From the title, you have probably guessed what I have done. Yeah, I big chopped yesterday (August 10, 2013) at 17 months post relaxer. I originally planned an 18 month transition, but what difference was that one month going to make. Anyhow my natural hair and I were fed up with those stringy relaxed ends. I noticed my hair wasn't responding to products, styling was becoming more challenging, dryness was overtaking my strands, and I quite frankly didn't know what else to do. I grabbed my shears, clips, spray bottle, and the Herbal Essences Totally Twisted conditioner (review coming soon) and made my first cut. Then I became hesitant and stopped lol. I wasn't worried about how I was going to look; I was concerned with styling my hair. After constant deliberation and a couple of YouTube videos, I reassured myself that I was making the right decision. Health over length right? Right! I picked the shears back up and continued cutting. An hour or so later all the relaxed ends were laying on the dresser. You couldn't tell me I wasn't cute with my fro. I went ahead and clarified with the last bit of my ORS creamy aloe shampoo (I don’t think I should’ve though) and deep conditioned with Silk Dreams Chocolate Bliss. After t-shirt drying my hair for a few minutes, I applied the Giovanni Direct Leave-In and sealed with a mixture of EVOO and EVCO. Then I used the banding method to stretch my hair and air dried overnight. This morning, I removed the bands and styled my hair into a puff. After about an hour, my hair was so dry. I keep spritzing it with water, but it isn't long before I’m spritzing again. Does any of the natural ladies have a good homemade moisture mist recipe (store bought mists are welcome too) or any tips for dealing with dryness after the big chop? I know this is about to be one heck of a learning process, but I’m excited. Hello, natural hair journey!
|Can you see how dry my puff is?|