I Did The Big Chop, Now What?

It’s funny to look back on how afraid I was to cut off my scraggly damaged relaxed hair. I wasn’t losing much, but at the time it felt like I had a lot to lose. When I was left with a short cropped style that I couldn’t even pull into a ponytail I felt totally lost. However, now I can look back and say that it was one of the best decisions that I have made. I wish I knew the things that I am about to share with you in this post, but unfortunately when I big chopped nearly 10 years ago there were not as many natural hair care resources to turn to. Use these tips to guide you through the big chop phase:

Side view of an African American woman applying lip gloss in mirror at home

Wash your hair as often as you like

This will vary according to how active you are, the styles you like to wear and how much product you use. However, one thing you that will not get in your way as you wash are tangles. The longer your hair gets the more work it becomes to wash, while this is not an issue with shorter tresses.  Co-wash your hair (washing using conditioner only) or use a shampoo that does not contain sulfates. Cleansing often will help keep your hair moisturized and it just feels good!

Here are 10 Great Co-Washes & Cleansing Conditioners

Deep Condition Frequently

Deep conditioning often helps to make your hair more moisturized, manageable and it improves its strength. If you can it is always good to aim to deep condition once a week. You want to get in the habit of doing this now so as you progress through your journey you can retain more hair length and keep your hair strands in shape.

Check out our list of 5 Best Moisturizing Deep Conditioners

Finger coils for definition and style

Tired of rocking the same old fro day after day? Finger coils add definition to your hair, give you a nice change of style and look great on shorter hair lengths. Once you get to at least a inch or more of length you can easily pull this style off by twisting each strand around your fingers and holding in place with a nice moisturizing gel. As your grows longer you can branch off into more styles like roller sets, twist outs, braid outs and more!

Try Flexirods too, here a quick video tutorial

Moisturize your hair daily

Your hair is likely to need moisture everyday from a quality water based product. Moisturized hair is not only healthy but it improves the manageability of your hair and it’s appearance.

You can moisturize daily using the L.O.C Method, details on the L.O.C Method Here. And if that doesn’t work for your hair, their is the L.C.O & L.O.C.O Methods that you can read about here.

Know the difference between a moisturizer and a sealant

An effective moisturizer is a water based product. If it is a water based product, water will be listed as the first ingredient. It’s important that you do not make the mistake of thinking that oils, greases and pomades are moisturizers; they are sealants. Y

ou can use them after you have used a moisturizer to seal the moisture into your hair, but using them on their own is usually not enough.

Use Moisturizing Gels for Definition

If you want a quick curly fro after washing use a moisturizing gel that will define your curls, giving them a nice hold without drying your hair out. On wet hair you can use a product like Kinky Curly Curling Custard or Shea Moisture Curling Souffle.

Here’s a list of 10 Other Great Styling Products

Wrap your hair at night

Your hair can break and lose moisture when it rubs against your cotton fabrics in your bedding. Make sure you always wrap your hair with a satin scarf or bonnet before bedtime.

Accessorize and accessorize!

Often times women who are not used to wearing short looks, feel uncomfortable because they do not feel feminine enough. It’s natural especially since we are pretty much taught from a young age through media, television and print that longer hair is associated with feminity.

However, being feminine is so much more than your hair. That’s why we can admire so many ladies with shorter cuts. It’s the clothes you wear, your makeup, and accessories. One thing is for sure, when you have shorter hair these things tend to stand out more. Make sure you wear a nice pair of big hoop earrings, soft natural makeup and dress to the nines. You can also add a nice headwrap or headband to your hair to spice things up.

Big earrings are usually a go-to for natural women. But they’re not just for your ears, check out this cute way to accessorize your natural hair with your favorite earrings.

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