The Big Chop: One Reader's Natural Hair Journey

The Big Chop: One Reader’s Natural Hair Journey

BIANCA-coverPhoto: Youtube

Remember when Solange made her big chop back in 2009 and went on Oprah to talk about why she felt more liberated than ever? Four years ago, Solange set the Internet abuzz and naturalistas have been embracing their hair more and more ever since. We’re not saying that women didn’t rock their natural locks before, but it did mark an era where more women finally felt the urge to knock over society’s so-called hair standards: many decided to let go of their weaves and relaxers and wear their hair in its natural state. Today, most of us find ourselves oohing and aahing at twist outs on Pinterest and Instagram in a way we likely never imagined a decade ago.

Bianca Alexa recently reached out to us to share her natural hair journey and we thought it would serve as great inspiration to those of you who are considering making the big chop (and she can share hair tips to those of you who are already natural!) Bianca had been coloring and relaxing her hair for practically her entire life and after suffering extreme damage to her strands, she decided to stop relaxing her hair in April 2011. In March 2012, she made the big chop and has been natural ever since.  A year and a half later and Bianca’s hair couldn’t be more gorgeous! Check out her natural hair journey below:

To get more hair tips and inspiration from Bianca, check out her Youtube channel at simplybiancaalexa.


  • d.

    What makes it so much of a big deal because you wear your hair natural. Okay, good for you.

    • IAJS

      She is sharing information for people that may want to go natural but are not sure.

  • ajustinmoore

    I wish black women could be as concerned with what’s IN their head as they are what’s ON their heads… FYI, I don’t use any chemicals in my hair, have naturally curly hair much like the pictured model…curls maybe a bit bigger. But I digress… I am SO sick of black women coming up to me, asking me what products I use, telling me I have a texturizer, questioning my ethnicity, then telling me I’m white but don’t know it, demanding to touch my hair, getting an attitude if I tell them no..! Articles and blogs like this are the bane of my existence! Seriously! I HATE this crap!!! Either you’re featuring women wearing afro wigs/braids/twists or featuring women who have a very specific ‘natural’ hair texture that has more to do with genetics than it’ll ever have to do with hair products. smh… For the record, ladies, you will NOT be able to achieve this hair unless it’s in your DNA to do so. Be happy with what you have, learn to work with it, love yourselves, & that is all.

    • TNI

      Wow, so much hate. I thought the video was very positive, uplifting and inspirational. And for the record, she didn’t mention one hair product in the entire video. She’s gorgeous and her hair is gorgeous. End of story….

    • shaking my head

      I agree with TNI…you’re being conceited and self-centered. It’s not all about you and your hair. Black women are not the only women concerned with hair….most women are regardless of ethnicity. Black women have a unique relationship with their hair given what the greater society is constantly telling them about their natural hair texture. One point is right, often the model is what’s depicted when talking about ‘natural hair’ for black women. This again is a societal expectation telling black women that if your not straight and silky then perfectly curly and silky…just not kinky. Maybe your anger should be directed at the larger media…It can be very difficult to embrace one’s own beauty when one is so far from what society is defining as beauty. If you don’t see this complex relationship….then you’re just a silly, simply woman participating in this cycle and attempting to shame black women. -get over yourself.

      • shaking my head

        btw….the blogs etc that are the “bane of your existence” is the only venue Black women have for learning how to care for their hair….as you may have noticed there aren’t commercials, infomercials, or many salons teaching this. I would say this movement is a testament to resiliency. Man…stupidity encapsulated in narcissism and self-righteousness so aggravates me.

    • Megan

      Wtf is wrong with you. You gave your bitter self a thumbs up didn’t you? It kills me when black people complain about other black people. Then when white people make a spectical out of us its just curiosity. Bish please take a chill pill.

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  • leelah

    Beautiful video. I love seeing black women of all different backgrounds doing these videos. What a beautiful display of our African Diaspora.

  • Megan

    Lord she did alot to her hair in the past. I’m not sure about her, some people always have sticky fingers for cool hair styles that involve chemicals. I think her hair is awesome now but I can tell she is still a hair fashion junkie underneath. I saw even after damaging periods she still couldnt lay off until now. My hair is always been fine so I have never had chemicals in my hair but once. I have so many natural friends that go from relaxer, blow dry, flat iron and dye junkies to natural all to get bord and go back to their bad habits once their natural hair takes off.

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  • Real Black Woman

    It is annoying when you keep seeing the “3” range of ‘natural’ girls glorified over and over. Would she have been that excited if she was a 4C?? Would they even have profiled her hair journey: NO.