Any naturalista who's gone for the big chop
knows the exciting — and terrifying — feeling of starting from scratch... and then the inevitable grow-out phase that comes after. That's what Ryen Williams, a producer at Refinery29
, is going through right now. "I've been cutting my hair since 2006, and even then, I still had a relaxer," Williams says. "Finally, I decided to go natural in 2010 and start fresh with a chop. Now, I just struggle with the middle stage. Instead of allowing it to grow, I would just go to my barber and have him cut it super short, then color it blonde."