every now and again i think many of women, no matter their hair texture, go through a phase where you stand in the mirror looking back at the hair that covers your head and think, “maybe i should big chop.” “maybe i should just cut it all off and start over.” big chopping again is a thought will cross many a curl-haired women’s mind. it’s a phase we all go through long after we’ve gone through the often annoyingly long process of growing out our hair. or sometimes we need to cut our hair because of a hair disaster or setbacks like heat damage, horrible color or a bad hair cut or a break up. so the scissors come out for the brave and a cut ensues. but after the hair has fallen, after the curls are no longer falling down your back, you think, “i did the big chop, now what?” and that’s when it’s time to be the most assured with the decision you just made because there is no going back.
recently i’ve been wavering about cutting my hair. for some reason i have this urge to have really short hair. this is a constant thought that is always in the back of my head. i went super short in high school. i’m talking toni braxton short, not halle berry in jungle fever short. it was short and i loved it. though a pain in the derrière to grow out, i loved my short hair and could see myself big chopping agin one day soon.
big chopping again can be fun for those who allow the process to not overwhelm them. just the descriptive name we’ve attached to cutting off all of our curly hair is both bold and risque which makes it even more appealing. saying, “i chopped off my hair!” seems almost heroic as if you went to battle and came out unscathed.
recently, taren had her hair professionally chopped off into a chic short do. her new style adds a flair to her look that even her big over-sized hair did not. it’s sassy and short in a way that big hair can’t be because it’s such a different feel and look. with short hair it’s like you are saying to the world, “here is my face. look at it.” we can hide behind our floppy fros but with hair as sort as four to six inches, it’s hard to do that, so big chopping again is a great way to test your limits when it comes to what you hair can and cannot do for your style.
as i type this, my chopping contemplative thoughts grow louder and thus, i’m still going keep the idea of big chopping in the back of my head. while i mull over the next pair of shears that will grace my strands, i’ll be watching as a bystander as all the other ladies take the scissors to their manes, until i’m ready to snip all of my hair off too.
big chopping after growing out your hair is not really a novel idea – single white females have been doing it all while waiting to exhale. and like the movies show us, the act can surely awaken a sleeping giant – an inner short-haired goddess if you would, that thrives off of short hair if you succumb to the six inch and under club. maybe it’s time you found out who you are with short hair. maybe it’s time i found out again who i am with short hair. at the end of the day, everybody deserves to feel like grace jones at least one time in their lives.