March 2, 2011

Big Chop vs. Baby Clips

One major concern of all those who go natural is how to get rid of the processed hair. They ponder the idea of cutting off the permed ends or hang on to them and make the transition. I personally took my time as I did not want to experience short hair again. Over the course of 2 years, I went in occasionally and had inches here and there sheared away. On the other hand, I know of several women who have chopped it off at once as a declaration of their freedom. I must admit, the big chop is quite symbolic! It represents the rebirth of an individual; a time when one will discover who they are as they discover the kinks and coils atop their head. Unregrettably, I never had this experience, but I do wonder what it would have been like to have a teeny weeny afro. The simple wash and go, the ease of roll over and out the door, trying products to make the curls coil...but then I am brought back to reality by the memory of my own hair tragedy and I am grateful that I transitioned.

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So, is either one better than the other? Aren't all things a matter of personal opinion and choice? And in fact, won't they both produce about the same results. If you BC, within a year your hair will grow an average of 6 inches. Granted, you will have to maintain proper trimming and in that case, with the average trim measuring a 1/2" to an inch,  (and if you follow the suggested rule of getting your ends trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks) then over the course of a year you could lose 4 to 8 inches just by trimming your ends. Additionally, if you opt for baby clips, then you'd be snipping away permed ends that you were going to give the boot anyway! But in holding on to two textures you run the risk of increasing the possibility of split ends and the lack of moisture, which will damage your virgin hair. Decisions, decisions. Sadly, this brings us back to square one, cut it all off or transition?

What do you think: Big chop or baby clips?

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  1. Am team big chop. I did my bc in July and I haven't looked back yet. However I do understand that it really depends on how comfortable a person can be with short hair many ladies transition for month just to avoid the look.

  2. i'm also team big chop. as someone who always had long hair, i was anxious to try short hair out for a try. i've never seen so much of my face or myself. no wonder other cultures make a point to shave their hair. it was enlightening and i'm glad i had the chance to do it. i think it puts things into perspective as well.


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