If you’re considering doing the big chop, you may be going through a wide range of emotions. Black women have a sacred attachment to our hair and it can be hard to see it all go. The good news is plenty of curly girls have gone through it and come out of the process looking and feeling great!

Take for instance our ESSENCE reader Catherine Dauphin.  Catherine decided she was finally ready to release the relaxer and the ESSENCE cameras were there to capture her big day.  Watch Catherine cut off her hair at Khamit Kinks salon in Brooklyn and begin her natural journey!