which is most often referred to as The “Big Chop” is one way to swiftly transition from relaxed
to natural hair. This involves cutting all relaxed hair from the head in one setting. This is
considered a “fast” but “bold” move. The reason this is labeled “bold” is depending on how long
the new growth is. Thus, a Big Chop can result in hair as short as a low fade or slightly longer.
Big Chopping is best and recommended for those who want to become completely natural
immediately and do not want to deal with handling relaxed and natural textures together. It is
important to keep in mind before chopping that the straight, relaxed length of hair, while still
attached will stretch the new growth so that it appears longer and often wavier. However, when
the straight hair is removed, the new growth often curls up and constricts tighter against the
scalp, making the remaining natural hair appear shorter than anticipated. Shrinkage of this
nature is normal, and is characteristic of kinky, coiled natural hair.
A Big Chop often brings out the beauty of our facial features, while hair often hides it. Utilize this
time enhance your eyes, lips and cheekbones. Accessories, such as earrings may become
indispensible to you after a major chop. The right pair of earrings can add glam and pizzazz and
style to any short look.