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I understand that you were scared to do a big chop. Microtrims as you go along are a good way to go about it.
I wonder if one way to wear your hair curly is to do a braid-out? Secrets to a Mean Braid Out! | Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Natural Hair Care
I've never done one myself, but I know folks who are transitioning find it useful to give their hair some shape. Also, that Curly Nikki blog is really great.