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You Just Big Chopped, Now What?

big chopSo you finally went for it! You big chopped and you’re felling all kinds of emotions, happy, free, scared, and excited. But, now what? You have no idea how to take care of your hair! Luckily there are many resources available to help you along your journey. However, trying to absorb all this information can get confusing and overwhelming. Here are some helpful tips to get you started growing healthy curls.

Start simple

There are so many products available on the market now for natural hair that it can be tempting to want to try them all. I know that I can definitely get carried away sometimes. It’s much easier to keep your routine simple and then add products later on as you learn what works best for you. No need to overwhelm yourself with a countless serums and smoothies from the get go.

Leave it alone!

I know you loving your new twa and can’t resist touching it every chance you get, but doing this can cause frizz and could possibly lead to breakage. It is definitely something many new naturals do but there are ways to keep you from overdoing it. One way is by styling your hair, whether is finger coils or flat twists. Because you want to keep your style you will most likely keep your hands out of your hair.

Nourish hair

Keeping your curls moisturized is so important when it comes to keeping your hair healthy and happy. Not properly moisturizing your hair could be why you may have a lot of breakage and a hard time detangling. Use a moisturizing leave- in conditioner with water as a main ingredient and seal it with an oil like coconut or avocado oil. For some this may be enough but if your curls are still feeling dry follow with a thick cream or butter for an added layer of protection.

Stay away from heat

Applying heat to your curls, either through blow drying to flat ironing, unprotected can be a disaster. Without a hair sealant to act as a barrier between your curls and the heat you can cause some irreversible damage that could require you to do a second big chop.

Put the scissors down

There is no rule that says you have to trim your hair every month. You may be chopping off length which could leave you wondering why your hair doesn’t seem to be growing. Only trim your hair to remedy split ends and to eliminate stubborn little knots.

No comparing

The most important thing to remember is to not compare your hair to anyone else’s. Everyone’s journey is their own and the sooner you learn this, the happier you will be with your new curls.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Genette July 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you for these very practical “reminders.” My hair is less than 2 inches and I struggle with dryness and growth; yet I enjoy running my fingers through it. Will try adding something creamy. Thanks a million!

    • Reply Ariane Williams August 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      You are very welcome! 🙂

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