Haircut advice: Is the big chop a good idea?_1

The big chop can do many things for your hair journey; it’s also a journey on its own. Here are some things you need to know before you go under the clippers…

Getting the chop isn’t as big a deal as it used to be. We go short, get a wig, wear protective styles and grow our hair out again. Before you set the clippers to your hair, here’s what you need to know…

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 You might not want to grow your hair again

A big chop can be the best thing that has ever happened to your style! Joining the team ‘short hair –don’t care’ can be life-changing. It’s less maintenance, more affordable and suits most face shapes.

That kind of freedom can become addictive, and while your hair will grow back naturally, you may want to keep it short and make small chops a regular part of your hair styling regimen.

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Cutting your hair doesn’t make it grow faster

There is a myth about cutting your hair making it grow faster, and for a short time after cutting your hair, it may seem to actually be growing faster. The truth is new growth is just easier to see in shorter hair.

Your hair is probably still growing at the same rate. As it grows longer, the fast growth you’re seeing will fade away. If you’re looking to grow longer hair, the only way to do it is to prevent breakage and hair loss by growing healthier hair.
If you want healthy hair, you still have to look after it when it’s short

Maintaining short hair is a lot easier than taking care of longer hair simply because there is less hair to look after.

The time after a big chop is the best time to get into a healthier hair care routine. Testing products and finding what is best for your hair. Since hair products can be very expensive, especially when you’re trying many different types, having short hair means you can buy smaller quantities (at a lower cost) and get to experimenting.

By the time your hair is long enough to need a lot of product, you should know which products to use and stick to them.
A big chop is sometimes your best option

When your hair is damaged, brittle and irreversibly processed, a big chop is sometimes the best thing you can do for your hair.

Although transitioning is sometimes an option if you are moving from processed to natural hair, damage like split ends can hamper the health of your new growth. Short hair doesn’t have to be boring hair

If your big chop isn’t something you’re looking forward to, a quick gander at TWA (Teeny weenie Afro) pages on social media can change your mind.

Short hair doesn’t have to be boring at all. Between colouring, styling and even cover-ups with wigs and head wraps, you can still have so much fun with your hair even if it is too short to braid.

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