So you’re really going to do it. You’re going to do the “Big Chop.” Go natural. Embrace your inner afro in an outer most way. Marvelous. But before you tackle the final frontier of what your actual roots look like, prepare yourself for the wave of emotions you’re going to go through if this is your first time ever seeing what your real hair texture is.
If you’re one of the fortunate few who immediately fell in love and immediately found perfect workable hairstyles and a routine, that’s great. But you’re the minority. This post is for everyone else.
1. Throw away all preconceived notions! Before you let the relaxer go, you first need to let go of whatever you think your hair is going to look like once it grows out. If you’re going natural expecting your hair to grow out looking like Solange Knowles fro or Tracee Ellis Ross’s ringlets, divorce yourself of this notion now. No two heads of natural hair are ever alike. You may have more than one curl pattern in your head. Or your roots may curl up differently from your ends. Embrace the surprise because you are almost guaranteed to get one.