I peeped Miss Camille’s new ‘do on Instagram and immediately pinged her to send me more pics. Y’all know that I love 2nd Chops more than anything so I took the opportunity to snag an interview with this Bay Area Naturalista who just snipped off her locs for a fierce short style.
Cassidy: What inspired your 2nd chop?
Camille: I get bored easily with my hair and like to change it up. After having locs for a year, I was just ready for something different. I was also feeling very stressed and overwhelmed around that time. Cutting my locs, I felt, was a great way to release some of that negative energy. I cut all my locs off one random night sometime in April, and went to the barber the next day to fix it up. I have kept it short since.
Cassidy: What has the reaction been?
Camille: The reactions have been all positive, thankfully. Most of my friends and family have told me short hair really fits me and suits my face well. I have yet to receive any negative feedback.
Cassidy: How do you like the new look?
Camille: I love the new look! I feel like I’ve received more compliments with this look than any other style I’ve rocked before, including after my first big chop in 2008. I feel like I look a little more sophisticated, but funky at the same time. I love that I can rock it dressed up or dressed down, with little effort on my end.
Cassidy: What’s your regimen like now?
Camille: My regimen is a lot more fluid now that my hair is so short; I simply attend to it as needed. I wash my hair every week to a week and a half. I like to rotate between Trader Joe’s Tee Tree Tingle Shampoo, V05 Moisturizing Shampoo (passion-fruit smoothie), and Tresemme Color Protection Shampoo. After I rinse out the shampoo, I follow up with a conditioner. I switch between V05 Moisturizing Conditioner and Trader Joe’s Balanced Moisturizing Conditioner. After washing my hair, while it is still damp, I use a creamy leave-in and seal it in with an oil. Some of the leave-ins I use include Garnier Fruntis Sleek & Shine Conditioning Cream, Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave-in, and Oyin Handmade Hair Dew (my favorite). As for oils, I use a variety of kinds like olive, grapeseed, castor, and coconut. Throughout the week, I spritz my hair with a little water every morning and apply a little oil every other day.
Cassidy: Are you planning to keep it short or grow it out?
Camille: When I originally cut my locs in April, I had planned to grow it out. However, I fell in love with the way it looked short and have cut it three times since then. Also, as a full time student with two part time jobs, short hair works really well with my lifestyle and busy schedule. So I might keep it short for now until I get the urge to feel a handful of curls in my head again.
Cassidy: Anything else you’d like to add?
Camille: Since going natural in December of 2008, I have noticed a growth in the way I think about my natural hair. After my first big chop, I just really wanted it to grow. I longed to have that afro people avoided sitting behind in the theater. Because of my gravity-defying shrinkage, I would sometimes become discouraged by what seemed like snail-paced growth. Then I started my loc journey in March 2011 because I always wanted them and was ready to take the leap. In this journey, I was still slightly obsessed with attaining length and reaching certain length goals. Over the years I have just fallen in love with the texture of my hair, and the unique look of it. I’m now more concerned with it being healthy and looking fabulous at all times. At this point, I have no hair goals. I’m just loving my hair for what it is at the moment, and going with the flow. Thank you for this feature!
Be sure to keep in touch and follow Camille’s natural hair journey on her YouTube channel Natural Hair Care and Love!