considering the “big chop”?

                                         

Going natural from a perm, considering doing the big chop, transitioning from relaxed hair to natural curls. If you just made the big chop, what do you do next, or if you are still transitioning is the big chop necessary?

It is a big decision for many napptural women who have decided they want to wear their hair natural. Styling hair and using the right products is crucial for your natural hair journey. When should you do the big chop?

This is the question asked once you start to notice all your new growth is now thick and coily while the rest of your hair or the ends are straight and limp. No matter how long you wait for this to happen you will finally get to the point where your hair will start to break due to the different textures because they do not work well together.

Can I go to a natural hair salon to get my big chop?

You do not have to do your big chop yourself you can get it professional done, or if you are brave enough to do it yourself you can just get a pair of sissors and start snipping away. It is a time to cut off all the damaged permed and chemically treated hair.

While I was on Youtube looking at videos of many women who had the big chop one of the things they all agreed on was that after having such length in their hair it was a little shocking to see themselves with a TWA teeny weeny afro. It gave them a better appreciation for themselves and their hair because now they knew that they have beautiful curly locs.

Styling Natural Hair with a Headband

Using headbands on your hair while you are rocking a natural hairstyle is so fashionable and cute. It can take any style from twists, locs, afro puff or banti knots and make it look tight and right. Now the ones you want to use are the ones that are ouchless of course,

which just means they are made out of a stretchy and elastic type fabric. It comes in multi colors and adds that flare we all crave.

Headbands can be dressed up with flowers and barrets and mini clips. So you can accessories with your outfits and mood of the day.

Most styling gels will make thick unruly curly coily kinky hair wavy when you apply a generous amount in he palm of your hand and glide it over you hair working it from front to back then brushing it down for maximum hold.

Transitioning from Relaxer Do I have to cut my hair?

Many times you will find information on the web that talk about how you have to cut your hair and rock a twa tiny weeny afro in order to grow natural hair, but what if you are transitioning from a relaxer and you do not want to cut your hair off? can you still manage to have natural curls?

The simple answer is that many have decided to retain the length of their hair as it grows out, the problem starts to occur when the new growth is strong and curly and the relaxed hair is straight and weak so it results in much breakage.

How to avoid breakage while transitioning from a relaxer

In order to minimize breakage you will need to first use a moisturizing leave in conditioner along with a protective hairstyle.

So this may require that you wear your hair up in twists, braids or secure buns for months at a time, and when you take your hair down to wash it or condition it, pay special attention to the ends of the hair, use a wide tooth pick and use your fingers to detangle, try to protect the permed sections as much as you can.

A styling gel used by many curly heads is IC Fantasia styling gel because of its hold and nice results from natural hairstyles.

Styling my hair after the big chop

Finding hairstyles for you new look is possible if you just look around at websites that have photo galleries of natural hairstyles, some of the more popular looks is the straw set and the twists and locs.

Many napptural women are able to start rocking their natural hair soon after getting it cut just like Tru as she takes us on her natural hair journey she uses styling gel and castor oil to define the curls and bring out the shine, you can check out her look in the video.

Two strand twists can be easily done on short natural hair by parting your hair in sections and then using Clear Gel IC to lock the hair in at the ends.

To add a little style you can use a ouch free headband to go around the front and you are ready to go. Using gel at first works with slicking down the edges and temples adding waves and manageability to your natural hairstyle.

What I like about two strand twists is the versatility of wearing you hair after you take them down, because they add texture curl and style.

Transitioning How long before the big chop?

Is it necessary to cut all off your hair when transitioning from relaxed hair? It may depend on the person, if you are used to having long hair it could be a challenge, some have found that wearing protective styles helps while their hair grows out, if you choose to keep your new growth blown out with straight iron or flat iron may make it easier to deal with the difference in textures.

Straight ends have a higher risk of breaking against the curls at the roots. Moisture is going to be your friend, it will also be best to wash hair and condition hair while it is still in plats, this will help keep the hair from tangling. 

Cutting your hair is your independent decision, not everyone chooses to have the big chop when deciding to go natural, it will take an adjustment from long straight hair to short curly or kinky hair.

 

*information via hubpages.com*

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