The big chop for any woman is a huge hair change. Whether you’re coming from always having long healthy hair, transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, trying to repair hair damage, going through an early mid-life crisis or just simply wanting a change, hair can be very much a focal point in a woman’s beauty and life. Now, of course, we are not our hair but for many, hair is a crown & a treasure to nourish. So, a big chop will certainly mean different things to different people. Personally, this big chop simply signified a life change, rather than a hair texture change.
After having been relaxed throughout the years, the initial intentions weren’t of embarking on a natural hair journey, although inadvertently I started on one anyway, since I don’t intend on using relaxers in the future.
THE BEGINNING & NEW BEGINNINGS
The earlier days of my hair journey involved some adventure, with a lot of colour dying and manipulation. But I was still able to maintain a rich shine and long healthy hair with regular treatments, conditioners and trims. After reaching lengths of approx. 20″, a bob cut followed in March 2015, this triggered the start of scissor-happy hands.
Fast forward exactly one year later and I embarked on a huge hair change with the big chop. With no thought behind it, no style ideas, no image concerns, and just the liberty of choice and some scissors, I cut away in my bathroom one evening. Feeling liberated and fresh, I then made the decision to save the cut-off hair, all 16 inches of it.
Now, not every big chop requires cutting to the roots, some people allow their natural hair to grow alongside their processed hair, through transitioning, before cutting off all the processed hair. Regardless, after any big chop, the new hair journey will be different for every woman. Deciding whether to keep it short and cut it again or let it grow out will depend on your desired outcome. But ultimately, it’s all about your happiness and healthy hair, no matter the length.
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