Monday, 16 July 2012

Before you do the Big Chop… Steps you need to take


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I realised that before a lot of ladies who want to go natural cut their hair, they hardly prepare themselves for that next phase. This is analogous to taking a leap over a wall without looking over the fence to have an idea of what to expect. Not advisable at all. Below are a few things we suggest you do before taking that bold step to cut you hair and going natural.

KNOW EXACTLY WHY YOU ARE GOIN NATURAL.
Are you going natural because it is currently a fashion trend in your local vicinity? Is it because your hair got damaged, or is it just a temporary measure, so your hair can become healthy again before you relax? There are loads of reasons why people go natural. Know your own specific purpose for going natural. This will help you in your natural hair journey and will help you know whether you are seeing your desired results or not.

RESEARCH, RESEARCH AND RESEARCH.
Before doing the BC, do a lot of research on the various ways you can maintain your natural hair. Come up with a regimen you will start up with. This will help you not to get confused and overwhelmed when your hair begins to grow into a very disobedient afro. Even with the pre-BC research, you will still have difficulties, talk less of when you don’t research. I am surprised how people cut of their hair without even having an idea of what they are going to do when the natural finally begins to grow.

ASK QUESTIONS
Ask other naturalistas about how they maintain their hair. Let them share their experiences with you. Have a list of naturalistas you can run to in times of hair difficulties

KNOW THIS FACT.
Everyone’s hair is different. That something worked for your friend’s hair when she cut off her relaxed hair does not mean it would work for you. You have to work out your own hair salvation with fear and trembling determination and diligence. So don’t be quick to stock your hair closet with the same products that have been working for your friend before you do the BC. Be patient and find what works for you after you do the BC.

If you have more guidelines for ladies who want to take the bold step of doing a BC, please, let’s know in the comment section. If we come up with more points, we will update

In the meantime, please vote on the gadget on the right hand side, in order to let us know what your greatest natural hair challenge is. The poll ends next month. This will help us know what problems most naturalistas have and we will therefore be able to carry out more research and do posts on what we have found out.

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15 comments :

  1. Should I wash or moisturize my hair before getting the big chop?

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    1. Hi, it really doesn't matter. You are going to cut of all the hair, anyway?

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  2. My hair got really damaged and I did the big chop completely...I started with the shea butter and olive oil regularly its growning back and healthy.

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  3. Well 2make a long story short,I was in a fight&my hair got pulled out in the very top,it was already thine,so I had 2 chop it,not completely,but it's slowly coming back in,I use wild growth,castoil,olive oil,shea butter,botin pills, It hasn't be easy,a very slow process.

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  4. Sorry!My first post didn't look so well! Well 2 make a long story short,I was in a fight&my hair got pulled in the very top,it was already thine,so I had 2 chop it,not all the way,it's coming back in slowly,I use wildgrowth,castor oil, olive oil,shea butter&botion pills,it's a very slow progress,please give me some tips,that's why I went natural!

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  5. i hv had alopecia as a patch on my front hair for some time wchich made it impossible for me to go on just my permed natural hair bkos i have to wear a weave everytime ......now i have decided to do the big chop but am scared it wont look so good on me as am on the chubby side but with a small head structure and also how to treat that bald patch .....i have been googling it all day yet havent gotten something satisfactory

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    1. Castor oil, and our cream for alopecia should be able to help out. Please, check our product store for more details.

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  6. Do you have to relax or perm your hair before the big chop??

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    1. No you don't. Big Chop is when you cut all the relaxed part of your hair away, leaving the small natural growth. Relaxing your hair before is a waste of natural hair, which is what you are looking for.

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  7. Hi, once again, I wanna go natural, I noticed that these relaxers damaged my hair so much. I'm going for the big chop but what I'm confused about is where to start from. I've been to a lot of websites but its all confusing. What I'm asking is first of all, is it the pudding that makes the hair curl and what cream do you think I should start with and I also want to know what the cream that makes the hair curl is called. Thank you once again, I will so much appreciate it if you help me out.

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  8. I Did The natural Thing Twice Before But This Time The Transition Is Harder, Next Month Will Gee Year Since I Last Relaxed aND I Want To Do The But Chop But I'm Scared.

    I Choose To Go Natural After My Hair Got Damage From Stress Of Going Through A DivorcE And My stylist Not Using The right Products.

    I've Never Cut My Hair Really Low So I'm Scared...My Self Esteem Isn't The Best Sigh!

    I UsedToHave Really Long Hair....I' Scared I Won't Look Pretty :(

    any Advise?

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  9. Hi, I have been transitioning for 5 months now. I want to do mini chops to encourage my natural hair sproout and to keep the relaxed part manageable. Any idea if Indian hemp and Shea butter will stimulate rapid hair growth. Thanks

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  10. Please which product can I use I just did the big chop in august and my hair has been growing a little. Though I did a big chop because I didn't have hair at the front line of my head which makes me to wear wig most times. I thought doing big chop would make my hair grow all round but unfortunately it's not working. I need a product that I can use on my natural hair and the front line of my hair to make grow at equal length.

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