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Natural Hair Styles: Taking Care of Your Hair After the Big Chop
6 Things You Must Do After the Big Chop!
Exhilarating to terrifying. The decision to go for the big chop, whether it’s your first time or your third, can send us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. It is a good style option if you are going from processed to natural hair or if you need a fresh start after your curly hair has suffered excessive heat damage.
Of course, there are many who decide to go for the big chop and rock the TWA (teeny weeny afro) it brings because they are looking for a new, awesome style. It can be a way of welcoming a major life change or a new stage of your life, too.
Whatever the reason, the TWA is a great opportunity to get to know and understand your natural curly hair while developing your own natural haircare routine.
Among the many different lengths and textures of Black hair, short hair is notorious for how fast it dries out. Prevent drying by moisturizing your TWA daily. Your curls look healthier and you get better results for twist outs and Bantu knot outs when your hair is properly moisturized.
Practice the LOC method of liquid (water-based moisturizer) followed by a sealing oil and then a cream. Also, have a bottle of moisturizer handy to spritz your hair as needed throughout the day. Deep conditioning once a week or every two weeks really helps to hydrate and moisturize curly hair, too
Hats. wigs, braids, and extensions can protect your ends while limiting moisture loss. Other protective measures include wrapping your curls at night, sleeping with a bonnet, and using a silk or satin pillow case. Remember, too, that your hair and scalp still need to be moisturized if you decide to go with a protective style.
Trimming your short hair is necessary for it to grow back stronger and longer (if new length is what you are after). Damaged ends also negatively affect curl definition. A 6-8-week trim is often recommended but you can lengthen the time between trims if you reduce breakage by moisturizing regularly and aiming for low manipulation of your curls.
Clean hair and scalp are best for healthy natural hair growth. Wash your hair weekly or every other week, as needed, keeping in mind that product build up makes hair harder to style. If having shorter hair makes gives you the urge to wash it each time you are in the shower, then co-washing (conditioner washing) is a good option for you.
The best piece of advice here is to find what works for you. That will probably mean a lot of experimenting in the beginning of your TWA to find a good combination of what you like and what works.
Your basic natural haircare products will include a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to cleanse your hair; moisturizer (such as a leave-in conditioner); sealing oil to lock all the lovely moisture in; and a styling gel.
Short hair is NOT equal to boring hair. There is a myriad of natural hair styles that go really well with your TWA. Twist outs, Bantu knots, finger shingling, finger coiling, and a wash and go are just a few. And, you may decide to do an all-over color or just highlights. For the cut itself, consider a taper or fade with a side part (or two).
Embrace and Enjoy!
You have a brand new look and many natural hairstyles that go with it. You also have healthy hair (or you’re working to get it there) – so enjoy it and yes, even flaunt it a bit!
Did you Big Chop? What your tips for a newbie?!
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