Big Chop or Tranisition?
I get asked quite often whether or not I transitioned or did a big chop. I initially transitioned many years ago but it took me so long to let go of the relaxed ends. About 3 and a half years ago I finally just chopped it all off. Both experiences I didn’t really know what I was doing with natural hair. But I will say the big chop was a bit more motivating to get it together lol. There isn’t a one right way to go natural or start a healthy hair journey (because hair can be healthy relaxed as well). The key to success with both transitioning and the big chop is being PREPARED. My hair is bra strap length now but what if I actually new what I was doing in the beginning? Do you know how many times I looked in the mirror scared for my LIFE when I messed up?? 🤣 I want better for you. So here’s how: Transitioning: 1. Understand that you ARE transitioning which means letting go of the relaxed ends sooner rather than later. Even if it’s a cm at a time. Just know that relaxed and natural cannot coexist on the same head of hair. 2. Do not use heat as much. Take baby steps of course but understand to get a uniform look the natural hair may require MORE heat which can lead to MORE damage. I recommend using protective styles like braids, twists, wigs 🙃 that way you’re staying away from heat. 3. Deep condition every two weeks (if you have dry/flaky scalp weekly). Use a deep conditioning masque and after you apply the masque use our Crown Growth formula on your scalp and roots to add nutrients and optimize moisture. This will also be a good time to trim some of those ends. 4. Because you’re transitioning you don’t want to waste too much product or time on the relaxed ends because eventually you’ll be cutting them off. Do not wait more than 6 months to begin cutting those ends because you could risk the ends splitting up to the new growth which is an entire MESS trust me. 5. Massage your scalp nightly. This will get the blood flowing which carry nutrients from the inside. Add our Crown Growth formula to maximize results. Big chop: 1. Whelp what’s done is done. Fall madly in love with your new look! The main focus here is to regrow healthy and stronger hair. So identify the problems you had before whether it be dry hair, dry scalp, growth problems, thinning/balding. Now plan for solutions. 2. Deep condition every two weeks (if you have dry/flaky scalp weekly). Use a deep conditioning masque and after you apply the masque use our Crown Growth formula on your scalp and hair to add nutrients and optimize moisture. 3. Hot oil treatments once a month with our Crown Growth formula will give your hair a boost of nutrients and revive the structural makeup. 4. Massage your scalp nightly. This will get the blood flowing which carry nutrients from the inside. Add our Crown Growth formula to maximize results. 5. Make use of protective styles if you’re not confident in styling during the funky length stage. Or see a natural hair stylist. Save yourself the drama. 6. Stay away from heat unless you’re deep conditioning/hot oil treatment under a hooded dryer. I didn’t use heat the first year and a half after my big chop. You’d be surprised how thinning flat ironing and blow drying can be. These are my big takeaways from my experiences and I know I would’ve had a better start had I known these beforehand and prepared myself. Good luck to you and remember if you have any questions feel free to post on our forum or take advantage of our Hair Consultation and Regiment Planning session. Peace and blessings 💜
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