I recently big chopped for the second time, after almost 4 years of growing my natural hair. I'm currently sporting a tapered cut and loving it! It's a stark difference to the large mane I've come to be associated with, but the feedback from everyone has been overwhelmingly positive.
Unsurprisingly, the question that almost everyone has asked is "Why?". To many women with afro hair (whether relaxed or natural), the idea of cutting off all the hair that they spent time and effort encouraging to grow is simply ludicrous. I however have a different take on things and I'm not alone.
I've also noticed a few other ladies (@eyedahfineme and @thelondoncurls to name a few) who have done similar chops over the last year or so and I'm sure they to had their own reasons.
There were a number of drivers that spurred my decision to big chop for the second time but since my cut, I've grown even more confident in my new look and my decision. Here's a few reasons why.
1. A new look
If you're anything like me, you'll love experimenting with your hair - twisting and pinning it every which way you can in search of a new look. Well look no further, cutting your hair is the ultimate experiment and you'll be able to find a whole heap of new ways to style your new look and hair as it grows.
Many of us spent so much time willing and wishing our hair would grow after our first big chop that we never actually took the time to enjoy it, to try different things and just have fun. A second big chop is most definitely a way to rectify this.
2. Time saving
Sometimes it actually seems unfair. We spend so much time and attention on my hair, hoping it will grow, praying in tongues that God will send holy ghost fire to anoint your tresses, only to find out that the longer your grows, the more time it takes to wash and manage. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not interested in these 14 hour wash day routines - at all! Although my wash day prior to my cut was nowhere near as long, it's undeniable that washing my fro could easily gobble up a Saturday morning or afternoon.
So you can imagine my satisfaction when washing my hair before work every Monday morning since my chop. [Reader, please pause to take that in]. I wash my hair BEFORE WORK... and to make it even better, I wash it like I'm one of those women in the herbal essences adverts - both hands in, lathering it about and like I'm dancing with my hands.
I can't remember the last time I was able to do that! This new cut is also super low maintenance and that most definitely is what I need at this stage in my life (and career).
3. Money saving
For those of you not yet aware, I'm partial to a good bargain and like to save money where I can. Another benefit of my new tapered cut is the money saved on products. As you can imagine, less hair means less products needed as everything goes much further. I've been using the 13oz Shea Moisture Plantain Yucca & Plantain conditioner once or twice a week for a month and I'm only about a quarter of the way through. I would have been nearing the end of the bottle by now pre-cut.
Going to your hairdresser or stylist could also be cheaper as often the length of your hair has an impact on the amount of time spent and subsequently price charged by your stylist. The haircut will just keep giving!
4. Showing of my face
Without my hair, I feel like there's more focus on my face and what I actually look like. I didn't realise it before but I think sometimes I was just hiding behind my fro. I quite like my face taking centre stage and fortunately I quite like my face in general. This is possibly my number one reason to do a second big chop; getting reacquainted with your face without all of the bells and whistles. The first time I chopped, I did a lot of protective styling and didn't have my little fro out enough to really achieve this.
I've found it quite empowering. Knowing that I can feel beautiful with very little hair, no weave and (99% of the time) no makeup.
So what do you think? Have you ever considered a second big chop and if you were going to, what would yours reasons/motivations be?