Big Chop vs Transitioning

Sometimes as a natural hair blogger I tend to assume that everyone knows what the big chop means or what transitioning means and that’s a big error on my part because, lots of women have no clue what those two words mean in natural hair lingo. So I’ve decided to write a few posts on Natural Hair basics in the coming months. These posts will explain what some words in natural hair lingo mean and how they may or may not affect your natural hair journey.

So, the big question, to Big Chop or to Transition? 

My answer is, it depends on you.

The big chop means to cut all or most of your hair off to have a fresh start.

To transition means to slowly grow out your natural hair while leaving your relaxed ends attached.

So if you want a new start immediately and you are truly fine with shaving all your hair off then by all means do the big chop. Just don’t do it because someone else did it, do it for you!

Just recently, I met someone who had already mentally prepared herself to cut her hair and she came all the way from Abuja to make sure no one would talk her out of it.

That’s what I mean by do it for you and rock your bald head or short fro with confidence. Eventually everyone comes around to your decision.

To transition requires dealing with two different textures on ones head. It requires patience, gentle hands and optimal care because the point at which the relaxed and natural hair meet is very fragile and prone to breakage.

Four years ago, I chose to transition because I wanted to be able to style my natural hair in a bun before cutting my relaxed ends off. I transitioned for approximately 7 months and then spontaneously decided to cut off my relaxed ends.

In summary, choosing between doing the big chop or transitioning should be a personal decision. Just know that, the big chop liberates you from your relaxed ends immediately while transitioning allows you to grow your hair for as long as you want before cutting your relaxed ends off. Either way, you’ve made one of the best decisions for your hair, and that is. to grow and care for it naturally.
Did you big chop or transition? Why? Let me know in the comment section below! 🙂