Should I Big Chop Or Transition?
So you decided to go natural, but haven’t yet decided how. You’re wondering if you should big chop or transition into this natural hair journey. One option seems intimidating while the other option will take forever. How do you decide what to do? Let’s talk about a few things that you should consider before committing to one or the other.
You’re impatient. If you’re the type of person who wants to get things done quickly, the big chop is for you. You dive head-first into natural life, and you don’t have to deal with any of the frustration that comes with waiting. You immediately get to apply everything you learned, and get results faster than if you transitioned.
You’re frugal. Here’s a big money-saving tip: START LEARNING EARLY! The sooner you know what products work best for you, the more money you will save. The Big chop allows you to see your unaltered curl pattern and discover your hair porosity.
Both will change over time, but at least you’ll get a general idea of what to expect. This will also help you find YouTubers that have similar hair characteristics as yours, and you can use the products they recommend instead of searching around. This saves you a lot of time, money, and energy.
You need a confidence boost. One of the good and bad things about the Big Chop is that it takes you out of your comfort zone. You have to get used to a completely new look and help others get used to it too. It forces you to have thick skin because you will receive questions and judging looks. However, once you get used to your hair, nobody will be able to tell you anything negative.
You want health and length. Not all big chops leave people with super short hair. However, you still might not want to lessen your length. For a lot of people, the length change that comes with the big chop can be too much to handle. Even if you’re ok with short hair, people around you might have an issue with it.
If you decide to transition out of fear that somebody won’t like your hair, that’s understandable. Use this time to learn how to take care of your hair and gather as much information as you can. That way, you’ll have full confidence in your ability, and you won’t be bothered by people who haven’t gotten used to your natural hair yet.
However, keep in mind that your length with straight hair won’t look the same when it’s natural. Shrinkage is real, so 10 inches of coily or curly hair won’t look as long as 10 inchess of straight hair.
You hate rushing. Natural hair care can be a lot when you’re just starting out, so take your time to get used to it. Use this time to develop a routine and try out different styles.'
The transitioning period is a great time to protective style because it allows you to shift into the mindset you need to have in order to have a successful healthy hair journey. The one thing you don’t want to do is cut your hair before you’re ready. So take your time, and do things at your own pace.
Let me know if you transitioned or big chopped, and why. If you’re still thinking about going natural, which method do you want to do?
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