Have You Been To A Natural Mixer Or Big Chop Party?

by Brande Victorian

A while back I was looking for a salon to go to in Brooklyn. After faithfully patronizing Dominican shops, I felt I needed a once-over with a black stylist and I came across one salon with gallery photos that included a big chop party that was held there. A woman had decided to go natural and she wanted her friends to be there with her, so on a chosen day, all of the ladies came together to support their friend’s new hair journey with food, drinks, love, and laughter right in the shop.

Fast forward some time later and I’ve come across a lot of events that have been held for natural-haired women, and not necessarily just to share hair tips but to share experiences with coming into their own as women and accepting their natural beauty from head to toe. Atlanta Naturals is a group down south that regularly hosted social events and big chop parties last year, and even started an online newsletter to keep naturalistas in the ATL up on the latest big chopping in the city. Two sisters in Michigan have also just started a movement called Naturally Flyy Detroit, that affectionately holds “group hugs for hair.” The sisters started the organization to educate girls at a very young age about the damage getting relaxers too early can do to your hair and your self-esteem and they’re helping older women realize it’s never too late to go natural.

Though women who do break free from chemical styling often say it’s “just hair” when they cut their locks off, the physical and emotional transformation they go through afterword proves it’s a lot more. These local natural hair groups seem to be stepping in to fill the void when women have read all they can on blogs and need to spend time in the presence of other like-minded and similarly hair styled ladies and that seems pretty cool.

Have you attended a natural hair mixer or big chop party? How was the experience?

  • http://summerrobinson.wordpress.com Summer Robinson

    I have never been to a big chop party, but I woulda looooved to have one when I took the plunge. What a great idea!

  • Candy 1

    I have never been to a mixer. When I first stopped straightening my hair, I always wanted to go so I could buy and support goods from local sellers, but I never made it. The newness of wearing my own texture has worn off, so I’m not that interested anymore.

  • mamareese

    Im natural 8yrs strong. Why do we need to make an event outta this? Clip them deadends and move on. Next they’ll be having weave parties, gurl my new growth party….ew chile my first twistout party…..Lawd I can pull it in a ponytail party.

  • Pampam

    You totally missed the point of this article….
    Please take your time to read and understand an article before making a stupid comment! Yikes!

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    @ mamareese,

    loooooool!!! You never fail to make me laugh!!!

    I like the sisterhood aspect of these parties, doe!

  • Dreaming

    No, I haven’t.

  • http://keipinit100.wordpress.com Akeia

    I’m part of a meetup group here in Miami which meets every month to discuss different topics and to help with any problems women may experience with their hair. I’m going to my first big natural hair mixup on the 19th and am super excited about it! There are plenty of natural hair groups all around if you look for them (check meetup.com). And if you don’t have one in your area you can start it yourself. It’s nice to be able to have a support group when you need help.

  • mamareese

    @PamPam

    Honey, I’ll bust up in here yelling about purple skittles and flip fops if I want to! I did happen to read the whole article and felt inclined to give my two cents. Last I heard, there is nothing wrong with someone sharing a comment or opinion on this forum. However, the is a way to be mature and repsectful when you disagree with someone comments.

  • Syd

    I thought that she was very respectful and mature in her response to your not very uplifting, rude comment, you on the other hand, not so much!

  • mamareese

    @Syd

    Me making a comment that hurt no one is rude? Hm ok whatever. Not like I’m taking it back….but clearly the defintion of Rude needs to be reviewed by some. Let’s be clear, I never said it was rude and I fully respect her right to her comments…HOWEVER I said there is a way to be mature and repsectful when you disagree with someone comments. Don’t try to come for me over something so petty as an opinion or you’ll be fighting EVERYONE all day cause we all got them.

  • C

    @Mamareese

    ____________________D.E.A.D________________…….LMAO. So true.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    It sounds like fun. People celebrate all sorts of nonsense, I don’t know why people are getting their panties in a bunch over this one.

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