Transitioning vs Big Chop

So you’ve decided to give up on the creamy crack……welcome to natural hair therapy. Let’s get started.

When deciding to “go natural” the first decision of many revolves around how to rid your hair of the chemically processed ends. There are two methods commonly used once this journey of hair exploration begins: transitioning and big chop.

 

Transitioning

The method in which the use of hair relaxers cease and the hair grows naturally.  The permed ends are gradually cut from the hair. This is the preferred method because it allows for styling versatility almost immediately while retaining length as your natural hair grows. The disadvantage of this method is that it could take several months before being able to see your hair in its natural state from root to tip.

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Big Chop

The method in which all the permed ends are cut from the hair immediately and the use of hair relaxers cease. This method is least preferred but it allows for the natural texture of your hair to be visible and you are immediately able to assess how different products and ingredients work with your hair type. The disadvantage of this method is the lack of styling versatility and it may take several months before your hair reaches a desire length for styling.

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No matter what method you decide learning to care for your natural hair is the best self-exploration you can endure.

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