The Big Chop – The Best Way To Go Natural?

Is the Big Chop For You? Ask The Afro Hair Experts at Hiikuss Hair Salon in Camberwell, London

Are you thinking about rocking your natural hair, but you're not quite sure how to go about it?

The two main options, for most women with afro or multi-textured hair, are transitioning from chemically treated hair to your natural curls or just doing the Big Chop. 

Many women avoid the Big Chop because they link a large mane to femininity, but the rise in celebs such as Lupita Nyong'o rocking a short natural afro are proving that women with short natural hair can look fierce, feminine and fabulous! The afro hair experts at Hiikuss Hair Salon in Camberwell, London, explain more about this dramatic 'do...…….

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What is "The Big Chop"?

If you aren’t sure what exactly a “Big Chop” is, it is simply cutting off damaged or over-processed hair. The cut usually results in a much shorter, natural hairstyle which many women find empowering.

It is often a dramatic cut and can be a preferred alternative to transitioning as the effect is immediate, whilst transitioning has many different textures due to the chemically straightened hair growing out gradually, which can look untidy and be difficult to style.

What Are The Main Benefits of The Big Chop?

  • One Hair Texture - Going for the Big Chop makes getting used to your hair texture so much more comfortable. Big chop hair is manageable and simple. If you decide to transition would have to learn how to manage two different hair types, possibly three if you count the scab hair, which is fragile and prone to breakage.
  • Better Hair Product Results - Another benefit of short, natural hair is that it is easier to find the products your hair loves. It can be challenging to see what works best for your hair while transitioning, finding products that cater to different hair textures is not easy. This is why many women choose the big chop over transitioning.
  • Reduced Styling Time - Short, natural hair is much lower maintenance than many other hair types. Styling time and hair care time is reduced, so you can hit the snooze button a couple more times in the mornings! 
  • Increased Hair Growth - When you determine that you want to transition, your hair is more prone to split ends and breakage. When you choose the big chop, you get rid of all the damaged hair altogether, which can give the appearance of thicker, fast growing hair. 

Wash and Go Hairstyles After The Big Chop

To get this relaxed, low maintenance look, you will need to wash and condition your hair with a professional quality shampoo & conditioner. After this, you should thoroughly detangle your hair with a high quality leave-in conditioner. Style with cream or gel and go!

Twists and Finger Coils On Natural Hair

This cool style gives you a chance to experiment with your shorter hair. Wash and condition your hair, then play around with finger coils and find the look that works best for you

We would suggest that your hair be at least 2 inches long to achieve a really good finger coil look, for a good twist out you would need at least 3 inches length. 

Hair Braids and Weaves After "The Big Chop" 

If you are not feeling the short hair idea and want to add length now, there is always the option of getting braids or a weave. Your natural hair will stay healthy as there is little manipulation needed to rock this protective hairstyle. You could also choose to wear high quality wigs, ask your Hiikuss hair expert about your options.

Book a Big Chop Appointment at Hiikuss Hair Salon in Camberwell, London

Ready for a new shorter look? Book your hair appointment with the afro hair experts at London's top black hair salon by calling us on 0207 701 6478 or book online here.

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