How do you know when it's time for the big chop

Hi everyone,
I just wanted to ask if anyone had any advice in regards to the big chop. I'm currently growing my relaxer out and my hair is growing faster than I expected and I feel like its getting close to time for me to start cutting the relaxed ends because I can't do anything with them. I have to wear braided styles. I'm afraid to do the big chop and i was hoping that i might be able to avoid it but it looks like its unavoidable at this point. I'm starting to embrace it as long as I can wear a braided style if I'm unhappy with it. If any one has any thoughts, knowledge or experience they would like to share it would be greatly appreciated. ( BTW unfortunately I don't have a picture of my hair from the last time i took it out of braids)
I think everyone will tell you only you will know when it's time to BC. I have been transitioning since April, and I know that I don't plan on cutting my hair until I am absolutely ready. At first I thought that it would be at one year, but who knows? I am having so much fun on the journey!!

Do you just have a couple of relaxed ends (inch or so) that you want to cut off? Is there that big of a difference where you don't feel that you can deal with it anymore? Are you okay with having a TWA or bigger?? I know my thing was not cutting my hair during the winter (too cold and I don't want my ears to be cold, LOL!).

One other thing, if you don't want to cut off a lot of hair, maybe consider trimming some of your relaxed ends (a mini-chop).

HTH!
You have given me some things to consider.
To answer your questions I have more than an inch of relaxed hair that just sits there lol. I'm not sure if I'm ok with having a TWA but trying to embrace the idea of giving it a try. I mean its just hair it will grow back. On the other hand I'm worried that my hair in the front is not the same texture as the hair in the back of my head. The hair in the back of my head seems straighter and less kinky and less coarse as the hair in the front feels more kinky and has some what of a weird coarse texture that I don't recall having before i relaxed my hair but then again hair changes.

When my hair is not in a braided style I get fustrated with it because its hard enough trying to figure out what my new natural hair needs without having these relaxed ends that seem to not want to do anything.
It seems that that more my hair grows the harder it is to deal with the relaxed ends and so I think a big part of the motivation to do the big chop is that I don't know what to do with my relaxed ends. I also feel like the length I had with the relaxed ends is shrinking because of how much natural hair I have. So it made me ask myself why am I holding on to them? The other thing pushing me to cut it is that I think it will grow faster if I cut the relaxed ends off.
But you do propose a good idea (a mini chop). I think a mini chop might help me to figure out am I ready for the big chop. On the other hand it might just be the solution. This way I can have a length that I'm comfortable with and maybe more manageable . If I don't like the mini chop I can still get braids as my hair continues to grow. Thanks in advance for reading all of this and for all of your help I'm really considering this mini chop idea
No problem. Good luck with the cut! Please post pics, I am excited to see it!
I still haven't done the chop. I'm trying to figure out what exactly my hair stylist would do after she cut my hair. I've never seen her do hair that was natural. I know she is very talented and I'm sure she has some clients with natural hair.... If you have any suggestions as to what I should do or natural hairstyles I would really appreciate it.
Most stylists will blow dry the hair straight in order to cut it. I would say a roller set or two-strand twists (twisted back like a cornrow style w/ rollers on the ends).

I know when I did my mini-chop around Thanksgiving, my stylist did my hair straight and I hated it. I felt so plain! So, I washed it out about 4 days later and my curls returned. I felt normal again, lol!
I still haven't done the chop. I'm trying to figure out what exactly my hair stylist would do after she cut my hair. I've never seen her do hair that was natural. I know she is very talented and I'm sure she has some clients with natural hair.... If you have any suggestions as to what I should do or natural hairstyles I would really appreciate it.
Originally Posted by sdc2089

I personally found Maria G's page on CurlyNikki.com to be helpful when I was transitioning. It's at: http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/06/re...sitioners.html

Hope this helps!
Fotki

I checked out the site and it was helpful. She has tons of links to other blogs and useful information. I find it inspiring to start my own blog about my transition. It says that helps to keep things in perspective. Thanks for the help i need it because im so tempted to relax my hair. The only reason why i haven't is because i'm too broke to get it done.
Most stylists will blow dry the hair straight in order to cut it. I would say a roller set or two-strand twists (twisted back like a cornrow style w/ rollers on the ends).

I know when I did my mini-chop around Thanksgiving, my stylist did my hair straight and I hated it. I felt so plain! So, I washed it out about 4 days later and my curls returned. I felt normal again, lol!
Originally Posted by ktip_transitioner
The two strand twist sounds like a good suggestion but I work at Hollister & Co ( Abercrombie & Fitch) and we have a specific look policy. We can't have anything attached to the head like cornrows. Working at Hollister is making it hard for me to find transition friendly hairstyles. Thank you for the suggestions I appreciate the response
Well, if you do that type of style, you could do a twist out. The twists are in only until your hair dries and then you take it out for a spiral type curl. See website for example:http://www.cherrylola.com/2009/03/ma...ola-treatment/. Look at the pics of her hair. It's basically your hair, just uniformly curly...not attached to the head.

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