When it comes to going natural, the first decision one has to make is how you will start it. Are you going to do the big chop?  Do you want to go for long term transitioning? Both are good choices. While one is instant, the other is a gradual process.

I'm going to discuss the pros and cons of each of them. It is left for you to decide which one to go with or suits you best.

Big chop involves cutting off all of the relaxed, damaged and overprocessed part of the hair.

Benefits of the Big Chop

1. Easier to Manage

Imagine sleeping an extra 30 minutes in the morning because you don't have much to do with your hair. That would be lovely. When you do the big chop you have less hair to manage. All you need to do in the morning is spray it with water,  apply products, comb or brush (your choice) and boom, you're ready to go. I enjoyed this freedom for the first 4 months after my big chop and I can say it was really nice.

2. Products Work Better

When you do the big chop it is easier to find products that works for your hair texture. You can start by experimenting with different products until you eventually find the ones that work best for you. Here you don't have to worry about the products that will work for two different textures so it will be a whole lot easier finding what works for you.

3. Hair grows faster

Hair grow at the same rate whether big chop or transitioning but retaining that length is also important. When you big chop you get rid of the damaged hair all at once so your hair is less prone to breakage thereby you retain more length. This gives the illusion of a faster hair growth.

Drawbacks of the Big Chop

One drawback of the big chop is short hair. For those that love updos and protective styles, there will be limited options for them to chose from.

You will look totally different. Some women don't like the way they look when they do the big chop maybe because of the shape of their head or face and this can lead to depression.

Rude comments from family and friends can also make the period just after your big chop a daunting and trying time.


Long term transitioning is the process of growing out the damaged part of the hair by ditching the relaxers/texturizers and having trims from time to time until the damaged part is totally gone.

Benefits of Transitioning

When you transition, you get to keep your length so you will still be able to rock different updos and hairstyles. You have to be extra careful about the kind of styles you install because the point where your natural hair meets the relaxed part is very fragile and is prone to breakage.

Another benefit is that as you grow the relaxed part out, you get to learn gradually about your natural hair texture. Before your hair turns completely natural you must have known a lot about your hair.

Drawbacks of Transitioning

The major drawback of transitioning is that you get to manage two-textures; the new growth and the relaxed part. It is harder to find products that will work well for both textures. And then you have to deal with the breakage and shedding.

Big chop or long term transitioning, whichever of them is more appealing to you, go for it. As long as you're doing it right and you love your hair.

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