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Timi before

Timi before


There has only been one other time in my life when I had short hair. When I was 6 or 7 years old, I had a bald fade. Don't ask me why, I honestly have no idea. The next time I had short hair again was June 20, 2009, when I did my big chop. I had just turned 20 and I was still trying to figure out who I was. I was still an occasionally awkward and shy college student.

As I sat in that barber chair, as the chunks of hair fell to the ground, I realized that I could no longer hide behind my hair. Gone were the days where I could hide beneath the swoop of my side bangs. My neck had no covering. My ears had no more canopy. My eyebrows had no protective neighbors. I was naked, with no hair to hide behind.

Without hair surrounding my face, I saw my face for the first time. I saw the bright eyes of an eager learner. The straight nose of a inquisitive explorer. The full mouth of an enthusiastic entertainer. The scars of a bashful do-gooder. I was seeing myself naked for the first time and I liked what I saw.

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Nice. I finally did my BC last week. I was nervous and didn't know what to expect but afterwards I felt so liberated and beautiful. Yet, I simply like to switch my looks up. So, some days I rock my TWA others I rock a protective wig. For women, our hair is connected to our spirit. When we cut our hair it usually has a deeper meaning. For me, cutting lifeless hair meant letting go of the past, embracing and loving myself completely, and looking forward to a fresh start. I know I'm on the path to a brighter future!
Beautifully written. All of us who have done the BC can relate. Awesome reflection!
I completely agree! It sounds a little extreme but I do believe a big chop changes your entire perspective. It will revolutionize your concept of beauty.
My hair is 2a (basically) and is very dark. I used to dye it all sorts of funny colors for kicks so I frequently found myself shaving my head to start all over. So I know exactly what you mean about hiding behind your hair. I'm doing shoulder length now because it's lower maintenance for me than super short. Yet, I highly recommend most women cut all their hair off just once in their life. It's amazing how liberating it is to learn to love your whole self the way you describe.

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