The big chop is one of the two ways to go natural. The big chop is cutting all of your relaxed hair off and only working with your natural hair (or really your new growth or the hair that isn’t relaxed but isn’t quite your natural texture). It make the journey somewhat easier since you will be only working with one texture and it’s kind of liberating as you leave your relaxed hair and old lifestyle behind. I did it and did it before I knew what it was called but as I embarked on that new journey so many years ago I really didn’t take care of my hair and ended up big chopping again. I’m not the first to do it and if you are on hair forums enough you know there are plenty of other naturals who have done two or even three big chops.
Why BC more than once? What’s the appeal or why must you consider it? It’s a choice for the most part for the first time but why for the 2nd or 3rd? It may be necessary for the health of your tresses or maybe you just wanna try something new. Whatever the reason there are times when it’s a vital part of keeping your hair and your sanity at its healthiest.
Your Hair is Severely Damaged
It can happen even when natural. I know many feel that only relaxed women have damaged hair but that isn’t true or fair for that matter. There are plenty of women with healthy relaxed hair who take care of it and keep it at optimal shape. If you have bad hair habits your hair will suffer regardless if it’s natural or relaxed. There are so many women who think going natural will miraculously solve their bad hair problems but if you neglect your tresses when relaxed or natural your hair will suffer. Heat damage, chemical damage from color, texturizers, or wearing wigs and weaves too long…all of these are reasons for a natural to want to BC again and revamp her hair and techniques.
You Are Looking For a New Do
Got long hair and want a big change? Chop it off! It’s a great way to try something new and exciting and there are so many sexy things to do with a TWA. Color it, dress it up with accessories, rock turbans, scarves and funky headbands or just rock it au naturale. There are so many cute styles that Lupita has rocked this year with her TWA and never added hair so if you can think outside the box and want to have some fun this summer, doing the BC again may be the outlet you’ve been looking for.