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In part 1 of the Going Natural Series, we talked about what is known in the commonwealth of natural hair as “the big chop”, which is the act of cutting all of the relaxed hair off in one fell swoop, and leaving only the new growth. In terms of the process, this is the “all in” option, similar to jumping in to the mosh pit. There is no easing in and for many is a pivotal moment in their personal hair-volution. There is a sense of urgency that comes with it as it is immediate, bold and deliberate and should be treaded lightly if your choose this route.
Know what you’re getting into
Dealing with a new head of hair can be nothing short of intimidating. If you have not dealt with your mane on this level, it stands to reason that you don’t know what to expect. The entire “going natural” process comes with a good degree of unpredictability and in recognizing that, give yourself permission to “not know”. Sometimes we are uncomfortable with being vulnerable and entering unknown territory; however, there is beauty in vulnerability. It provides the opportunity to allow the process to happen organically.
Debuting your new closely cropped mane will draw many reactions from your family, peers and strangers; particularly if your relaxed hair was a particular length. There are many mixed messages sent about what is beautiful and long hair is almost worshiped in our society. Although it is sometimes easier said than done, own your new look and the confidence will follow, if not be parallel. While we all seek some form of acceptance, do not seek validation and know that your value is not tied up in what others think about your hair.
Don’t Take It Too Serious
Enjoy your hair and the freedom that it represents and let that be the end of it. Jill Scott gets to the heart of when speaking about her big chop; “This is the simplest form of myself. I look in the mirror and its like, ‘Hey, there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. “