any strong feelings. It was like: okay – I have short hair now. As I said in the I’m transitioning to natural blog post 3 months ago, I’ve big chopped before about 10 years ago. The ‘short hair look’ is something that I know and that I can confidently rock with 🙂
One thing I have noticed is that my hair is not jet black as I thought. My relaxed hair turned brown as it got older to the point that my ends looked visible brown even when I wasn’t in direct sunlight. I attributed this to the chemicals and my thought was always that that my hair grew black. Now that doesn’t seem the case – I will monitor it over time and see what happens.
Cheat wash days
I co-washed my hair twice after my big chop, I didn’t deep condition and went straight to leave in and sealing. Here are the products that I used:
I didn’t do any combing, I just let my hair be. What I did notice though is that it felt dry to the touch.
Proper wash day
When I got back to my full arsenal of products, I went through a full wash day complete with a protein treatment and a moisturising deep conditioner. Here is how that went down:
Prepoo Coconut oil for 1 hour without heat
Shampoo ORS Creamy Aloe – I was long overdue for a clarifying session
Protein treatment Afrobotanics Strengthening and Repairing Treatment with heat for 30 minutes
Deep conditioner Dark and Lovely Amla Legend Rejuvenating Ritual Replenishing Hair Mask mixed with JBCO – I steamed this into my hair
Leave Ins ElastaQP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave In Conditioner
Sealing Shea Butter (I totally forgot to moisturise my hair using the Afrobotanics Conditioning Moisturiser
Styling I did large sections of 2 strand twists just to keep my hair stretched so that it wouldn’t matte and flatten while I was sleeping. I ended up with 20 twists. I carried on trimming some left over relaxed ends after twisting each section. I think that will be the last trimming/dusting that I do for now.
After my wash day process, my hair felt moisturised, supple and just overall yummy. I am still getting tons of small pieces of hair that look like breakage everytime my hands find their way into my hair. For now I am attributing it to the cut piceces that haven’t made their way out of my hair yet. I will monitor the situation very closely and see what happens, while focusing on keeping my protein and moisture levels balanced.
I did a mini length check and my hair is:
Front 6.5 cm
Left nape 7.5 cm
Right nape 7.5 cm
On average, my hair grows at 1cm per month – so this is about right for my 7 month transition.
30 days growth challenge
As you guys know I’m on the #one_inch_December challenge hosted by Joie over at Long Nigerian Hair. So I will be really focused on growth this month. I will update weekly and a final length update at the end of December.