The final chop!

29 Jul

My transition to natural is now complete! *THROWS CONFETTI*

Yesterday I went to get the last haircut of my transition to natural. For some reason I have been anxious about getting this last inch cut off… but I feel so much better after having done it. Y’all should have seen the lady who cut my hair… she was CLEARLY overwhelmed by Giovanni’s size & strength. I tried not to laugh as she struggled to pass her comb thru my hair, did I mention that it rained yesterday? *SMH* She earned that tip! I jumped down from the chair before she could sweep my discarded hair away & asked her if I could take a picture (because I knew that this was a moment I would want to remember & share). She gave me the side eye at first, then I told her my hair story. She said that she had often contemplated growing out her relaxer & I encouraged her to give it a try, & if she doesn’t like it, she can just perm it again.

My transition to natural was an arduous journey, to say the least. I could not have done it without the love, support & even death threats 😉 from my friends & family. Insecurities I didn’t know I had surfaced when I ceased to relax my hair. Self-discovery was a beautiful, albeit unexpected side effect of this process. I say this to you because I want to stress the positivity of this experience. Many natural sistas are militant & condescending towards transitioners & permies – THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! It’s just hair people! In this life, everybody’s just trying to get where they need to be & the quickest way to get there is to stay in your own lane. Just be the BEST at being who you are & encourage others to do the same. HUGE shout out to CurlyNikki, whose blog kept me motivated with hair tips & product info! Thru all my tears & tangles, I’m glad i did it!

SN: Thru my entire transition I kept an “emergency” jar of relaxer in my bathroom cabinet, just in case I couldn’t take it no mo’…LOL! I’m proud to say that it’s going in the trash today 🙂

BEFORE (last Sunday)

and AFTER (7/28/2011)

Stay tuned… I’ll be posting pics of my hair journey in the near future 🙂


5 Responses to “The final chop!”

  1. Crown Jewel June 7, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your story:) This is helpful and inspiring as I am currently transitioning and, too plan to be a long-term transitioner. I appreciate your “Realness” in saying that you kept a jar of relaxer on hand “just in case”:)

    • Sham November 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      Hey Crown Jewel! I feel like its my responsibility to keep it real. There are good days & bad ones.

      So how is your transition coming along at this point?


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