Hey curlfriends. I feel like I can legitimately say that now. LOL. I have been natural on and off for over 12 years. Yup. I generally prefer to “keepitkinky” but I LOVE to dabble in different styles and looks. I’ve done everything from wigs to relaxers to weaves and I will still dabble in a multitude of styles. Still, my ultimate goal is to keep my hair kinky as my primary, go-to style. I planned to wear my hair straight for a year but got bored after 6 months. So, I transitioned for about a year, and a few sleepless nights ago,
I finally big chopped (cut off all of my relaxed hair). I wanted a little company (cyber company) so I showed everything on Instagram in stages.
It started here. I hated the strings and really didn’t feel like blow-drying my hair just so that I could style in quickly.
Then I experimented in the middle of my head.
Decided to commit by starting in the front so I wouldn’t punk out. LOL.
Then continued section by section.
Until I was left with this!
How I Big Chopped
The process was pretty simple and I believe is one of the safest ways to big chop on your own hair.
- Pre-poo to hydrate curls. Hydrated curls curl best.
- Wash hair (making sure hair is detangled in sections during conditioning).
- Towel blot to remove excess water.
- Mist hair with a slippery conditioner and water mixture.
- Put hair in lots of manageable sections
- Apply the mixture to small sections and use a paddle brush or denman to detangle small sections. This will make the hair clump and show you the strings that you can cut off.
- Cut right where your natural hair meets the relaxed hair.
- Now you’re ready to style.
Watch this quick video below showing my process.
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I big chop regularly (every 3-4 years) but for some reason, I was in shock. I immediately drew for one of my brightest lipsticks. I have to let it be obvious that I’M A GIRL. Hahahaha. I eventually swapped it out for a more muted colour… and I loved it. I didn’t plan to big chop. I really just couldn’t sleep after my cat woke me at midnight. I had no hairstyle plan. So, I ended up doing my very first wash n’go. This was the result.
How I Washed and Went
- Wash hair being sure to detangle in sections with the conditioner.
- Very lightly towel dry so that my natural hair isn’t dripping everywhere and messing up the bathroom floor.
- Mist hair with water and conditioner (I suggest a cheapie like VO5 Moisture Milks)
- Oil hair with a liquid oil like coconut or olive oil.
- Starting at the back in small sections, finger comb gel into hair (I recommend Eco Styler Gel which hardly ever flakes). Rake/comb section until the hair clumps and curls hair to make your natural texture defined and obvious.
- Repeat going upwards until complete.
- Check for any globs of gel and remove that with a damp cloth or towel. Globs almost never dry well.
- Use a diffuser to dry your hair about 50% or sit under a dryer for 10-15 minutes. You don’t have to do this step but your hair will take quite a while to dry.
- Head out the door.
And lastly, check out my curl pattern. I’m pretty darn happy. 😉 Will show pics of Day-2-Hair on my personal Instagram page @diedrecallam.