See below for Big Chopper hair hurdles and tips.
Many people are fascinated, yet often frustrated, with the manageability challenges of their new growth and want to go back to relaxing. Don’t! The first 6-8 months of growth are not your true natural curl pattern or hair texture. Your scalp and follicles are still healing, so you’ll need to do everything you can to make it through this “scab hair period” and into your true hair texture.
SOLUTION: Get trims regularly and don’t worry about getting a lot of length in the beginning. With each trim you can cut away more and more of the “scab hair.” Embrace your sassy side and wear your hair in a TWA (teeny-weeny afro) and style it with accessories like headbands, hats and barrettes. Freshly cut ends also make detangling much easier!
You may find that your curls need some training. As your true curl pattern comes in, you may realize that your curl pattern isn’t uniform all over your head.
SOLUTION: Every Big Chopper must learn how to do a two-strand twist using a deep nourishing cream to moisturize while it sets! This helps freeze your hair into a curl pattern and helps train it to grow into more defined S-shaped curls. See your stylist or checkout for tips to master this styling technique
No matter what you seem to try, your hair still feels dry. This happens to a lot of women since curly hair is naturally drier than other hair types, so you need to find a way to deeply moisturize it as much as possible.
SOLUTION: Introduce yourself to Co-Washing. Instead of using a shampoo, even if it’s sulfate-free, you want to take a daily conditioner and use it just like you would a shampoo. That’s right, work it into wet hair, massage it into your scalp and hair to break up product and dirt, then rinse it away. This cleanses your hair, but also puts more moisture into your hair than any shampoo could on its own.
We recommend Black Vanilla Moisturizing Conditioner or Tui Moisturizing Conditioner.