My hair after 9 months of Transitioning;
Relaxed ends and lots of new growth
I have been doing my own haircuts and trims ever since I graduated from high school. Still, I wasn't sure if I could successfully do the "Big Chop" myself. I transitioned for nine months so it was very easy to see where to make each cut. I guess I was mostly concerned that I would end up with a fro without the right shape. I had never worn my hair shorter than ear length so the shape of my hair was going to be pretty important to me.
For awhile I considered going to my Dad or Brother who are both trained barbers. I even asked if they would be willing to do it when the time came. I could tell that my Dad was not going to give me a buzz cut because he's so used to seeing me with longer hair. My brother however had done the Chop for a few other ladies who were starting their journey so he was up for it. Before I made my decision though I decided to check out some videos on YouTube to see how other naturalistas got it done. It seemed to me that having someone do it at a salon meant getting a little more length taken off than I wanted. This was because of the shaping that was done after the relaxed pieces were cut away. That's when I decided that I would just do it myself because then I would only have myself to blame if I there were any mishaps. Anyway, I could always have my brother fix it if it came to that.
My hair the day after the Big Chop
During my transition, I made it a point to cut off a little each month so that I wouldn't have very much relaxed hair left to part with. I started out by putting my hair into small sections and cut the first piece right in the front. No turning back! My fro was bigger than I expected which was a plus. The following day, I used some Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-in Conditioning Cream, aloe vera gel and shea butter on my wet hair to encourage my first little curls to come into view. I was so proud of my new hair and how the cut turned out.