My Big Chop | Video and transition story to natural hair

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WATCH VIDEO HERE – THE BIG CHOP

Today I’m sharing something a bit different – It’s a hair story ya’ll and I petition you to read along.

On March 2nd, 2016 I did my big chop, and for those who haven’t a clue what that is — It’s best described as a major life event consisting of cutting off previously chemically straightened hair to transition to a full head of un-treated hair (Hence the term natural) lol. My friend Jennifer documented the whole process for her YOUTUBE channel and I’m so glad I was able to have this experience saved in such a special way.

MY HAIR HISTORY

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In May 2011 I decided to get serious about taking care of my hair. I was always able to grow my hair, but I would abuse it by over straightening and colouring while I was in high school. It would grow and then break off — Let’s just say I was clueless when it came to caring for my hair even though I was really good at styling. In the picture above to the left – I had decided to get a bob when Rhianna was inspiring women all over the world to ‘bob it’. I jumped on that bandwagon and got a salon cut, but a couple of months later I noticed that I wasn’t making any progress in growing it back. Then, I decided to do something about it.

I did a ton of research and with inspiration from my cousin who’d been caring for her hair – I got serious about achieving hair health as well. To get there I started relaxing my hair every 6 months, limited blow drying and straightening my hair to about twice a year, and kept very consistent with oiling and moisturizing my hair. As you can see in the rest of the pictures – It surely paid off!

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DECIDING TO GO NATURAL

It really didn’t take much thinking on my end to make the decision. It was something I said once – and decided to go for. I didn’t know I’d want to go natural, at least not as soon as I did because I was getting great results and my hair was really thriving. But there was always so much time in between my relaxers every 6 months, so when I would start to see my new growth it would get me excited about what it’d be like to embracing being natural. Now, I wasn’t as excited about cutting my hair, so I decided to transition for a long time to ensure that I would have some length before I cut.

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THE RESULTS

And here you have it lovelies – I’m all natural and loving every second of it! Make sure to check out the video. I couldn’t embed it on the blog as I wanted :(, but click the link and it’ll take you right to Jen’s YT channel.

Thanks for reading, let me know what you think.

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Before and after

4 Comments

  • Reply March 12, 2016

    Jenn

    I am so grateful to have been part of this journey, at least the beginning of the newly natural stage! I am sure you will have nothing but fun with that mane of yours! xo

    • Reply March 13, 2016

      kristina

      YES! I am so happy it was no one else but you who got me to NATURAL! You’re awesome! Our next project will be in NEW YORK!

  • Reply April 12, 2016

    Dom

    Great post, Kristina! I’m still a relaxed girl, but learned a lot from my gorgeous cousins who are natural. They pretty much taught me how to care for my hair and I’ve achieved a lot of growth over the past 1.5-2 years. For me, the turning point was weekly deep conditioning. Then using less heat and using way more oils and moisturizers…

    Great post! I’ll check out your channel!

    • Reply April 19, 2016

      kristina

      Hey Dom! Thanks for dropping by! Your hair is a testament to your hard work and dedication. Love it and love your channel!

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