Going Natural: Transitioning vs the Big Chop (plus Quiz)

Posted Tuesday, 16 October 2012

There are two main ways to go natural they are; transitioning and big chopping. In this post I'm going to briefly just talk about what both involve and the difference between them. Also, I have included a little quiz, for those of you still struggling to choose what option will suit you.

What is Transitioning?

Transitioning is the process of growing out texturised, relaxed, chemically processed or damaged hair. It requires looking after new growth, your natural hair, as well as your processed or damaged hair. Then you have the option to either cut off the chemically processed hair when you reach your desired length or you can trim off the chemically processed hair at increments as your natural hair grows.

Transitioning is better if would like to keep length however styling and haircare can be very difficult as you have to adjust to the characteristics and needs of both hair textures. Transitioners tend to find most success in hairstyles that can hide both textures such as braid outs, twist outs, flexi rods and straw sets as well as protective styles such as braids, cornrows etc.

What is The Big Chop (BC)? 

"The Big Chop" is essentially cutting or shaving off all texturised, relaxed, chemically processed or damaged hair in one go with little or no growing out of hair. "The Big Chop" is for those of you eager to just to get started as the process take less patience.

Should I Transition or Big Chop? QUIZ