This curly hair care tip is probably one of the most helpful things you can do to start the New Year off right. This isn’t just for all types of curlies; straighties could benefit from this as well.
Getting the big chop means just what it says — chopping, and chopping BIG. As in, not just trimming an inch or two but chopping ALL of your damaged ends. I know, I know. You’re thinking that if you do that, you’ll get rid of all of the “fabulous” growth you’ve managed to achieve in the past few years. Here’s the thing: if you haven’t been keeping up with regular (every 6-8 weeks) trims, chances are good that you’ve got several inches of dead ends. What’s more, all of that “length” you have is more than likely just scraggly ends just waiting to break off the next time you brush your hair.
You’ve got to get rid of those dead ends. For some of you, this will indeed mean cutting off nearly all of your hair and starting fresh. The good news is that for those of you transitioning, this is almost like an instant transformation — no long, drawn-out process that takes several months to a year. If you get rid of all of your damaged (from heat, relaxers, etc.) hair and only leave yourself with your new growth, you’ll be miles ahead of the game.
In addition, it’ll be in your best interest to make sure you only use a professional curl stylist — someone who specializes in curly hair of all types — for your trims. Otherwise, you may leave the salon with hair more damaged than it was when you went in, with the added “benefit” of a big frizzy mop atop your scalp.MORE: 10 Tips for Transitioning to Natural Hair