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  • Writer's pictureBri-Rene

Stage 1: Surviving The Big Chop

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

January 21, 2018. After having stressful and frustrating transitioning phase of rocking box braids and faux locs. One Friday night I came home from work on day and went straight into the bathroom with a pair of scissors. I was on a ROLL and you literally could not tell me anything to stop me..hell, I couldn't tell myself anything! This was a Nappily Ever After moment before she was even aired, minus the crying and the fresh breakup...that was like 2 years prior.

So I'm snipping and snipping for about 30 minutes, by the time I was

finished cutting my faux locs I looked a WRECK. I texted my barber and said “this is an emergency! Can you please take me tomorrow?” He responded, "yes".


The next morning I got my hair tapered and the new me was revealed.

Being a true Virgo, I really needed about a week to adjust and adapt to this new look. But as my life would have it, I needed to report to work within the next 48 hours. So, I'm thinking to myself, “Why didn’t I do this crazy shit on a holiday?” My anxiety was on 10 as I was prepping for this big reveal a work.

Monday morning came, and I was so extremely nervous. I remember walking up a flight of stairs and becoming more winded than normal. I seriously could not breathe when I got to the top of the stairs. I opened the door and was anticipating the reaction of the first person I would bump into a possibly mortify. Long story short…no pun intended, everyone at my job loved it! After the initial gasp and jaw drop came a smile. I had just survived my first day a liberated free black girl.


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