By Toia Barry
When it comes to going natural, the first thought of many women is that they’ll need to chop off all of their hair in an effort to get back to the texture they were born with. The concern is that they won’t like the way they look with short hair. Or worse, OTHERS will not like it, especially family or significant others.
Women are sometimes afraid of doing the big chop for fear they won’t be found attractive by men. Though in many cases, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. But, while doing the big chop is probably the popular, quick-like-a-band-aid way to go about “going natural,” it’s not the only way.
There are some of us who decided that cutting our hair super short wasn’t for us and instead, chose to slowlytransitionback to our natural hair texture. Whether you transition or throw caution to the wind and big chop is up to you. But let’s talk about some pros and possible cons for both methods.
As mentioned above, if you’re tired of relaxed hair and want to get back to your natural texture ASAP, this is the way to do it and just get it over with! Clip clip clip, you’re done. It’s over. Welcome to the club!
Once it’s done, you’ll likely have a feeling of freedom (if you’re not crying) and you can now explore this new life, this journey. You’ll be able to touch and feel the texture and begin to discover what types of products your hair responds to or doesn’t. As your hair grows, you grow with it, learning about ingredients, new styling techniques, and overall knowledge of how to treat your coils and kinks.
Many opt to keep their hair short, finding that it’s much more low-maintenance. With the right shape to suit your facial structure, the “teeny weeny afro” or TWA can be an amazing look! In this cropped state, you can use ourHoney & Ginger Styling Gel for some cute coils or just to define your curls for an effortless wash and go. You may not have length, but you’re not as limited as you think. Social media is full of short hair inspiration like Helecia aka iknowlee who used our Pomegranate & Honey Collection to create a combo style on her tapered cut featuring Bantu knotsin this tutorial!
We have noticed that one of the main concerns with the big chop for many is the short hair. We don’t consider having short hair as a “con,” but I can certainly understand why this wouldn’t be a person’s first choice. were If you feel like this would be too much for you, by all means, don’t do it. Because once it’s gone, it’s gone and you’ll just have to wait for it to grow back.
Another downside, if you’re a fan of updos and the like, is the limit you’ll have on styling, at least until you get some length. But, speaking from experience, that’s nothing a few bobby pins and creativity can’t fix! Slicking back the sides for a simple “frohawk” with ourHoney & Ginger Edge Gel is one of the many ways you can spice up that short do while encouraging growth.
Transitioning when it comes to hair is all in the name. Instead of taking the plunge right into the natural texture, one will stop chemically straightening, allowing the new growth come in. Sp, a major pro to transitioning is that you won’t have to cut inches of your hair off all at once. But to get to the kinks, youwillneed to trim it every so often until you’re left with the natural texture.
You can transition for as long as you like, some have gone two years, so you’ll still have length to play around with if you want to experiment with some styles. But remember, you’re no longer dealing with just straight hair. Which leads me to what may be considered drawbacks of transitioning.
As your curls grow in, you’ll need to adjust to dealing withtwo textures. Trust me, everything - from washing to product selection to styling - is different and you’ll have to be willing to learn all of that to keep your hair healthy and stay committed to the journey. I transitioned for about eight months before cutting off my relaxed ends, which I did merely because I was annoyed with the two textures. If I was provided with the knowledge I have now, I likely would’ve gone longer.
One thing to note is that, in this state, the hair is very fragile, especially at the point where the new growth and straight hair meet. So being gentle and using the right products is very important. A good deep treatment like ourBabassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner, infused with protein, will keep the hair strengthened as it moisturizes to prevent breakage. You can find more helpful transitioning tipsin this post!
Hopefully, this has given you some things to consider as you think about returning to your natural hair texture! If you’re already there, which route did you find worked best for you?