Wednesday, March 9, 2016

K.I.S.S. Naturals: Should I Transition into or "Big Chop" My Natural Hair?

Hi! :)

I hope you ladies and gents are doing well. This is the first OFFICIAL  post of K.I.S.S. Naturals!
AHHHHH!!!!! (milly rocks like a boss)

One of the things that I see on the internet involves this scenario:

"I'm deciding on going natural, but I don't know if I want to transition into natural hair or BC...What should I do?"

I'm going to stop you right there, beloved.

There are pros and cons to either methods to ultimately achieving natural hair (hair chemical (or lye)-free).

This guideline should make it easier on deciding what to do to achieve natural hair.

  • Big Chop (B.C.): Immediately removing relaxed/chemically treated hair, leaving untreated natural hair behind. 
    • Pros
      • Learning curve dealing with natural hair (easier to deal with)
      • Less breakage than transitioning into natural hair
      • Less products needed; can be a money saver
      • Low maintenance 
      • Standing out from a crowd
      • Challenges one to be fashionable in other ways; can't hide behind hair
    • Cons
      • Learning curve dealing with natural hair 
      • Can be a stark contrast to long hair
      • Standing out from a crowd
      • Dealing with criticism from outsiders

  • Transitioning: Gradually growing out relaxed/chemically treated hair, dealing with two different textures at the same time.
    • Pros
      • Thicker hair, makes for voluminous hairstyles
      • Avoiding the shock of having short hair
      • Not as steep of a learning curve when dealing with natural hair
        • You're able to figure out what works best with your hair while dealing with the two textures
    • Cons:
      • Dealing with two different textures (relaxed and natural hair)
      • Figuring out hairstyles that would blend the two different textures (Tip: bantu knots work!)
      • Hair is more prone to breakage! The point where your natural and relaxed hair (demarcation) meet is HIGHLY fragile!
Welp, that is all that I have... if you guys can think of any other pros and cons to big chopping/ transitioning let me know in the comments below! 

Awesome looking TWA!

Side Note:
I tried both methods, and ultimately big chopped. If you want to find out why, I posted a video about it. Check out the archives! Plus, I just celebrated my 7 year NAPTURAL anniversary! ^__^

Talk to you soon.



  1. Great post! I would add to the list (of cons) for transitioners that exposure to moisture, heat and humidity can be a challenge! The natural texture once exposed will NOT match the relaxed texture. I learned that the hard way trying to transition during warmer months, lol!

    1. I sincerely apologize for this extremely late post.
      But YES we have ALL been there ok?! LOL

      Thank you so much for commenting, it means a lot. <3