Can A Big Chop Ruin Your Relationship?

baldMy best friend and I were walking to the mall, and I really wanted to compliment her on her new look. “Girl, I love your TWA! It’s looks so good on you and I love how it brings out the beauty and features in your face,” I gushed.

She replied, “Oh yes hunny! I had to let that relaxer go. I feel so liberated and ready for this new chapter in my hair journey.”

I asked her, “Girl, I know your boo loves it, right?”

Her excited shrills immediately changed to a somber whisper, “Tina…he dumped me…I guess he only wanted me for my waist length hair.” I was completely shocked and speechless. But I wanted to support and encourage her in any way I could. So I gave her a loving and caring hug, and let her know that she is beautiful no matter what! But that had me thinking for the rest of the day, ‘Can a woman’s decision to Big Chop really affect her love relationship?’

What is The Big Chop?

We all know what the big chop is: it marks stage one of your hair journey, where you make an attempt to rid your hair of the relaxer by cutting it, and allowing your natural hair to grow out to great lengths. Big chops can also happen if you already have natural hair, and you just feel like starting over for something fresh and different.

Not everyone thinks big chops are cool though; some might go as far as to think your man did you wrong, and you chopped your hair off to let go of the past. Others might think that you are having a mid-life crisis, and your long hair was holding you back, so you finally let go.

Then there are those who think you are completely sick and crazy, and that you have completely lost your mind. But hey! Not everyone is going to love all of your decisions; there will be unwanted opinions, rude comments, and blank stares – but who cares, right?

The truth is, it’s easy not to care about the comments of those people we do not have to see everyday especially when those cruel comments and harsh statements come from the one who should support and encourage you always, like your man.

After all, we enter into our love relationships with relaxed, texlaxed, or maybe even extensions and weaves. Our guys may not have had not had the chance to see us with our natural hair.

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About Christina J

Hey there! My name is Christina J. I am a healthy hair advocate and have been natural since October 2012. In June 2014, I decided to start my blog, Desire My Natural! to document my hair journey and other fun topics (family, health, inspiration, more). As I share, help, encourage, and support others in their healthy hair journey, I am continuing my own.

About Christina J

Hey there! My name is Christina J. I am a healthy hair advocate and have been natural since October 2012. In June 2014, I decided to start my blog, Desire My Natural! to document my hair journey and other fun topics (family, health, inspiration, more). As I share, help, encourage, and support others in their healthy hair journey, I am continuing my own.


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Alexia Whitehead

I feel like if a big chop ruins your relationship, you were better off without that guy anyway

Davida Braxton

Soo true. It reveals his intentions towards you were somewhat fraudulent or fake, per se.



Nae D Spencer

Who cares, if it does? You didn’t have a “Relationship”

Steen How
Steen How

I honestly was a little scared to tell my man of my BC, because my relaxed hair was APL. But when I told him, he surprised me by saying, “You doing it yourself, going to the barber…or can I do it?” Like I said I was surprised! I am so blessed to have him in my life. And he supports me no matter what I do to my hair. As long as I look presentable, he will always see me as Steen 🙂

Dale Grigsby

Well said my sister’s…:-)

Erica Nyasiasmommy Larkins

If it does then he wasn’t the man for you

Pamela Smith

He dated you for your hair?? Superficial much? Did you break up with him when he went to the barbershop last saturday because men big chop every 2 weeks!??!?


Lol! @ “Men big chop every 2 weeks”

Kitty Larue

My husband helped me cut it… So i agree with you ladies if he leaves because of it he wasn’t the one

Jennifer Regts-Zandvliet

My husband did the same after our wedding. He loves my natural hair…


My hubby cut my hair for me too. I was happy to have him be supportive of me.

Camille Angelique Johnson

Nope!!! My husband was the one who first suggested I try natural hair.

Mean Carleen Shaw

I’d chose a relationship with my hair over a man who makes demands regarding MY hair ANYTIME, BOOM!!

Sherrie Wise

I think it could, I didn’t do the Big Chop, but I Have noticed out of the males I known for Years some prefer when I have weave in. N others, one in particular gets Pissed when I have a protective style or weave. I don’t talk to Any one that can’t be seen or doesn’t like the hair that Naturally Grows out of my head. LOL.

Amberly Nykole


Shynell Parris

My wonderful husband encouraged me to cut it all off because he saw my daily struggle with relaxed over processed hair! What a difference if anything our love has truly grown because he appreciates my natural beauty and I love him more for loving me!

Dawn Williams

Hair determining the outcome of a relationship….if you share bill’s, gas prices, cost of leaving….& it all comes down to the hair,,; he was their for the benefits only.

Dalia Butcher

He like what he saw, not the person… bye bye…

Jules Allen

just what i feel like doing.. Chop it all off.

Catrina Trlyblssd H

Everyone is not down with natural hair or women with low fades. They subconsciously think they’re with a dude.

Kerimah Rogers

Yep……I won’t big chop….simply because I don’t care to look like a dude

Lisa Turner

A woman’s hair doesn’t define who she is. If long hair is a requirement to be with him then chuck up the ✌️

Tracy NoLove Barbie

Yea it can but so can other s**t, u gotta do wat u gotta do,..

RJ Magee

Yes if you guy no longer thinks your attractive! I preferred to transition, the big chop isn’t for everyone.

Meeka Elba

Oh please! If a damn haircut ruined it then it wasn’t THAT strong to start. It’s only hair people

Erika Holmes

It shouldn’t

Fatima Bey

if the big chop can ruin your relationship you probably didn’t have a good one to begin with, what your hair looks like shouldn’t matter, especially if your doing this for yourself and not for anyone else it’s really about loving who you are, and if you love it and he doesnt thats a problem, though you do have to consider your Spouses opinion, it probably wasn’t good to begin with if a hair change can ruin the relationship

Erica Kelly

I preferred to transition the second time around. I big chopped the first time and frankly I found that look unattractive on me and promptly began wearing wigs. My current man met me while relaxed. When I announced that I was going back to natural hair he was concerned that I would big chop and look like my old pictures. Once I told him I was going to tradition he was cool. Men are visual plain and simple. Would you be attracted to him still if he drastically changed his look to one that you didn’t find appealing? I’m not saying the relationship well end but I can see how issues could arise if he now finds you unattractive with a twa.

Stephanie Smith

Only if the significant other is shallow as hell. Yes

Chaneda Diggs-Crocker

Let’s cut the men some slack….I had locks and wanted to grow my hair out and cut them and my husband was fine with the natural hair as long as him and I didn’t have the same hair cut lol(his words) I transitioned so I didn’t have to big chop , men are visual creatures and if he doesn’t find short hair to be attractive you can’t crucify him for it. Find a compromise before I do anything drastic to my hair is speak to my husband first

Brittney Amera Cruz

My husband wanted me to go natural. He loves it he hates weaves and braids. I’m not liking it now but I know I will when it gets my desired length. Not much I can do with now. His hands stay in my hair now pulling on the curls until he falls asleep lol.

Brittney Amera Cruz

Oh yea when we met I was relaxed and always had a fresh weave. So he loves me regardless. I didn’t know he didn’t like it until I brought it up.

Kristin Douglas

I hope not..

Takikyacst Godluvme Phillips

I been with my husband 15 years I world never make myself physical unattractive to him if I can help it . He prefers long hair so either I get quick weaves to play with short styles or I weave it up occasionally when I go a little shorter .Unconditional does not mean Straight up do what you want and disregard your partners feelings

Avita Cunnikin

ONLY!!! If his biggest concern is ur hair and not U!….da fathr of my child lluuvvddd my head bald he hated whn my hair grew back, lol

Deondra Davis

Your relationship wasn’t real if a big chop ends it! Your man should love you no matter what!

Crystal Hamer

This is sad. For the men…what’s the obsession with long hair down someones back? Realistically most AA women dont have hair down their back. So am I hearing that men are really using a women’s hair length to determine whether to stay or go? That’s pretty shallow. Women, are you really altering your HAIR to meet a man’s standards? And natural hair being “PHYSICALLY UNATTRACTIVE”? Really?

Kitty Larue

It honestly has nothing to do with disregarding his feeling, yes men have opinions, and yes you submit yourselves to those opinions when married, but a man who does not support you as you support him is probably not the one, before i considered the big chop…i prepared my husband for months and showed him different styles because my husband likes long hair, but after preparing him and him seeing how unhappy i was with my hair and then the clencher my husband helped me wash my thick long hair and it took almost an hour to wash alone he was down lol… A relationship is give and take

Thick Nette

You prepared him. That’s the key. He didn’t come home and see you big chopped. What a surprise that might have been

Destine'a Torres

Nah it didn’t cause a problem in mine….if it does I suggest y’all run to the hills

Moreblessing Kaay

for shallow minded lovers who only love you for your appearance more than who you really are in the inside. big chops are sexy for most if you ask me.xx

Moore Toya

My husband helped me cut my hair off

Florence Jones

Aww dats a good husband!

Roxanne Bell

It didn’t ruin mines! My baby loves it

Tanya New Start

Its funny when people say your hair shouldn’t matter or your weight shouldn’t matter. Everyone has likes and dislikes. The person your with may be turned off by your big chop or weight gain. That doesn’t mean they are a bad person it just means you changed something about yourself that they loved. You should both be able to talk about what is bothering and if you love each other try to find some common ground and/or a way tjat both of you can be happy. Him saying its over because of the big chop or you saying its over because he doesn’t like it sound a little silly to me. Talk and work it out. I don’t think its fair of us to look a certain way and then just make a major change and then tell him he doesn’t have a say. He loves your hair, what’s wrong with him wanting you to keep it that way. Truth be told men have always loved being able to play with our hair.

Chantel Monique

If it does then you’re with a bitch

Brenda Price

Only with a man with a European mindset

Domanic Daniels


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Theresa Marie Bryant

If its really what u want and feel u need to do, cut that relaxed damaged ish off! Lol. It’ll grow back and in the meantime he will just have to deal with it

Debbie Parker

It bet not…if it doesnt u r dealing w a shallow superficial narcissist

Sheron Brathwaite

Hair is just that, hair. It will grow back. He can get over it.

Now the weight gain issue… thats a legitimate complaint.

Hair, not so much.

Natural Queens

No, strengthen it

Rose Q'Tarantino Boglin

If it can, the relationship is doomed anyway. My ex loved when I had very short n natural hair cuz he loved the confidence I had to be different.

Thick Nette

I just say prepare your husband for that change! That very low haircut dosent look right on everybody!!! Yes, I said it! Some of us do not have the head or face for very low hair! It shouldn’t determine whether or not your marriage is in trouble though. I’m saying, just prepare him. Why is he shallow for finding a woman with less hair than him attractive? People like what they like.

Buddy Rock

I don’t know why Women don’t keep their hair natural any dam way it’s so much better when it’s that way but yall won’t take the time to do it so u go out and get that bs and put in it and really ruin your hair just take the time to do your hair and leave it natural it’s looks so much better

Madeleine Elejalde

It would seem so! Both Ex bf’s disliked me cutting my curly locks. I dident ask for permission, even after I was worn not to. Guess that’s why there both ex’s

Lorenza Jackson

If it does, then he wasn’t down with me to begin with.