what is the 'big chop?

I've seen many references to something called the big chop. What is it? My hair has been getting pretty long and I swim so the ends typically get dry and split. I have 3b hair (i think) and was interested in getting it cut short. I haven't gotten any length taken off for 6 years now (except for cutting the dead ends off periodically) I had a horrible cut which made my hair fluff out 4 inches to the side. It was around chin length so im nervous bout getting a short cut. 

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"Big chop" refers to cutting off the relaxed ends of a person's hair, resulting in a fairly short hairstyle. It's usually used by the kinkier hair types who are transitioning from relaxed or permed hair to natural hair.