I Big Chopped 4 Years Ago

August 2009……

All I can say is “Wow…time flies!’.

Last year on my 3rd “Nappiversary”, I wrote a long, reflective piece about my journey. This year all of those things are still true, but this post is going to be very short.

It’s not that I don’t love my hair, it’s just that I’m not as eager to “celebrate” as I was when I hit the 3 year mark. I think that year was the turning point for a lot of things for me, so that might have had something to do with it.

The natural hair journey can be likened to a marriage, in the beginning you’re overly excited and giddy at the newness of everything, then you settle in and establish a nice rhythm, still excited but not as giddy. I think that’s where I am at this point πŸ™‚
I tell people that I’m on a “fun-journey” with my hair. I just want to enjoy it. It’s one of the ways I keep from being bored.

The most recent pic (August 2013)

I’ve been feeling the need for a change a lot lately. For starters, my shape has grown out and I’m sure I made it worse with my recent snipping episode. Let’s see what I do next after I remove these Crochet braids.

On another note, I missed Day 14 of the #31Writenow challenge, but I’m going to keep going. I’m determined to finish even if I miss a few days.

What stage are you at in your natural hair journey?

Until next time

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  • MJ

    This picture drew me in. You are so beautiful! Inside and out. As you know I’m still transitioning. Thank you so much for all your support.

  • Thank you so much Jemy!

  • Jemy1415

    Happy (very late) Nappiversary! Oh, I know what you mean about settling in after a while with your hair. Anyways, you hair has grown so much and it is so lovely!

  • Thank you NS πŸ™‚ I so feel you. I feel like I didn’t take the time to embrace my TWA so I’ve been wanting to start all over, plus I need a change. Short hair has it’s advantages πŸ™‚

  • Naturally Supreme

    Hey! Happy belated Nappiversary! Here’s my story: I big chopped in February of 2011 after two months of transitioning. I had about as much hair as you in your lovely picture. I let it grow out for almost two years. I grew tired of not seeing my length (I was NOT embracing the shrinkage) and very tired of twisting every night, but still loved being natural. So I got a cut. It was a tapered cut. Short in the back, longer at the top, but I still twisted the top, for a twistout effect. I remembered how much I loved the TWA stage when I didn’t have enough hair to twist at all. So I went to the barber with my husband and decided to cut it back down. I love my hair this short. I will keep it low for a while. I’m going to the barber right when I take out these twists!

  • Thank you πŸ™‚ I like that…”just hair period”. lol. Your hair is gorgeous and you did a great job with retention. I need to break up with my shears, because long twists in a lazy bun sound so go to me right now πŸ™‚

  • Chandra

    Wow Happy Anniversary! I Big chopped in 9/2009 so my 4 year is coming up too! I completely agree with this post. The longer you are natural you do lose some of that giddy 24/7 natural hair obsession! I recently went through a thing were I was wondering what I wanted to strive for next just to keep the journey exciting for me. I do want to get to a place where I am just wearing my hair and enjoying it as my hair, and the focus not be on “natural hair so much” but just this is my hair period. Do what I do, and go! no news flash etc. I’ve never really been focused on length just health. So now that I have all of that figured out and it’s naturally retaining, I am focusing on actively retaining length. Because I have a desire to were my hair in long twists that I can wear in a bun 24/7! πŸ™‚

  • Aww, thanks hon. I wish I took more time to enjoy my TWA as well. Wow..that’s a long time. Do you ever consider cutting them?

  • nappy headed black girl

    Yaasss! Congrats, pretty lady. Your BC is how I wish mine had been. I transitioned and never had a chance to experience a true TWA. I’m 5+ yrs in with these dreads and still going strong.