CHOP OR NO CHOP? THAT IS THE QUESTION
…That is asked the most…usually by women who have straightened their hair from an early age and for many years and are now tempted to go back to natural for various reasons: one recalls with a hint of nostalgia that time where she had very soft, beautiful curly hair or in some cases as an alternative: brittle hair, dull texture, etc.….. First of all: what is the big chop? It is an Anglo-Saxon term that refers to the stage at which all the relaxed part of the hair is cut/trimmed. The big chop calls for courage definitely and being brave enough to cut more than just the hair ends! This is usually the step that looks the most scary, and for good reasons … For many women , having to give up their hair and change completely overnight – despite psychological preparation…let’s be honest it is difficult to cope with this change; including the external environment (school, work, etc… ), your family and friends and sometimes clumsy remarks from them …. Yet, despite the pressure, the idea of not having to depend on the hair relaxer and in return get healthier, natural hair, makes you think and rethink, which makes it even more tempting…. Know that whatever your choice is, the TALOWA team is here to guide you every step of the way and advise you not only so that the transition goes smoothly but also to offer you products tailored to your new needs and texture. For you, depending on your situation, different scenarios are to look at:
1. You take the big plunge and decide to cut all your relaxed parts of the hair! It means, ladies, that it will now be essential to develop a new hair routine that takes into account your new hair texture. Now that you have decided to treat your hair with more care, the step of daily hydrating the hair is crucial so that your hair is frequently nourished and do not dry out (note that nappy hair requires more moisture than relaxed hair). Weekly deep treatments (hair mask alternated with hair oil bath) are highly recommended: if you actually follow the steps well, your hair will be softer and detangling will be much easier to handle. Protective hair styles (vanilla, loose braids, buns at a later stage) will protect your hair daily. The variety of hairstyles for your new texture is fun and gives you the opportunity to be more creative and learn how to “manage” your hair now and when it grows back. And of course PROTECTIVE NIGHT SCARF IS MANDATORY!
2. You’re not too sure and you go for the gradual transition before finally trimming the straightened ends
Very similar to the previous step, deep conditioning hair treatments and protective hair styles facilitate the transition. You can, with time and step by step, cut the straightened parts until you feel ready to cut the rest. The transition can take the time you deem needed, hence the importance of learning on how to take care of the new texture: the hair texture is not the same as before and you need to be patient because we must admit that having to deal with two different textures is much more complicated than the big chop. However, if you do it well and you have a consistent hair routine, it will allow you to ease the transition and you will finally reach your goal!
The TALOWA team realized early enough that many women had never had the courage to just go for the big chop because they did not know how to do so but probably also because they did not yet know about the TALOWA N’HAPPY hair spray! Designed for curly and natural hair, it gives them super moisture without being too watery. Its nutrient components and its light texture ensure optimal hydration of your hair and combined with other TALOWA treatments, you will have the tools necessary to ensure your happy nappy transition.