You now understand that you will have to dedicate some QT time with your tresses and that it ain’t gonna be free. The next thing you have to decide is if you want to Big Chop – affectionately called BC – or if you want to transition, or a combination of the two. Doing a BC is the act of cutting off all of your relaxed hair leaving you with a TWA (Tinny Winny Afro). This is the method that I chose. But at first I was attempting to transition and i did a couple of styles. Then one day I just got so excited about going natural that’s I Big Chopped. Transitioning is to allow your relaxed ends to grow out without doing a BC. You will have mixed hair: relaxed ends and natural roots. Many who choose this option trim the relaxed ends each month until ultimately being left with natural hair only. Naturals who transition have been known to do is for up yo two years. By then they have a good amount of natural hair and doing a BC is not necessary that big at all. Another choice for transitioning is letting the natural hair grow until you have a length that you are comfortable with then do a BC. Those choosing this option sometimes will have around 4 inches of natural hair.
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Disclaimer: Everything listed here is basic and is meant to be a starting point. The links I’ve including will take you to some of the products I use for the various steps of maintaining my natural hair. I am no expert on hair care, I do not have my cosmetology license, nor am I a chemist, biologist, or scientist. I am a natural women who’s been researching natural hair care since 2012. I am however an expert in my own hair story and that’s what being natural is all about…developing a relationship with the hairs on your own head. I share what has worked for me in hopes that it may work for you as well.