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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 This week (wow, week #9!) I am in love with how healthy and full my hair feels. My friends have said that every time they see me, my hair looks like its grown. It’s amazing how going natural has really given my hair the chance to grow like it wants to. I find myself starting to twirl my tiny curls while I’m in my thoughts throughout the day. I’m having so much fun with my new look and am also thankful that I’m not worrying about weaves and rainstorms during this hot NYC summer. When I stretch my curls out after a shower, it’s amazing to see how strong my strands have become. I keep saying how I want to change it, but I’m realizing that I don’t want to do anything that could cause permanent damage to my hair. So, TWA it is for the rest of the summer. My maintenance right now is very low and no way near time-consuming. I am however, curious what it will be like when my hair is longer. I should probably try to not take this stage for granted since I am in for the long haul. I am definitely nervous about figuring out what works best for my curls as well as hair styles that I can actually manage.


I was around 10-years-old when my hair was first relaxed. So, taking care of and styling natural hair is completely new for me. For those that grew out their hair, how was your transition period between growth phases? Was it hard to manage? -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 our YouTube video!


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