Transition Tuesday

It started with one youtube video.  And then another.  And then another.  And then another.  After several hours of watching videos on youtube I was convinced.  I could be great!  My HAIR could be great if I just did the big chop!

I’ve kinda been hating my hair the last few weeks.  Because of the amount of new growth over the last 7 months, it has been increasingly more difficult to manage.  While I did have a solid routine, I felt that my hair only looked truly good on day one of my twist out.  Day two looked shabby and day three looked the shabbiest.  I don’t have the time, energy or patience to freshly wash and twist my hair every single day, so I had to make a change.

And so on Friday morning, I loaded my mom up in the car and drove to a hair salon on the other side of town.  I didn’t tell her where we were going, just that we had something to do for me.  I admit I started to get the nervous stomach as we were driving and even started to wonder if I was making the right decision.  As we pulled into the parking lot I turned to her and told her I was cutting off all my hair.  She gave me a big smile and said “alright!”  I was immediately put at ease and knew I was making the right decision.

The ladies at Simia’s Salon in Hapeville were great.  They made me feel very welcome, answered any question I had and had no problem with my bringing my own hair care products.  Of course I didn’t forget my Original Moxie products!

As Shawntia sat me down in the chair, I was prepared for a discussion and some sort of build up the the first snip.  But no happs.  As soon as I sat down she commenced to cutting.  And just like that my hair was gone.  On the floor.  And I didn’t even cry.

After cutting my hair, she took me to the back to wash and condition it.  She used my Original Moxie Get Clean shampoo and Intense Quench conditioner.  After reading the description on the bottles, she seemed pleased with the idea of using them.

After some time at the sink it was back to the chair where she cut my hair some more!  I guess after washing my hair she was able to further identify those pesky straight ends.  She finished up the cut and then it was time to style.  I handed her the bottle of Shape Shifter to apply.  She used a spray bottle to re-wet my hair and applied the product.  She combed it, scrunched it, put on my headband and voila! I was done.  My new hair is THAT easy!

I admit my biggest concern was how I would look with a TWA (teeny weeny afro) but I actually think I look pretty good.  My TWA isn’t at all teeny.  That means my hair really did some growing during this last seven months.  On top of that, my hair already has so much curl.  After applying the Shape Shifter, my hair immediately began to curl into perfect little coils.  I can’t keep my hands out of my hair.

Now that I have cut off the relaxed ends, I think I’ll have several challenges in this next phase of my transition:

1) learning how to get different “looks” out of my newly shortened hair

2) learning what works best for keeping it conditioned and moisturized

3) getting growth so I can do other styles such has twist outs and whatnot

4) being truly confident when I step out in public

I am so happy I did the “big chop”.  I can’t believe how comfortable I am with this new look.  I’m ready whatever this summer has in store for me!

Necessary Legalities: As a participant in the 180 Challenge, Original Moxie has provided me with hair care products in exchange for writing about my experience.  All opinions expressed on this site are my own.

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66 Responses to Transition Tuesday

  1. Ms. Smart says:

    You look fabulous. You look hot. You look pretty.

  2. Your curl pattern is GORGEOUS!!! I love it so much!!

  3. C says:

    Lovely! You really have a lot of new growth for such a short transition.

  4. Krissy says:

    One thing I know about hair is that everything ain’t for everybody. However, this hair cut looks great on you!

  5. Mrs. AKAtude says:

    I LOVE it! Your curls are popping!

  6. Serenity23 says:

    Congratulations! Welcome to Team #Naturalhair It looks great on you! Don’t rush thru any stages. Enjoy them all. All of that twisting will come and then you’ll miss your TWA..

  7. Kena says:

    You look good with short hair!

  8. Clu says:

    That style looks so great on you! Your curl pattern is really cute. I remember when I cut off my relaxed ends. It was so free-ing…and I wore all of my adorable earrings. 🙂

  9. Kim says:

    You look great!

  10. Honest says:

    Love the hair!

  11. Kunwrapped says:

    Looks really cute on you!

  12. You didn’t ask me and I’m not even sure I’ve commented before LOL but that cut is working for you chica! I absolutely love it on your face. It complements you and it is sooooooooooooo extra jazzy!

    One tip….keep ya fingers out ya hair to avoid frizz (coming from someone who can’t do it herself) LOL

    It is absolutely gorgeous!

  13. sundaze says:

    I love it! You look gorgeous!

  14. Crystal says:


  15. Ayana says:

    Beautiful!!! I think I am gonna try their products. (tell them it worked!)

  16. Ayana says:

    Oooo. Just looked them up. Pricey. 😦

  17. nineteen69 says:

    You look great and it’s very pretty. Now you can rock some big earrings to showcase the cut and your face 🙂

  18. Just beautiful ! Your features are truly popping !

  19. Exhausted says:

    Really cute!!! Have fun on youtube learning new styles for the shorter do!

  20. Roshanda says:

    Your hair is so cute! I absolutely love it. Congratulations on doing the Big Chop!

  21. Vivrant Thang says:

    You look absolutely beautiful! Welcome to #teamnatural indeed! You are going to have a big ole lovely fro before you know it. Enjoy the journey.

    And it is going to be next to impossible to keep your hands out of your head. I wore twists (with hair added in) for several years until I felt ready to wear my hair. There were about two months in between before I locked my hair. I could not stop touching my afro puff. I loved the way it felt! I’m the same with my locs.

    I remember one time you saying something to the effect that you couldn’t live without the creamy crack. Look at you now!

  22. discodiva73 says:

    So cute! You make me want to do the BC…but still scared! I know my hair..and it won’t look like yours!

  23. JennBMe says:

    i love it!!!

  24. Lisa says:

    I friggin’ love it! You look fabulous.

  25. K. Rock says:

    I absolutely love it.

  26. wifey615 says:

    Congrats! you and your hair look fab!

  27. keyalus says:

    It looks great. Very becoming and flattering to your face.

  28. Gladys says:

    Oh, Babs! You look so cute!!!! Your hair is BEAUTIFUL! I love your curls!

  29. SHA says:

    You look great!

  30. heartdrops says:

    you look awesome! I looooove it!

  31. AR Gal says:

    Still loving the new do. It really does become you Babs.

  32. Sheena says:

    I love it. It’s so cute.

  33. V Renee says:

    You look fab-o!

  34. K says:

    You look so great! I love it.

  35. DCarter says:

    Hey Babs … I mean Hey Purdy Girl. 🙂 Dahlin’ you look mahvelous! What I wanna know is how did Regan react to the new you?

  36. ondrea says:

    I LIKE IT!!!!

  37. theorist says:

    You look fantastic! I Love it and hope you do too!

  38. akima says:

    You look really pretty. And low(ish)-maintenance hair in the summer FTW! 🙂

  39. Cyn says:

    I’m gonna be honest and say I don’t always like the BC look on everyone but I think this looks absolutely stunning on you!!!! I really love it.

  40. Shea says:

    I’ll say it again, I think you look marvelous. It suits you very much. Once you get your products and routine down, you’ll be good to go. No more having to run from the rain, you’ll be free to ride with the windows down, you can sweat out your hair and it will be no big deal, no more spending hours in the salon, etc. All this plus you’ll be your daughter’s first positive role model for natural hair. And that trumps all in my book.

  41. naturallyk says:

    Looks great! For some reason Regan looks even more like you know that you can really see your face! So nice!

  42. Sasha says:

    Your hair looks amazing!!!!! You make me want to transition now and big chop! That short look really faces your face. OHHHHHH I LOVE IT!

  43. Shari says:

    Wow!!! congrats on the BC…. it looks really good on ya and I think that confidence is what really makes a TWA look great!!!

  44. BK says:

    Your hair is gorgeous!!! love it.. and just get you some great accessories and you will be good to go.. earrings set off a TWA 🙂

    and the best part of a twa now that its summer?? WASH & GO or even spritz & go..

    Nice curl pattern too.. WTG on making this decision when YOU were ready!

  45. Maz says:

    Fabulous! ! Your results are surely tempting me to take the natural hair leap. *smile*

  46. LyNn says:

    I love your hair….it’s truly BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. dmcmillian72 says:

    WOW! I love it, Babs! You look so pretty with your new look! First you fill your gap, now you have a new “do”. You are doing the heck out of YOU! 😉

    I’ve been seriously playing with wearing my hair in its natural state during these hot-a$$ed summer months (I’m in Birmingham). I’ve been natural for over a year now and my stylist got rid of the last remnants of relaxed hair in early April. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that like your hair my hair curls too! So I was going to experiment with not blowing out my hair and wearing it curly when I go to Memphis for the 4th of July weekend to see how I liked it. I.AM.SCARED!</b? I'm afraid of how my face will look with a TWA…

    But you have inspired me to not be a punk! I'm going to do it!

    Thanks, Babsie!

  48. Sha Boogie says:

    That hair is you! It really shows off your face— looks great! #teamnaturalhair

  49. Nikita says:

    You look great!

  50. Bunny says:

    Love it Babs!!!! It looks soooooo good!!!!

  51. BrownSistah says:

    I think you look FABULOUS!!!!
    You wear it well, you really do!!

  52. sayitlikethis says:

    Although I already gushed on Twitter about how frickin’ GREAT you look, I wanted to come here and make it officially known that you are ONE. HOT. MAMA! Welcome to the wonderful world of natural hair. It is a true journey so enjoy it. I’ve gone from a loose natural for a year-and-a-half to starting locs. It’s fun, it’s enlightening, and you will learn SO much.

    Hope you don’t cause too many accidents around your way with that traffic stopping look of yours! Bow chicka wow wow!

  53. You are working it! Love it!

  54. Nerd Girl says:

    Love it! You look great!

  55. onefromphilly says:

    I love the new cut. It is perfect for your face. So pretty!

  56. TheMrs says:

    Looks GREAT!!

  57. najalimu says:

    You look GREAT!!
    Although I’ve been natural all my life, I did the BD last year to cut out my loc’s of 6 years! It’s always a little daunting at first , but then it’s over and you look uber FAB!

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  59. You know that I have been through ALL of that with my hair! I love your look and just continue to research!!!
    XOXO BossyGirl1980

  60. SimplyB says:

    The pictures don’t do it justice. So many pretty curls!!!

    Right now it takes me about 4 hours to twist my hair. If I didn’t look like a man I would be doing the wash and go everyday!

  61. t. sheree says:

    You look amazing, Babs!!! Congrats on the big step!

  62. Deljah says:

    Looking fab, Babs!

  63. Johnd955 says:

    I just like the helpful information you provide on your articles. I will bookmark your blog and test once more here frequently. I’m moderately certain I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next! kebkgekdafad

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