It is called THE BIG CHOP.
The big chop is the act of taking your natural hair journey from transitioning to officially 100% natural in a matter of minutes. Curl Centric defines the term big chop as the act of cutting off all of your relaxed hair, leaving only your beautiful new growth, which is natural hair.
Anyone who follows me on IG, and follows my stories saw how I put Haddish on blast in regards to cutting her hair off. First, let me say, I have never been a big fan of Tiffany Haddish. This woman did not just cut her hair she legit CHOPPED THAT SHIT OFF. SHE. IS. BALD.
Bald is never something I personally wanted to do but I seriously stood up and applauded Haddish for this bold move.
I was saddened to see that some people thought she was having Britney Spears moment. I remember when Britney had her moment and while I know nothing about Haddish, I knew this was not the same thing. After watching her IGTV videos, I knew right away. Haddish is a black woman who was just over all of the hair. At the time of her decision she had Locs (dreadlocs) for quarantine and was just over it.
I know a lot of women, white, black or purple spend a lot of time on their hair. But for black women it is such a chore. When I was still straightening my hair, my whole day would revolve around my hair. If I knew I had something to do in the afternoon, but wanted to go to the gym in the morning I really had to evaluate if I had the time to not only get to and from the gym, but to shower and allow enough time to do my hair. If I did not have the time, I just would not go to the gym. It’s crazy to think that was the case.
“Let’s just be honest, as a black woman — I don’t know about white women — but as a black woman, that’s a good hour to three hours of your f—king day. Even if your hair is braided, you gotta grease your scalp, you gotta tie ’em up at night, you gotta make sure they look neat, it’s a lot of work. So, I’m taking time off!”Tiffany Haddish
If it was going to rain, I used to panic. It would be really bad if it was going to rain and we had somewhere to go.
I stopped relaxing my hair YEARS ago, probably a good 10 years ago… easy. I have not protective styled my hair (braids, wigs, extensions) in an even longer amount of time – the trauma was real as a kid so I had every little interest as an adult in any of those styles. For most of my adult life I have just been flat ironing my hair like it is my job. Then Coronavirus came along and the stress of life just made me realized how much time I no longer wanted to spend on making my hair look like something that was not natural for it. So I just stopped.
The last few summers I have experimented with wearing my hair “out” but the looks and comments I got from my co-workers – the people I see everyday and only know me (and my hair) one day – really took a toll on me. It made me so uncomfortable. I was not ready. This summer…. I’m learning my twist and braid my TWA (teeny weeny afro). I am super grateful that I did not throw out the hair wraps I have.
While I have not actually “big chopped” (I have been slowly transitioning) there have been plenty of celebrities before Haddish that were tired of the bullshit and chopped their hair ( Sanaa Lathan, India Arie, Solange, and Erykah Badu just to name a few) and there will be plenty after her. I’m not sure why a woman being over society’s rules of what is beautiful and acceptable makes people question her mental health. For some of us, for the first time in our lives, we are in our right mind.