19 Mar

To Chop or Not To Chop

To Chop or Not to Chop

The day of the Naturalista has arrived! Almost everyone is returning their hair to  natural or at least considering it. Well as a cosmetologist who specializes in natural hair care maintenance, I find that one of the biggest questions I get from those in the transitioning phase is, so should I do the big chop, or nah?

Well my answer varies and let me tell you why!

To Chop: I always suggest chopping it off if my client is experiencing difficulty with her transitioning. By difficulty I mean, every time you shampoo your hair you are having a lot of tangling or matting, thus it’s causing breakage to detangle. I also recommend the big chop if the client is just ready to experience the full extent of her natural hair, or curl pattern and is just tired of the wait! The benefits of doing the big chop is that now you don’t have to deal with maintaining two textures of hair on one head and the beauty/versatility of returning natural! I myself did the big chop the very first time I decided to go back to my natural state and I absolutely loved it!

 

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NOT to Chop: Now, if you have long hair and you’ve had it for a long time, I don’t recommend you doing the big chop. It will be a shock to your system and you will more than likely resent you decision in doing so.  I also suggest that woman with a less coarse texture hair to allow there hair to transition without cutting because, softer hair is more manageable for them. You won’t have problems shampooing and styling (be it a heat or no heat style) at home and if you do, just book a standing appointment with your hairstylist until the transitioning phase is complete! I recommend weekly or biweekly visits.

That’s is my recommendation Ladies, wish you all the best in your journey of returning natural! Please feel free to ask any questions, address any concerns, or just leave a comment of your thoughts on the post!  Thanks for taking time to educate yourself about your hair!

Sincerely the stylist that loves your hair more than you,

              Thee Hair Guru

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Lindsey Tillery commonly known as Lyn Thee Hair Guru is a New Orleans native that has been designing hair since the tender age of 13 years old. She began styling natural hair in different variations of braids that were often worn at the time and her first clients were her sisters and the neighborhood girls that were inpressed by her work. During Katrina Lyn settled in the nearby city of Baton Rouge, attended Aveda Institute there and started at thriving clientele base that is faithful and endearing to this day. She is continually fine tuning her craft in hair artistry by attending advancing and innovating hair conventions around the U.S. Lyn is always eager to share her knowledge regarding her industry and will continue to make a positive impact on the industry through her love and passion for it.

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2 thoughts on “To Chop or Not To Chop

    • I would suggest getting a trim every 6 to 8 weeks. This was a major problem for me after my big chop because I just didn’t do it at all…lol… You only want your stylist to trim off any damaged or split ends…If you are using protective styles during your transition you may not need to trim this often. I hope this helps:)

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