The Big Chop

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}I finally did it! I chopped off my hair and am now 100% natural! I’d been transitioning {going without a chemical hair straightener for almost a year} and was getting fairly bored with my hair and frustrated with the dual textures. In fact, I got so frustrated that I shaved off the right side of my hair. For two days, I absolutely loved it. Then I thought OH MY GOSH, WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?! Now I had a partially shaved head, two different textures of hair, and absolutely no way to do a quick fix hair do if I needed to run to the store real quick. cue the tears

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}

During one of my crying bouts, The Hubs looked at me and said something I never thought I’d hear him say: “Why don’t you just cut it off and start all over?” This was big for him. He does not like my hair short at all. So I kind of shrugged it off, because I wasn’t sure what to think. Then our oldest daughter arrived to attend our youngest daughter’s high school graduation and I thought, hmmmm, why not? She’s studying to be a stylist, so why not let her do her thing on my head? She did a fabulous job and cut it so that I can blow it out and wear it straight if I like. To see what it looks like straight, click here.

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}Really, it seems only fitting that I’d begin our new life in a new place with a new style, right? And I’m in an area, Georgia, where I can get my hands on all sorts of natural hair care products that are specially created for women of color.

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}l’m totally digging the ease of care. Wash and go? Yes, please. And the new hair fits with my easy boho vibe. I’ve worn this skirt before {to see how I styled it previously, click here}. This time I decided to keep things relatively simple and let the skirt take center stage. Because of all the colors, it’s easy to find something that matches. I think next time I wear the skirt, I’ll pair it with a fitted tank, scarf, and flat sandals.

The Big Chop {Living Outside the Stacks}So what big changes have you made in your life lately? Or what change would you like to make?

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  • Love it! You are BEAUTIFUL! And i love love love that skirt!

    • Thank you, LaShawn!! That skirt is crazy colorful and comfortable.

  • Susan Jeffries

    I am so glad you linked up with my post today so I could find you! I am not sure what your hair looked like before the big chop, but you have the perfect face to sport hair! Gorgeous! My sister is a librarian and mu daughter and I are book junkies! I cant wait to read your book reviews! Nice to meet you! Susan

    • Thank you, Susan. I’m so glad I found out about the link-up from Jenny. It’s so much fun getting to meet other bloggers and get out of my circle.

      I love being a librarian. It’s so rewarding. I hope your sister enjoys it as much as I do.

      I look forward to linking up with you all again.

  • Kelly, thank you so much. I’m so digging the short hair. I wish that I’d done it for a good cause like you did but my hair was neither long enough nor healthy enough for that. I do feel liberated though. It’s so nice to be able to wash it and go.

    I’m shooting completely in manual now. And I’m trying to limit my editing to crop and watermark only. So thank you so much. You made me feel like my skill is improving (although I think I need to invest in a pair of glasses that don’t have tinted lenses. Sometimes, they throw me off.).

    I will keep the blog title. I have a job at the library at Darton State, so it still works.

  • I’ve been toying with a big chop for a few years. I know it’s coming. It will be one of those things when I just wake up and say today is the day.

    You look lovely!! I’m sure it is so easy to manage in this warm weather!

    • It is so much easier and so liberating. I’d been thinking about it off and on, but knowing how much The Hubs hates short hair was the biggest hold up. I had his support this go around, so it made it so much easier.

  • Kelly

    Ohhhh And you are gorgeous!!

  • Good for you. You look absolutely stunning. Love the cut, and of course, the outfit.
    The skirt is brilliant.

  • Lots of big changes here too lately! The biggest is being pregnant, due in 4 months. Then, we decided to move… which entails spending the summer with the in-laws in small town USA. We debated living in a apartment in the city, but I think they’ll have more fun with family and easy access to forests & ponds. Oh, and we *might* need a new vehicle. Ya know… back to that baby #3 on the way. My boy has less than a week left in kindergarten, which is exciting, as we’ve come a long way from when we were homeschooling. Then, there’s my little girl who wants to have her hair cut to look just like her dad & brother. I’m sure it’ll happen eventually, but I’m having a hard time letting her do what she wants with her hair. That’s about it on our front. 😉

    • Lisa, I feel like you and I have been through so much together. When we first “met” The Boy was younger than The Girl is now and now there’s another little I’m so excited for you and Ken. I know this little person is going to receive so much love from The Boy and The Girl. I can’t wait to see pictures. And, uhhhh, how is this 4 months away already??

      Moving is exciting and exhausting. I remember being pregnant and moving in with my mother-in-law too. Being with family helped. Especially after my daughter was born because my MIL was able to give the older ones attention that I couldn’t give at the time (I was breastfeeding and had 4 kids under the age of 5).

      That hair thing. Girrrrl, I remember when mine wanted their hair “shined down” as they called it because all the other little girls wore their hair down. I had to explain to them that African American hair is different from Caucasian hair… We ended up compromising and I gave them bangs and a little “shined down” in the back with the rest in a bun. I kinda miss those days.

  • Glenda Harrison

    Yippy, you did it!!
    And you look so perfectly you. Let me say you’ll probably never want to deal with straight hair again. I love being 100 percent natural. There’s a true freedom about it. You’ll see.

    • I’m already embracing it. I love being able to wash it and go. Part of the problem was that I was still spending too much time with a flat iron after I washed it.I just got tired of it.

  • Ooh, I love it and you are right, it goes with your new BIG move! Your girl did an amazing job with the cut! I hope you are getting settled in your new home?

    I am thinking about getting braids as my fro is a bit “boring” to me at the moment. I know my Hubs will not like the braids, but I need a break or I will revert back to my old chemical ways!! LOL

    • LOL Isn’t it funny how that hair boredom will get you? I loved my braids when I had them. It was nice being able to just get up and go. I seem to be all about that lifestyle now.

      We’re mostly settled. A few random boxes here and there, ya know, but I’m ready to get out and explore.

  • Whitney

    You look beautiful….you know I love it.

  • Gail

    You so rock that look. I’ve been growing my pixie hair for 2 years and finally long enough to put in a pony tail and yet I want to chop it off.

    • LOL I remember that phase too. Celebrated that pony tail for like two days and then started eyeballing the scissors.

  • Stacy

    Dani, I love your new cut!

    • Thank you, Stacy! My head feels so much lighter.

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