July 8th was the day. I get a call from one of the All Tressed Up Queens - Nicole Edison. She spoke two words - "I'm ready." Well folks, our Queen Nicole Edison was ready for her Big Chop! I was elated! She was wearing a curly 'piece' for quite some time and just wanted to let it all go. And guess who did the honors? That's right!!! All Tressed Up, baby!
Having been natural for a while, I can still remember the feeling when I did my big chop. It is so emotional. After a shampoo and deep condition, I began to chop it up with the shears first. We still had not arrived at our final destination. As the hair began to dry I opted to go for the clippers with Nicole supporting every move. I watched as this beautiful spirit emerged.
Let me tell you, I saw this woman go through emotions of beauty uncertainty to pure confidence. I am honored to have witnessed and have been a part of such a beautiful transformation. To me, one of the most beautiful things is when a person accepts the raw self - the true being - unaltered. I witnessed this Queen accept herself as is and take a deep breath of 'I Love Me'. Her inner light was a mere flicker at first and then it radiated from the inside out.
Her description of this whole ordeal: Liberating. Congratulations, Queen. Thank you.
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