When I did the BIG chop and began my natural hair journey back in 2007 I did not feel liberated. I had been growing my hair out all summer and come August I let my college roommate cut my hair. She had dreads and was into all the natural things. I was like oh she knows what shes doing. She cut my hair and I think I was delusional about how much my hair had grown. I was like uh no ma'am get some braids ASAP. Me and short hair do not mix. My curls are coily and TIGHT...shrinkage is a b*tch!