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4 Misconceptions of the Big Chop 

My hair has been a constant concern and discussion for as long as I can remember. I had my first cream and crack hair treatment before my first day of grade school. In result, my hair was never able to grow past my shoulders. This wasn’t my mother’s fault, this was society’s doing. In the early 90s black hair wasn’t looked at as naturally beautiful. So natural hair knowledge and products weren’t available. The easiest thing to do; for course hair like mine, was to put a perm and hot comb to it. 

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 12.43.04 PMAfter 20 years of chemical, heat, color, and tension damage I finally had enough, or maybe I just tried all the Rihanna styles I could and I was ready to move on to Solange. 

February 2017 I made the BIG CHOP! Urban Dictionary definition: Big Chop or ‘BC’ is when a person cuts their hair to obtain the ‘natural’ state. The person cuts out the hair dye, chemical perm, or relaxer from their hair.

I thought it would be easy. I’ve cut my hair really short before, but using a relaxer (I wasn’t kidding about the Rihanna thing). This time was different. I walked out the salon crying. Didn’t tip the stylist just stormed out of there. I saw my true hair texture for the first time, and it was frightening. So many thoughts ran through my head. I was misled by social media and the hair bloggers. I felt betrayed. I thought my hair was going to be effortlessly beautiful as soon as the scissors left my head. It was all a lie. 

This “beautiful,” “liberating” process has been anything but, and it’s time these misconceptions be addressed. 

THE MISCONCEPTIONS: 

  1.  “My curls are going to be poppin” 
    1. Not even Beyonce can wake up like that. Every curly girl knows that it’s a process to define your curls, and every girl has a different process depending on their hair type. 2b-3b hair may just need curl cream or leave-in conditioner. 3c-4c hair may have to use the finger coil, or twist out method with curl activating products like Eco Style Gel or a curl pudding. 
  2.  “My hair is going to grow so much faster”
    1. Okay, this much is true, but only if you educate yourself. You can’t have the same hair routine that you once had with straight hair. When I talk to other girls about hair care they always seem to be making the same mistakes. Oil is not a moisturizer, and using shampoo more than twice a week can dry out your hair, girlfriends. Here’s a hair routine I find very helpful: 
      1. Daily Moisturize. (Product help: tgin Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer)
      2. Weekly Co-Wash, Detangle, and Use-Leave in conditioner. (Product help: Shea Moisture Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser, and Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-In Conditioner)
      3. Monthly Deep Condition. (Try making your own: Our Hair Soup
  3. “I don’t think I have the face for it”
    1. When people tell me,”You can do the short hair look because you have the face for it” or “my man likes long hair on me”, I just want to scream. Long hair on women is socially acceptable but it doesn’t represent beauty. This is a misconception inside of my misconceptions. Short haired women are as beautiful as long haired women. If you are worried about not “looking feminine” enough, forget about your hair for a moment and think about how you’re presenting yourself. To feel more girly wear larger stylish earrings, try soft subtle makeup and dress to the nines. 
  4. “Short hair is less maintenance, right?” 
    1. Like anything else you want in life, you have to work for it. Depending on how you have your hair styled or cut you will have to maintain it. Also, don’t forget those trims!

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Kiara Brown

The Creative Director of The G Spot Blog. I am first a blogger, second a stylist, and an equally an artist. Style On, Ki Brown @KiStyleMe

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