Natural Hair and Fashion Enthusiast

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Do You Need to Have a Big Chop?

When most people think about going natural, one of the first things that often comes to mind is having a 'big chop'. A big chop, as the name suggests, simply means cutting off the damaged parts of your hair or even shaving everything off completely so new healthy hair can grow.

But the thought of chopping off your hair, even if it's damaged, can be scary and perhaps unnecessary. Do you really need a big chop or is it a gimmick attached to so many people's hair journey?

two white roses beside scissors

Did I have a big chop?

Back when I decided to get my damaged hair back on track, the first major thing I did was get rid of my dead hair. It's safe to say that within one strand about half of the hair was completely frazzled upwards and even my roots were damaged - but I wasn't prepared to go bald! I went to the hairdressers and had the biggest cut of my life, I didn't actually realise how short it was until it was fully dry.

It was probably level with the bottom of my chin and I looked like a mixed race Shirley Temple, but I knew it had to be done. For me, I saw no point starting my healthy hair regime with dead hair, it would slow down my results and waste a whole lot of time too.

What are the benefits of a big chop?

As I mentioned, one of the main reasons many people opt for a big chop it to remove all of the damaged hair. Getting rid of your breakage means you're only working with the parts of your hair, which will react a lot better to the products you apply. It also makes maintenance a lot easier, and most importantly, allows you to rediscover your natural texture that's been hiding under all of the damage.

What type of chop should I have?

Having a big chop doesn't necessarily mean you need to cut everything off at once, it depends what you're comfortable with and the extent of the damage. You can cut of the majority of the damage all at once with a curly pixie cut, or gradually have the length of your hair trimmed over several months. If your hair is very damaged then a big chop is probably a quicker and more effect way of getting back on track, but you also need to change the way you care for your hair.

Is a big chop all i need?

While a big chop is great, this alone won't revive your curls. It's important that you really put effort into making your hair healthy again. A big chop or trim will tackle a lot of the damage and give you a 'clean slate', however, there are several other thing you can do to aid growth and generally get your hair back on track, including:
  • Regular hair treatments and deep conditioning
  • Finding the right styling products for your hair
  • Wearing protective styles
  • Moisturising your scalp

For me, I believe cutting any amount of damaged hair is a practical way of starting your journey. It's normal to feel anxious, but with a little time and dedication you can take the first step in finding your beautiful curls again!

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