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  /Editor’s Note/ Ever thought of taking the leap and going natural– but didn’t know what to expect? Our Big Chop Contributor (aka Big Chop Diva), Shaz Taylor who recently went natural, shares her #bigchop experience with you, freely and openly each Wednesday. Here’s what she had to say this week.xo.Joy Humidity 1, Shaz 0. With the official start of summer finally here, my tresses have become rebellious during my morning routine. What was once an easy 10-minute routine has now become an earth-shattering race against the clock to fight unmanageable frizz. Every day this week, I've found myself standing in front of my air conditioner to battle the frizz. While getting ready for work, I remove excess water from my hair with an old t-shirt and lightly massage a deep conditioner into my hair. I then apply a light mousse to my growing ringlets and pray for the curls to dry quickly and hold throughout the day. The newest challenge that I am facing is learning the ability to let go of what I think natural 'should' look like and instead, embrace my hair for better or for worse.  I need to embrace my 'fro while waiting for the subway on a steamy day, embrace my curls during a brief summer storm and embrace the fact that every morning my growing hair will be shaped in my sleep to look like a cone when I first roll out of bed. (Does this happen to anyone else?) I’ve read plenty of stories about the many trials and tribulations of the hair journey after the big chop. There will be days when your hair will outsmart you and this week has been a TKO. I can’t help but laugh at this stage of my hair being affected by the recent change in humidity. To be completely honest, if I took my hair too seriously, I would have never been brave enough to go natural.


Going natural is a journey of patience, persistence and recently, humility. Loving my hair one day won’t keep me from hating it another. It’s just about enjoying the ride, no matter how tangled it can get. -Shazmin Big Chop Diva You can also find me on Shaz is wearing: ASOS crop top / Urban Outfitters skirt + cat eye shades (Obsessed with these!!!) / Curlsistas midi rings available now! Lipstick: MAC Magenta lipliner + Makeup Forever #36 lipstick  Photography/Makeup/Hair/Styling: Joy Adaeze


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/Editor's Note/We used NYC Cosmetics colored mascara in blue and purple to achieve this dope ombre look! We'll be doing a YouTube video to show how we did it, but in the meantime here's some quick tips.xo.Joy

1. Make a side part in your hair using a rat tail comb and brush

2. Start by applying the blue mascara onto the top part of the hair as seen in photo. Hold the hair at the tip while applying and be careful not to get hair tangled in mascara wand!

3. Add some blue mascara on the outside perimeter of the hair.

4. Add the purple mascara on the inside as seen in photo and you're all set!

5. Mascara washes off fingers in a snap and washes out of hair easily! This is perfect for quick color for a day : )

Stay tuned for your YouTube video!


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