How many big chops can a girl have? As some of you know, I big chopped my hair for the third time last September due to color damage. After this cut, I planned to let my hair grow but things did not go as planned. Let’s face it, growing out short natural hair is EXTREMELY difficult and frustrating! I am not sure how I went through 2 prior big chops and my third was the hardest to deal with…maybe it was age and lack of patience. I also feel as if I could not find the right cut that would be easy to grow out and require less maintenance and manipulation. So, it took me ONE YEAR to figure out the perfect cut that would look great, be easy to manage, and keep my sanity! In this blog post, I am going to show you my cuts that I’ve done in the past year, and I will tell you why it was so hard to let my hair grow from each cut.
This sexy tapered look was done September 2016 when I big chopped due to color damage. I really loved this cut and I would have let it grow out easily, however, I decided not to let it grow and cut it again a couple weeks later. Why did I cut it again…well I wanted an edgy look and I was going to be 30 in a few months and was losing my mind.
Two weeks later, I went back to my stylist, and asked her to cut it…again! I went for the shaved sides and it felt fierce and edgy, until I tried to let it grow back. This is when I lost all patience. I never cut my hair so short before and growing it out from this length was a headache for me. My ends were growing out spiky and the back and sides of my hair were growing so much faster than the top, and I eventually began to look like bozo the clown. Mind you, I hung in there and continued to let this foolishness grow until December, when I decided to cut my hair a third time. This is when I went for a rounder look. I thought this cut would be easy to grow, and it wasn’t too bad until my hair started growing uneven…again, but in every direction. I said bye to Bozo and hello to mullet life. Like dang, I couldn’t get a break! I kept this cut until the summer, when I cut a few inches in July, and again in August.
Finally, I did my 6th cut in September 2017, and guess what I went for…a very similar tapered cut that I had almost a year ago! Almost identical to my big chop of September 2016! But the good news is, I love the grow out process of this cut! I mean, I am loving every wash day and style of this tapered look. I do not regret all of the cuts that I made in the past year but I don’t wanna do it ever again lol.
I hope this post helps someone who needs some help choosing the right natural hair cut! It’s not a bad journey but it is challenging! We all will have our frustrations to get through this journey but it’s always worth it in the long run. I’m always here for your hair questions, so feels free to comment on this post! If you’ve gone through similar experience, share your big chop experiences we well! Happy cutting folks!