One you chop you just can’t stop

I’ve spent the last month wavering back and forth between the big decision that seems to plague me every couple months: Cut or grow? BAA or TWA? Crop or Crown?

I knew I needed a simple trim so I made a last minute appointment with my stylist Marie of Madusalon in San Francisco. The issue is, last minute appointments don’t work so well for a lady whose signature curly cuts book out a month in advance.

We were crunched for time in a serious way.

As a result, I decided that I simply wanted to go natural.

“Go natural?” you say. Yes, go natural, as in ditch the color and the crazy cuts, I wanted a short cropped do and my own natural color.

The result is just that, a short cropped do featuring Lola au naturel!


Well, kind of.

The remaining blonde highlights will have to go pretty soon, but you get the point.


Wanna know the other point? Of course you do.


There is just something so simple, chic and pure about having a minimalist ‘do.

Saying that my hair is easy to style is an understatement. It takes a matter of seconds and I’m done! I will say that I am having a bit of a challenge in finding the appropriate combination of products that coax my curls out of hiding. It seems that my hair likes different products at every different length and right now we’re seeing a renaissance of GELS. Stay tuned for how that evolves.


You may notice that I’ve been rocking a side part with the look, a style note I pinched from my lifelong bestie (and BIRTHDAY GIRL) Phallon, who added one to HER big chop a few months ago. It’s a super simple addition, but one that adds a level of sophistication and refinement to the new crop. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post when I do a tutorial on how I get the part (and make it STAY!)

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  1. My hair twin! I am older than you, but our hair has the same “springies,” and my natural color is over 70% white/gray. My second chop was a couple of months ago and my struggle was in deciding whether or not to deal with the white/gray hair. I also was dealing with the issues of femininity and long hair and constant hair drama. Two months ago, I cut off 5 years of growth (with frequent trimming) to what was then bra-strap, hennaed, white, brown, black and God knows what else, hair that I took no joy in. I ended up wiggin’ it for a while. Two weeks ago, I went to the salon and had my butchering job properly trimmed to what is is today, a very short TWA. Still struggling a bit, but everyday I love it more. I came across your site today and I love your hair (One Dress, Infinite Styles: what I wore to Curls, Curves & Cocktails). I will be growing it to that length which is perfect for ease and gorgeousness! I know we black girls are some fearlessly strong sisters! Keep it real!

  2. I agree! I cut mine down, new barber didn’t do well so I kinda wanna go down further. Your Lola looks sharp.

  3. Love it!

  4. Beautiful cut!!! I chopped off my 8 years of length last month and I luvvv the freedom and low maintenance…

  5. Such a great post! I just found your blog from Chys Curlz. I have been natural for 13 years, most of the time rocking a TWA, I get bored and try to grow it out but I’m always disappointed. I always come back to a big chop/TWA and feel most confident when I wear one. Your Chop Chop series was wonderful and very helpful to hear why others choose to keep it short. My hair texture looks at it’s best short, my curls come alive and it looks full. I have fine this hair, so the longer it gets it is not a lush afro. Thanks so much for your blog, and I LOVE your side parted TWA!

  6. Hi Cassidy,

    It’s me, Tracy! Well, after seeing your hair at the Eden BodyWorks event, I finally decided to do a second chop and my first BIG chop last Friday. I’m going back tomorrow because it’s not short enough – I missed my short hair.

    I, too, am struggling with coaxing my curls to come out and play. I’ll stay tuned to see if you have any tips and tricks.

    See you in July,

  7. Ok I’m seriously loving these simple earrings on the top of this post. Where can I find such zen in earrings? do tell. Yeah…I want to see more of this.

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