One of my favorite things about big chopping is that you can track your process!
Last week, I put out a post called 9 Reasons Not to Big Chop. I shared the post on Facebook and was challenged to put out a different post, but this time, it was for big chopping. While I do acknowledge my own issues with the big chop, I also want to highlight that big chopping can also be a good thing. Many women find their beauty and strength after they cut away their chemically processed hair to start anew and see themselves as they really are. So here it is, 8 Reasons to Big Chop!
1. You're Ready Now. You've put in the research, you're 100% sure that natural hair is for you. There's no reason to wait, big chop now so that you can begin your natural hair journey.
2. No turning back. If you have decided to go natural, but are worried that you are going to give up and relax, big chopping will make it easier for you to stay natural. You won't have to worry about taking care of two textures. Instead, you can gradually get used to your hair and texture as it gradually gets longer.
3. Save Time. Save Money. There's no doubt about this, big chopping will cut down on the time you spend on your hair, as well as money on products. Your wash day routine will go from 2 hours to 2 minutes.
4. Naptural Hair Anniversary. Big chopping gives your natural hair journey an official start date. You won't have to wonder when you first decided to go natural because your hair will have a specified anniversary date (and yes, celebrate this naptural hair anniversary with cake and a deep conditioner, lol).
5. You can enjoy it. The nice thing about big chopping and short hair...you can actual enjoy this time instead of worrying about styling your hair and wash day, lol.
6. You're a hair chameleon. If you change your hairstyle, cut or color all the time, big chop. You'll be able to enjoy your hair, and you'll have a ton of options when you're ready for a new style (long weave, poetic justice braids, tapered honey blond cut, the options are endless).
7. Time to experiment. I never did this but I really should've taken the chance. If you've ever wanted to add color or get a unique hair cut, now is the time! (I wanted to shave the side of my hair and dye it light pink. At this point, I'm too scared to do a color rinse and have a job where a unnatural colors are not considered appropriate, lol).
8. It's one of the best experiences. My big chop, while frustrating and stressful, was one of the best experiences of my life. It taught me that I am more than my hair. That I am more than what I see in the mirror. My hair didn't help me graduate college with honors or get into graduate school. It was all me. You learn about yourself when you big chop, you learn who you are and how beautiful you are. Even though transitioning would've allowed me to keep the long hair, I would've missed out on becoming a better person.