Should I Transition to Natural Hair or Big Chop?
If you decide to Transition, keep your new growth moisturized. The area where your new growth and relaxed hair meet (the line of demarcation) is most vulnerable to breakage. Keeping that area moisturized is crucial. Don’t forget to moisturize your ends as well. Investing in a hand hand steamer like Q-Redew is a great idea (see link at the bottom of this post).
Low Manipulation/Protective Styles are best when transitioning. Styles such as: Braidouts, Twistouts, Rod Sets, Roller Sets, Buns, French Rolls, Bantu Knots, Flat Twists, Braid Extensions (not to tight), etc. are great transitioning styles. They are easy to do and easy on your hair. In addition, your natural texture will blend in better with your relaxed hair when wearing these styles.
There’s no set time for transitioning to end. The transition ends when the relaxed ends are gone usually by cutting them off or the relaxer grows out completely. This process is left up to the individual. Usually, the person who decided to transition chose to do so in order to be left with some natural ‘length’ before cutting the remainder of the relaxed ends. This can range from 2 months to 2 years or more.
If you decide to Big Chop, you will have a clean fresh start with your natural hair. Therefore, your natural hair journey starts immediately. One of the biggest benefits of big chopping is that you only have to deal with one hair texture, i.e., your natural hair texture. It’s very difficult to work with both natural hair and relaxed hair textures. Many women decide to big chop because of this issue.
It is very frustrating to deal with two textures of hair. Dealing only with your natural hair, you will gain a better understanding of how products actually work on your hair. You learn pretty quickly what works and what doesn’t work. Needless to say, a woman needs to carry a great deal of confidence and fierceness to big chop. Need I say more?
BTW: Continue to check out Natural Hair Lovers site for tips and information to help with your natural hair journey. I hope this helps…