For many women, the idea of “The Big Chop” is something that is terrifying, far fetched and unforeseeable. Parting with your crowning glory is a huge step – especially in a society where long hair is held to a high standard, symbolizing beauty and femininity. However, there are a number of ways that women can big chop without feeling like they’ve lost all of their sex appeal. The excuse that I most often hear is, “it won’t suit my face.” Short haircuts are far from one dimensional. There is literally a big chop style for everyone. Read on if you need some encouragement taking the plunge. In this article, I am going to discuss “Big Chop” with Flair: How to Rock Your TWA with Confidence.
For those who may not know, “The Big Chop” refers to the act of cutting off all of your relaxer to fully transition to natural. For some women, this can be sitting in a barbershop and getting a dark caesar. However, this is not the only approach. The biggest key to a successful big chop is CONFIDENCE. Wearing a short haircut, fearlessly, is 90% of its appeal. Additionally, the perfect big chop is most definitely a stylistic choice. Choosing the big chop that’s perfect for you is only a matter of careful selection and facial customization.
“Screw This” is the term that I would best pair with when a girl big chops into a baldie. It is one of the fiercest moves that I can think of – I may be partial having done it twice 🙂 Cutting it all off is usually an impulse reaction, when a women is fed up and just wants to meet her natural hair. The transitioning period is most definitely not for everyone. In fact, dealing with two textures is often times seen as an annoyance. The healthiest and most efficient way to transition is to big chop as early as possible, getting rid of the line of demarcation. If you’re set on what you want and have the confidence to match, this big chop is for you. Jazz things up with a part to make your cut a bit sassy.
What if a baldie isn’t for you? Let’s meet halfway. A tapered haircut is perfect for almost every face shape. With its short sides and lengthy top, this haircut elongates the ones of the face, adding height and slimming width. For those with round faces, that feel a baldie may emphasize, a taper is perfection. Whether faded on the sides or left with a little length, this style is flattering. This also gives a simple style with little effort, which is perfect for failed twist outs or rod sets when you’re just learning your journey.
A great way to fully transform your new do is to add color! This is a great way to go into your new look with complete confidence. It makes it not only about a new cut, but an entirely new you. If you’re feeling self conscious about the length, utilize color to add some excitement. People will be so excited about your total transformation and it will be less about what you feel that you may be lacking. Color can add an element that boosts your confidence and gives you a new outlook on this adaptive stage. To keep your short hair moisturized use an effective hair oil. Finally, if you’re thinking about chopping your hair off, then do it. This is also the perfect time for experimentation and switching things up! Go for it!
I originally published on March 28, 2018 and updated on September 2, 2021.
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I found the information very helpful I’m amazed , I didn’t know baldness eas so prevalent in black women
My daughter and me.not suffer from baldness in the top of my head.
Thank you for this information
Pat Bettis Hunter
Good article. Just finished making my first wig, a pixie. I’ve had dreads since 1996 and currently planning to chop this week- this is the third time my hair has been down my back and it’s just time to do a new thang.
I’ve been wearing weave For about eight years I recently shaved my sides off I want to do the big chop but I’m afraid I am balding at the top and I don’t know how it can be done just tired of wearing weave.
I’m new to the crew… so far have been getting mixed feedback from friends and family. However it is my hair and I’m the one who has to embrace it first.
We understand! It takes time to love your new look but you’ll be happen in the end!
I have alopecia In the Crown of my hair & Plus my hair is grey….I what to find A barber shop that can give me a awesome cut I live In Paterson NJ Any suggestions?
Hey! I’m not aware of any barbershops in that area but you can try styleseat.com
How do I get the curls ?
You can accomplish getting those curls a few different ways! You can do a twist or braid out if your hair is long enough.
Hello I was wondering where are you located and do you do the design and colors
Hello DeeDee 😊
We are based out of Austin, TX. However, we are not stylist.