The big chop is the way to go if you instantly want to return back to your hair’s natural texture. It has the benefit of giving you a fresh healthy start by allowing you to have one consistent texture and the removal of dead ends. However, if you are not use to having shorter tresses it can be daunting. You also have to figure out fairly quickly how to maintain your TWA (teeny weenie afro). Follow these 5 steps to go natural using the big chop method:
#1 Get a professional cut for the best results
If you are thinking about the big chop and haven’t actually done it yet, this is your first step. We can’t see the back of our hair, so getting hard areas like this may prove difficult. Go to a professional and have them cut all of your relaxed chemically processed ends off to have a more desirable result. Remember you may be dealing with only 1 to 2 inches of hair afterward so if you think you may feel uncomfortable with this consider the transitioning process. Already cut your hair on your own? Well if you feel like it could use some cleaning up take a trip to the salon.
#2 Remember hair is not everything
For those who are not use to having a short cut the first thing many of you will feel is that you don’t appear feminine enough. It’s silly but true. Many of us are taught to associate short hair as being masculine. When it really isn’t all about your hair, it’s the way you present yourself. To feel more girly wear larger stylish earrings, try soft subtle makeup and dress to the nines. And come on, we all know of women that rock their hair short and look flawless. If you don’t know any personally, we have tons of examples in the short natural hair style section of our site and our TWA chronicles style series.
#3 Moisturize your hair daily
This is great for wash and go’s or finger coils. This product works best when used on hair that has been saturated with water or after a fresh wash. Learn more or purchase this product here.
This product works great on dry or wet hair. One of my absolute staple products that I wish was in existence when I went through my big chop phase. Learn more or purchase this product here.
NaturallyPhilo used The Curling Souffle on her TWA and it looked so beautiful!
Moisture is going to play a key role in having a more desirable look. Depending on your hair type and how well your hair retains moisture, you may only need to moisturize every other day but in most cases every day is a good starting point. What you need to use is a water based hair product. Oils, pomades, and greases alone will not moisturize your hair. You will need to use a water based product first and then oils/pomades can be used to help seal that moisture in. When I went through my short hair phase at the time what I found to be a useful moisturizer was the S Curl Activator spray because it also helped with curl definition. Too bad Shea Moisture or Kinky Curly wasn’t out there and popping otherwise I would have used those products as they are really moisturizing and help to define curls.
#4 Feel free to cleanse your hair as often as you like
At this stage tangling is not an issue, so you can wash as often as 2-3 times a week if you like. As your hair gets longer once per week is more realistic because it will be more of a process. I know it sounds funny especially if you have been relaxed most of your life, but this only helps to keep your hair moisturized. Also since you will be moisturizing daily you will need to remove product buildup so your hair can receive the moisture you are putting into it. To avoid dryness after washes use shampoos that do not contain sulfates. Using conditioner only (co-washing) instead of using a shampoo can also alleviate dryness issues.
In the beginning depending on how short your hair is, you may not have too many styling options. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This means all you have to do is moisturize your hair with a product that will help your coils pop and just go. Many women like the ease of this and purposely keep their hair short for this reason. However, if your goal is to grow out your hair, most women find that within the first year their hair grows out pretty fast! Even with just three inches of length there are many examples of styles that you can do with your TWA in our short natural hair style section and TWA Chronicles Style Series.
Finger coils are one of the more easier styles that can be achieved on shorter hair lengths and they give you awesome curl definition.
See these articles about finger coils:
Believe me the TWA phase doesn’t last that long! You will be surprised at how the time flies. If your goal is growth then you will want to educate yourself on how to properly care for your hair as it grows. Check out our Black Hair Growth section so you are already prepared. Also knowing your hair type, will help you in understanding how to best care for and select the best products.
If you have been the TWA phase for 8 months or longer and haven’t seen much progress length wise and you are having issues retaining moisture, you may want to try the max hydration method, as this is perfect for those who suffer from extremely dry hair. Within a year you should be able to grow 4 to 6 inches of hair.
What’s In the Guide
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#1 Why to Go Natural
#2 What You Should Know About Natural Hair
#3 How to go from Relaxed to Natural Hair
#4 Know Your Hair Type
#5 What’s Your Hair Porosity Type
#6 What Products Do I Need?
#7 How to Create a Natural Hair Regimen
#8 Natural Hair FAQ