It’ll Grow Back, EVENTUALLY: My Big Chop Story Pt 2

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It’s been a month and eight days since I commenced in the BIG CHOP. Since then my hair has definitely had its ups and downs. The response that I’ve been getting from everyone, including men, has been nothing but positive. Self-confidence goes a long way and cutting my hair was a drastic move that left me thinking, “Will I still be comfortable with my look?,” “How will I accessorize now?,” “What if my boyfriend hates it and doesn’t find me attractive anymore?,” or “Who will I go to for a lining and taper?” Those were all things I thought about going through my first month. The first three questions were just pointless to worry about because of course, I loved my look. Everywhere I went, males and females would all say, “That haircut looks cute on you.” or “Did you just recently cut your hair because that look really fits you?” Even my boyfriend, till this day, still thinks I’m the finest thing walking on earth. If he didn’t I would’ve given him the boot, JUST KIDDING BAE!!

With short hair, accessorizing is a task. As I was growing up, my mother always told me that when your hair is pulled back from your face earrings feminize your look. To be honest, wearing earrings just make my ears look not so huge. I love big earrings, but with my hair cut I needed a bigger variety of earrings. So, I stopped by my favorite accessory store, Charming Charlie, to pick up a few new pieces. I have no shame going straight to the sale/clearance section of any store to find something new to add to my wardrobe. Shout-out to my mom for teaching me that looking stylish doesn’t have to break your pockets, unlike many in my generation who carry $300 bags and wear $200 shoes walking around with a dollar in their pocket. Going through this process, I’ve also tried lots of products including Shea Moisture, Mielle Organics, As I Am, and even Ogx Beauty. I loved everything except Mielle Organics. I was recommended to use their Honey and Ginger styling gel, which smells absolutely amazing, but left my hair feeling dry.

Recently, I was left in the worst of the worst situations. I went to the Salon Lofts of Orland Park looking for a barber or beautician that was skilled in doing linings and tapers. An eager woman standing in the hallway was ready for my money. When she was finished, her work didn’t look so bad at first glance. But when I stopped in front of a mirror and got a really good look I could’ve screamed! But I was in a place of business. My lining was egg-shaped and uneven, my taper was trash and my confidence dropped to my ankles. I cried when I glanced at myself in the mirror for the rest of the day. From the traumatic experience I learned to go to a barbershop regardless of my apprehension, and do not go to people whose work you aren’t familiar with. Funny thing is my mom got her hair done by the same woman and hated her service too. Luckily my regular beautician fixed it the next day, and although I’m not one hundred percent comfortable with my current look, it’s just hair. Eventually it’ll grow back.


By BreNae Scott, Senior, Alcorn State University

Instagram: @im_alikamarie

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