The Big Chop 101

by Linda Ripoll in News on 24th July 2013

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So, you’ve been relaxing your hair steadily for years now. Although you love the carefree, easy vibe that straightened hair gives you, lately you’ve been examining whether or not to transition from chemically-treated hair to natural hair. There are many reasons why you’re contemplating joining the ranks of millions of naturalistas. From the damage relaxers cause such as; thinning, breakage and weakened strands to  the the cost of upkeep (touch-ups every four to six weeks certainly adds up), its plain to see why you might be feeling the urge to ditch the hair crack and become a curly girl.

In order to make an informed decision on transitioning into natural hair, we reached out to Mixed Chicks Senior Educator Tory Hawkins of Salon 2 Cozy in Atlanta for tips and tricks to help you make the right decision.

  • One of the most important factors in transitioning and maintaining natural hair is moisture and hydration.  Because of the S pattern of the curl, sebum or oils have a difficult time working its way from the root or scalp to the ends of the hair.  It is key to use a deep penetrating conditioner like Mixed Chicks Detangling Deep Conditioner to restore and maintain a healthy moisture balance.
  • Depending on the severity of dryness it can be used with or without steam or low heat.  If you don’t have a professional steamer, a hot towel and Saran Wrap under a warm hooded dryer will do the trick.
  • For those who have severe damage or breakage, the big chop is a definite must. What is the big chop? It is when someone cuts off damaged, chemically-processed hair. This chop allows hair to grow in natural with no chemicals, perms, relaxers or other processes. It is often treated as a new beginning and is a wonderful way to rid yourself of old, bad hair habits and starting anew.
  • Another key factor to achieving healthy, natural hair is regular trims, especially if you are not quite ready to take the plunge and do a “big chop”.  Because the natural new growth is generally much stronger than chemically treated hair, the line of demarcation (where the new growth and chemically treated hair meet) is where hair is the weakest and the ends are the oldest and most exposed to damage and breakage.  Gradual trims help to ensure that split ends don’t slow your growth process.
  • It’s best that you refrain from thermal styling, but if you cannot resist, a thermal protectant is a must.  Thermal protectants are important because it creates a buffer between the styling tool and your hair to prevent heat damage.  Mixed Chicks Straightening Serum is a sure way to provide your hair the protection it needs.

Whether you decide to go natural or prefer to rock the relaxed do, just be sure to maintain healthy hair habits for the gorgeous head of hair you’ve always dreamed of!