Fear of Big Chop: Going Natural

September 11, 2013 by thelovelyone  
Published in Hair

Not wanting to go natural because of big chop.

Having been relaxed my entire life; it has become a fear to go natural. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I realized that I would enjoy my hair a lot more if it were natural—I feel as though my hair would have more versatility than it does now. Having relaxed hair has caused my hair to become thinner over time. I would not say that I necessarily have thin hair but it is a lot thinner than it used to be. No matter what hair care products I put in my hair, I realized that it will not thicken or become healthy. I love everything about being natural and the only thing that I fear about going natural is the big chop or having short hair.

There are a lot of women that have stated that one does not have to do the big chop if they want to go natural. But I feel that I have to in order to maintain my hair. Having natural and relaxed hair at the same time can be a pain to take care of. You would have to fret about excessive shedding, damaged hair and breakage. In order to protect the new growth and ensure the natural hair is protected, it is ideal to do the big chop.

Doing the big chop entails having extra short hair, which is beautiful but not on me. I am certain that there is an array of women who feel the same way. There are a lot of women who would tell you that you can wear weaves and wigs until the hair grows out. Well, here is the issue with that. The sole purpose of being on a healthy hair care journey is so that I wouldn’t have to wear weave anymore. Every single time that I have worn weaves, I would cultivate sores and scabs—I want to be free of that and I want to be free of weave.    

Since I had these fears, I had to find the incentive to actually go through with the big chop or go natural. So, I started listening to India Aries’ song “I am not my hair” and I go on to read about the many women who executed the big chop and their hair grew back so fast. It was as if they did not have the short hair for very long so I feel that if they can do it, so can I. It is true, I am not my hair and I want to go natural, I should be a fraid to have short hair for a short period of time; hair does not define who I am. If you want to go natural, do not let something as small as not wanting to have short hair stop you.   

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