Big Chop vs Transitioning

So you’ve decided to go Natural….You go girl! It’s The best decision that you could have made for your hair. “Now what,” you say?  You have to decide if you will do the Big Chop or Transition. When I made my decision as you all know, I did the BC. It was very liberating I must say! In this post I will give you the pros and cons of both and why I decided to do the Big Chop. I will also make suggestions for products to use.

Big Chop

Pros

Texture – Once you cut your relaxer hair off all that will be left is your natural curl pattern. Your hair has to be cut right below the line of demarcation to make sure that all of the relaxer is gone. Having one texture makes styling easier.

Low Maintenance – Short natural hair just requires a few things: Shampoo/ Cowash, conditioner, water, gel or cream based product and moisturizer. You can cowash your hair daily if you like. When my hair was this short I loved As I Am Coconut CoWash as a cleansing conditioner. I also used Hydratherma Naturals Moisturizing Boosting Shampoo and Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment on my wash days.  After you wash then add a small amount of product.  I used these three Hydratherma Naturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion,  Hydratherma Naturals Protein Balance Leave-In Conditioner and Hydratherma Naturals Hair Growth Oil to make my curls pop. When I rocked my TWA (teeny weeny afro) I also used The Original BLUE Hair Sponge NUDRED  to make my hair curl.

No weather worries – When I was relaxed I was upset when my hair got wet from the rain because I knew it would destroy my style. I also would probably have to wash it and re-curl/ style. With a TWA rain just moisturizes it. Thank God for rain!

Cons

Don’t like short hair – If you have never worn your hair short the Big Chop might be an issue. I personally love short hair and I feel that anyone can rock it with the proper style. If you cringe at the thought of short hair then transitioning my be a better option for you.

Style Options – When you first do your BC you only have one style. You can add some head bands or other hair accessories but you still have one style option.  After I cut my hair I wore Beaded Elastic Headband like these.

Family Reactions – When I first cut my hair I was called boy and Brillo pad head; my family was brutal. Now those same folks are asking me what I use on my hair. They are also giving me compliments. So if family approval Is your deciding factor you have two options: Cut your hair anyway or transition. I would advise you to follow your gut, not their reactions.

Transitioning

Pros

Time – When transitioning you can take as much time as you need before exposing your natural hair. Some people go as long as 2 years before wearing their natural hair out. They keep their hair in protective styles while waiting for it to grow.

Style Options – The styles possibilities are endless when you decide to transition. You can wear braids, sew-ins, crochet braids or wigs. You can also wear scarves or the slap. In the pic on the right I had crochet braids.  I loved them as a protective style.img_4088-1

Cons

Texture – The biggest problem with transitioning is hair textures. As I said previous texture can also be a good thing. Yes I said textures with an s. You have your straight relaxed hair and then you have your new growth which is probably very curly or wavy. Sometimes if you wait to long or do not properly care for your hair it will cause breakage.