My Big Chop: Pros & Cons

My Big Chop - April 6, 2011

In celebration of my upcoming 1-year natural hair anniversary, here is another post that sort of reflects on my decision to go natural and the process I went through. After transitioning for three months, I decided to go ahead and do the big chop (BC).

Doing the BC was probably one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. I really wanted to do it, but to say I didn’t have doubts and struggles would be a lie. At the beginning of my “journey” I was a YouTube addict. I would see how much growth other young ladies had experienced and I was so anxious to get the process going. So anxious that I didn’t take a lot of time to research other ways I could transition without cutting all my hair off.

In retrospect, I’m glad I went ahead and did it. BUT looking back, I would have transitioned just a little while longer to give me more length before chopping. So I decided to put together a list of my pros/cons of doing the BC.


– Didn’t have to try and manage two different hair textures

– Stayed cool during the hot summer months in Mississippi

– Was able to learn my hair a little better (meaning I could see the curl pattern and experiment with different products without worrying so much about how it would look the next day)

– Helped me develop true self-confidence…I didn’t have anything to hide behind

– I think it saved me from further damaging my hair

– Didn’t have to spend a lot of time styling my hair

– I could wear pretty flowers in my hair (now I can’t lol)



– Not very many styling options in the first 1-3 months, so I had a lot of days where I was frustrated

– Most expensive phase of my journey thus far (I went through a lot of products b/c I washed my hair everyday)

– People staring! (although they still do this)

– Feeling insecure/regrets about it (in the beginning…quickly changed around month 4)


As you can see, there are more pros than cons. I think what people should try and remember is that you can transition and maintain healthy hair. At some point though¬†you’re going to have to cut it, so that’s why many of us just go ahead and do the big chop and get it over with. If I can think of any additional pros/cons, I’ll make sure I update this post with them!

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