The road to going natural is paved with expectations, goals, challenges and achievements. At the very beginning of this road you are faced with a choice and the decision that you make will determine the climate of your journey. Going natural is more than changing your hairstyle; it becomes a lifestyle of making good, healthy choices that will be beneficial to you and your hair. Once you have made the commitment to treat your hair with the love and care that it deserves, you can ease into the journey by transitioning or you can be bold and do a big chop. Here is all you need to know to make an informed decision:
Before we get started on the pros and cons of transitioning and doing a big chop, there are two important details that every beginner natural needs to know.
Making the Transition
Transitioning is the process of going from your current state of hair to your natural state of hair over a period of time (without making any drastic changes). If you are skeptical about chopping all of your damaged hairs off in one go or if you are simply not comfortable with losing your length, then transitioning is for you. This approach is more subtle and as your natural locks start popping up from the root, you can slowly but surely trim your ends. The key to transitioning is making sure that your old hair and your new growth work together. This can be achieved by making sure that you pay special attention to your line of demarcation (the line that separates the new hair and older hair) by always keeping your hair moisturized and nourished.
The big chop (BC) is a more ‘straight to the point’ approach which involves removing all of your damaged hair. How do you know which strands are damaged? They are usually flimsy, have little or no curl pattern and are brittle or dead. Damage usually results from chemical products (relaxers, perms, hair dye) and heat (flat irons, blow dryers, hot combs). After a BC you are left with a fraction of the length you previously had, but you can smile, knowing that the hard part is over and you can look forward to seeing the new growth within days. If you are daring, impatient or need a change, this is the option for you. A BC calls for loads of self-confidence, but once you’ve located your inner goddess you will find that you are the whole package, regardless of your hair length. The short look is temporary, really. It will grow back!
Once you have gotten started you are already halfway there. Going natural is all in the journey and the beauty of it is that the journey is in your control. Choose to make it a wholesome, fulfilling and life changing one!
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