THE BIG CHOP… AGAIN ft Passiboo, Naa Oyoo & Miz Akwele

Hair grows, when you have it. 

I guess you know what the Big Chop is all about – final stage of transitioning from permed to chemical free ‘natural hair’ yadayadayada.

For most Naturalistas, length is the measure of a healthy hair, and the most presentable IG Naturalista look; for a selected few, a healthy hair is just a healthy hair which grows come what may.

I’d wanted to write about my third Big Chop until I saw a couple of friends on my IG timeline who’d had similar… almost the same haircut – blogger Akosua TinTin (Passiboo), Social Media Expect & Marketer Naa Oyoo and myself.

Here is a little story surrounding why we did the Big Chop again.

PASSIBOO

ON LOVING THE HAIR

Of course I do! That’s what I got from Jah. Uhm yes I love my hair. I love styling hair. Like I can style my hair in 3 different styles under 30mins. Lmao. I think I spend more time with my hair than I probably should!

4yrs since first Big Chop

REGRETS OR NAH?

First time I cut it I was like uuuhm so now what? For the first few days I kinda. So I went to braid to get more length but it wasn’t like I expected. So I went on YouTube to watch videos on natural hair of my length and how to style it and yah girl was hooked!!!

Sometimes I regret when I’m combing lol. But then I got a spray water bottle to dampen before combing and I was pretty much okay.

A NEW CUT BECAUSE…

Truth is, I used my mother’s curl kit because I didn’t want to use an actual texturizer to get my hair a little softer/manageable because all these products sellers be selling dreams lol. Went to the salon and this lady put the product in my hair and combed through like I was doing a perm! Told her to use her hand and she was like ‘I know what I’m doing’. And she knew alright! She was messing up my kinks.. so I washed and left without even drying and kept protective styling thinking I was going to grow from the roots and cut the top off. But after 4 months, I’m like nah, I’ve done this before. I can do it again so yeah, I got back home from work and I changed, told my sister to go with me, and voila. I got a haircut.

AND LENGTH?

Honestly, no! Like there are wigs all over if I want to switch up. But I don’t even remember when last I wore a wig. I’m feeling this new look for real!

PEOPLE’S IMMEDIATE REACTION…

‘You cut all that hair? Nooooo!!!!’

Like I still get that. I didn’t know I had so many ‘shareholders’.

So many people were ‘looking up to me and my hair’ and I let them down. But I tell them it’s just Hair and it will grow back. If I let it of course.

 

Before Big Chop

 

After Big Chop

 

NAA OYOO

After Big Chop

ON LOVING THE HAIR

Wow! i can never hate or be disgruntled with what God gave to me. My hair is part of my identity and I can’t hate it. I have to learn about it and care for it like I do to every part of my body. It’s part of who I am and nothing will ever change that.

I stopped relaxing my hair back in 2014. I transitioned for 6 months before doing the big chop.

REGRETS OR NAH?

Be honest, definitely not. Having relaxed hair was not relaxing because of the chemicals which would burn my scalp every month when I had to do a touch up. Why should I be having sores on my scalp? Didn’t make sense, so zero regrets over here  🙂

A NEW CUT BECAUSE…

I needed a change in my look and also to give my hair some regrowth experience. This year I have been tough on my hair and doing a trim wasn’t going to be enough. I am a very versatile adventurous woman and I love new experiences. So I wasn’t afraid of this new adventure. It’s actually thrilling as it gets people talking.

AND LENGTH?

Not particularly. I love to see my hair grow after all the natural hair care routine we all go through. It’s pleasing to see results. I won’t cry if my hair is taking longer than others to grow. Every hair growth have their own path to take. We are all different so is our hair. I think stressing about hair length actually stresses the hair follicles out because stress as you know causes hormonal changes in our bodies which our follicles are also connected to. Also as one ages, hair growth slows down and I am no spring chicken :D. No need to stress about length.

PEOPLE’S IMMEDIATE REACTION…

“Wow! OMG! It’s cute!” Along those lines  😆 but overall most people love it. Even my mom loved it which was a shocker!

Before Big Chop

 

MIZ AKWELE

Before Big Chop

ON LOVING THE HAIR

Yes Yes Yes! I love my hair. It’s mine, stubborn but mine, and the one physically significant thing you can make me out with when my lips are closed shading my gap teeth.

I cut off my permed her in 2012/13 [face in palm]… can’t particularly recall. In 2014, I had my second Big Chop done, and the most recent one was on 25th October, 2017.

REGRETS OR NAH?

Not at all.

A NEW CUT BECAUSE…

Change, really. I had healthy hair, busy schedule and maaaaaaaaaaaaaad love for short hair, plus I miss having to just run my hands in my hair without a comb or untwisting before stepping out. I knew I’ll miss my hair and nights of twisting, but HAIR GROWS  😆

AND LENGTH?

Length is overrated. I have the kind of hair which shrinks 90% and to pull out a desirable style, I had to thread overnight or for several days. Even with that, it shrinks within hours. Length was an issue for me at a point, but after embracing the nature of my hair, I moved on.

PEOPLE’S IMMEDIATE REACTION…

“oh you cut aaaaaaaaaaaaall your hair!! Why?”

“Akwele! Your hair was goals for me”

“It actually looks great on you. How are you able to rock it? I know I can’t”

“You make me want to cut mine, but I won’t be tempted”

After Big Chop

For every woman, beautiful and healthy hair checks one the topmost boxes.

Although our reasons for getting the haircut AGAIN differ, it is admirable the strength gathered in taking that step to have those blades run in our hair.

Yes it is a risk, but your hair is yours and you will look great however you wear it.

 



Feature: Passiboo & Naa Oyoo


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