Considering the Big Chop? 4 Tips for Black Hair Going Natural
Jul 20, 2012 | Comments 0
When you’re making the decision to return your hair to its natural state you have two primary options: transitioning or cutting. The latter, known in the natural hair community as ‘the Big Chop’, is the fastest way to achieving 100% natural hair. Though it may not always suit everyone, going through with the Big Chop can be one of the most incomparable moments on your natural hair journey.
Here are 4 tips for doing the big chop:
Just Do It!
It’s hair and it WILL grow back. Most of the women who have went through with a Big Chop, will tell you that it’s the most liberating feeling a woman can have. There’s something about the Big Chop that makes you own your natural! When you’ve made the decision to go natural, there’s nothing to it but to do it!
This is a quite drastic personal decision that you have to be sure you want to make. Ask your friends, your stylist and other curlies about their experience and for any advice they’d give to a new natural. Though some may or may not understand or agree with your decision, but it’s good to keep them in the know. Don’t be discouraged by any negative reactions; you’re doing this for you. Who knows, you may be the influencing factor for someone you know to go natural too!
Apart of being prepared is starting a hair journal too. You can also record length checks within this journal so that you can track your growth as well.
Keep it Simple!
The best thing you can do is keep things simple with your routine and product use. You don’t have to use a ton of products to get your TWA looking right. Since your hair is newly natural, you may not need much beyond a good shampoo, conditioner and a moisturizer.
Using only a few products at a time will also let you figure out what works and what doesn’t. To see what works, use products consistently for three to four weeks.
The TWA stage goes by rather fast after your Big Chop, so now is your opportunity to enhance your current style or create a new one! Once you are comfortable in your own skin and with your new hair after the Big Chop, your confidence will radiate through your style. So go ahead, buy some fly earrings or other accessories that will highlight your face and fabulous hair!
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