I still remember the night I big chopped like it was yesterday. All my relaxed hair (the only hair I knew) was in my sink. A bald headed girl stared back at me in mirror and confusion set in. I literally looked like a 12 year old and my confidence was in the sink along with my straight hair.
I instantly started wearing loads of makeup and big earrings to soften the blow of having to wear a TWA (teenie weanie afro). However, about a week later, I came to my senses. I had already chopped off my hair, so my focus needed to be on starting my new journey and enjoying it. So, from that day onward, I was a new me. This is what I want for you too so here are some tips for those of you who have recently big chopped.
Enjoy Your Journey.
Before we can talk about hair regimens and products and techniques and all of that, we have to talk about your new journey. You took the plunge and chopped off your relaxed hair. Make this journey about you and only you. A lot of us had confidence with our long relaxed hair (with or without weaves*) as it is the only type of hair most of us knew.
So, staring at a completely new head of hair in the mirror can be intimidating. I know; I was once there. Try to find your inner confidence and love what you see in the mirror. Your hair is beautiful and it’s yours. Do not get frustrated; you have a community here at BlackHairInformation.com to help you at each stage of your journey.
Learn your hair
To be honest, this is the perfect time to learn and feed your hair what it needs. This way, you won’t make mistakes later that will cause you to do a second big chop. Enjoy your journey and don’t rush it. We tend to always stress on hair growth and want it to happen as soon as possible. However, what we need to do is work on making our hair as healthy as it can be. Healthy hair is the road to long hair.
Build a regimen.
To begin your journey to healthy hair, it is important to have a basic hair care regimen. Your natural hair might be new to you, so I suggest that you keep it simple. Do not overwhelm yourself with a long list of rules, products and techniques. As I said above, enjoy your natural hair journey. Try to not get frustrated. Having a simple routine will help you to take care of your hair better. You will see the fruits of your labor as time goes on; trust me.
Originally posted 2014-04-08 17:00:46.