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I’m Gonna Miss My Ponytails…

By:  NaturaLeah On:  November 27, 2010 1 Comment

I know its easy to get swept up in the emotion of “going natural.” You start researching what you can do with natural hair, you stay up all hours learning about new products and techniques, and you start trying to convince all of your non-natural friends to join the process with you. Personally, I know I started with the intention of transitioning until my natural hair was long enough to at least put into a ponytail. But as the months pressed on, the urge to just cut it all off kept getting stronger and stronger. Don’t get me wrong, transitioning has been so much fun. I really COULD do it for a lot longer. But I’m so excited to get to know my own hair unencumbered by the relaxed ends. So, after 7.5 months of transitioning, I took the plunge and made my appointment for December 4th at Urbanbella Salon. A good friend of mine (actually, the friend responsible for me embarking on this wonderful journey…thanks Jazi T’s) got her big chop at Urbanbella and said she had a wonderful experience. So, the clock is ticking and the countdown is on!

Everyday I say, “This is the last time I’ll be able to have this updo” or “This is the last time I’ll have my long french braids.” At least for a while, that is. And then it dawned on me, “I think I’m gonna miss my hair.” I really didn’t think I was one of those people who had any sort of attachment to my hair. After all, I had it cut short once before and it grew back. That’s what hair does…it grows back. I think this time is different though. This time its not about just cutting it short. It’s about the growth of the new me…the REAL me. I’m excited and at the same time a little anxious. Sometimes its hard to keep a brave face when friends and family ask, “Aren’t you afraid to cut off all your hair?” Or when some aren’t so diplomatic and just say, “Don’t do it!” But I know I’ll be happy and feel relieved when its all said and done on December 4th. Until then, I’ll have to bid my ponytails and french braids adieu….at least for a while, that is ;-)

Double ponytail 4 months post-relaxer

My last french braids at 7.5 months post-relaxer

What about you ladies, did you have BC (big chop) anxiety?

How long did it take for you to get your natural ponytails back?

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  1. feliciasdesigns

    feliciasdesigns
    10:46 PM

    I transitioned for about 7 months – my last relazer was 10/08 and I BC’d 5/09…LOVED IT!
    I tell everyone going natural was the BEST decision I have ever made! My hair is so healthy and I love the various ways I can wear it. Trust me though its a process – and it takes work, I spent countless hours on youtube watching videos and finding out what products to use…if I can offer you some advice – do not become a product junkie!! LOL

    I have a few faves and I also like to use natural oils…but I mix it up. Find what works for your hair and then have fun!


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