so what is the best answer to the question how to grow 4c hair after big chop? Well, today we are looking into some helpful ways to learn how to grow your 4c hair even after the famous big chop!
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How To Grow 4C Hair After Big Chop
SO… WHAT IS A BIG CHOP?
When you hear someone says the word big chop you should know that it is a term coined in the natural hair community where you either cut off all of the chemically processed ends of your hair or cut a significant amount of your hair that results in a very very short style.
Many black women who decide to go natural make the “big chop” as a way of starting fresh and wearing their natural curls for the first time completely.
Some most of the time women choose to transition to their natural curls, slowly cutting off the relaxed ends every couple of weeks.
Here are some great things to do if you want to learn how to grow your 4c hair after the big chop:
1. Get Your Hair styled/shaped by a professional
There’s a difference between cutting your hair off yourself, in your bathroom, vs. getting your hair cut a professional to make sure it is styled correctly. Depending on how short you go, after you big chop natural hair, I even suggest finding a trusted barber.
After cutting you may be surprised by the actual shape of your head and it’s possible you won’t know how to make sure the remaining hair frames your face well.
A professional stylist or barber will help to make sure your cut is stylish and on-trend. A great shape-up goes a long way with rocking a super short look. The last thing you want is to cut all your hair off and hate the results. Talk to someone you trust and use inspiration photos to give your stylist or barber an idea of what you want.
2. Be patient!
As a new natural, I’m sure you are anxious to try every product on the market. And trust me at some point you will (I can’t even count the number of products I’ve tried). After you big chop natural hair, take advantage of product samples before buying full-size products.
Because shorter hair will cause far less product, using product samples will save you time and money down the line until you build up your holy grail list.
Some brands even sell smaller size product samples in stores now to help with this. Companies are realizing women invest a ton of money into hair care, but become even more frustrated after spending tons of money only to find nothing works for them.
If you can’t find samples in-store, request free samples from the brands you want to try.
3. Develop a regimen now…this will help you later
This is the question most women ask after the big chop “What should I do to my hair now that I’m natural?” At the core, you must do the same traditional things you did with relaxed hair. Shampoo, deep condition, maintain trims, etc on a regular basis.
Those things don’t change. The biggest change, however; is the frequency of how often you choose to implement those activities. Here are my healthy hair regimen suggestions:
- Shampoo: Try and do that at the minimum, every 7-9 days. Healthy natural hair growth starts with a clean scalp. Shampooing weekly will help to remove product build-up, environmental factors, dust, sweat etc to ensure your pores aren’t clogged and hair growth can occur freely.
- Deep Condition: Once a week or each time you shampoo. Make sure you have a great moisturizing conditioner and a balancing protein conditioner.
- Moisturize: EVERY DAY!
- Trims: Every 8-12 weeks or as suggested by your professional stylist.
Developing a healthy hair regimen after you big chop natural hair will put you in a great position for when your hair grows longer. By then you will have your favorites figured out and you will know what your hair responds well to as far as products.
4. Stop stressing over your curl pattern
After you big chop your natural hair, more than likely you will be obsessed with your curl pattern… I’ve experienced that..! This is normal but you should know your curl pattern and type (3c, 4a, 4c, etc). Just enjoy the journey and try to stop stressing over that.
Here’s a little secret: healthy hair isn’t determined by your curl type. It has no bearing on how long your hair will grow or how fast it will grow. Here are other things to focus on and understand.
Porosity determines your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Since dryness is the number one problem natural hair women have, understanding this after you big chop will help dramatically.
Density has to do with how many individual strands of hair you have in total. An easy way to think of this is how many strands you have per square inch. Extremely dense hair can easily achieve big voluminous styles simply because the hair is more compact per square inch..
- TEXTURE (WIDTH):
Texture is all about the width of each individual strand of hair you have. Hair textures are classified 3 ways: Fine, medium or thick. You’ll often find people refer to thick hair as coarse – especially women categorized in the 4C category. Because fine textures are delicate this texture is also more prone to breakage.
Elasticity has to do with the “stretchiness” of your natural hair. If your hair has a hard time stretching when wet and does not return to its natural state after pulling, your natural hair more than likely has low elasticity.
5. Make moisturizing your #1 priority
Every day. This is how often I moisturize my hair. Your naturally curly hair will be drier than your relaxed hair so accept that now too. This doesn’t mean taking care of your natural hair has to be hard, you just have to know how to combat dryness. Leave-in conditioners, hair lotions, or just simple H20 will get the job done.
One of my favorite DIY refresher sprays consists of water, avocado oil, and aloe vera juice. You can get all of this at your local grocery store, including a $2-$3 spray bottle.
Outside of what you put on top of your hair, don’t forget what you put inside of your body in a huge factor as well. You should consume at least half your weight in ounces of water.
For example, I am 170 lbs, therefore; I need to drink at least 85 ounces of water (which is a little over 5 bottles). To make things easier at one point I just used my H20 on the Go Water bottle. Once I finish this for the day, I’ve pretty much reached my goal.
6. Have a great support system
Ever heard the saying “When a woman cuts her hair she is about to change her life?” Well, I wholeheartedly believe this saying. For a lot of women (not all) hair is a very emotional connection. As a result, make sure you have a great support system around you after your big chop.
The last thing you need is negativity and people asking when you are going to slap a perm back in your head because your hair looks “crazy”. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Instead, follow bloggers and vloggers you love, watch their videos and draw inspiration from people online.
Here are some other things to know as you embark on your big chop natural hair journey.
Big chop natural hair products to try next:
The good thing about embarking on a big chop journey is the amount of product you can save! A little goes a long way. You do not need to pile on a ton of hair products to get results.
Eventually you will find what your hair loves the most is water but here are a few other products to check out.
- Eco Styler Gel – Yes this might sound basic but it gets the job done and it is super easy for anyone to use!
- The Mane Choice 3-In-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, & Detangler
- Obia Natural Curl Moisture Cream – perfectly pH balanced and one of the best leave in conditioners I’ve ever used
- TGIN Curl Bomb – another option for a healthy gel based product if you prefer gels over cream curl definers
There you have it, How To Grow 4C Hair After Big Chop
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