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Big chop?

Zippytatiana9Zippytatiana9 Posts: 134Registered Users
I've been transitioning since September and the only chemical I've put in my hair was a perm in the 5th grade(2010). I have heat damage and I'm having trouble about what I should do when I go to get it cut. My heat damage is on the left side in the front & some pieces in the back. The right side of my head has no heat damage and a section on the left side has none either. Since it is in strange places I'm not sure if I should BC or cut little by little?

BTW, I'm thinking about cutting it in June
Started my journey September 8th, 20138)
High Density, 4A Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, Low/normal porosity
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful":love5:

Comments

  • CurlyCitaCurlyCita Posts: 152Registered Users
    In my opinion, you could try and just continue to transition and continue to take really good care of your hair. The only thing is, june is a while away and once your roots start to really grow out, u may get fed up with the two diff textures like i did myself and many other naturals while transitioning.

    The other option is to go ahead and big chop now so that u wont run into that issue (if u do atleast). Either way, i believe u are making a great decision to start caring for your natural texture. That takes a lot in a person to even consider it. :).

    I dont think cutting little by little would be a great idea unless youre cutting even or go to the shop. But going to the shop every month to cut little by little off is a waste of money in my eyes. If your hair is long enough, you can keep it in buns after taking care of it to deal with the two textures until u are ready to chop the damaged ends.
    Hair type: 3c/4a, high shrinkage :/, high density,medium porosity. ~1inch to APL stretched. Big Chopped: Oct. 2012
    Routine & Products: Sundays- DC on dry hair w/Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream & Olive Oil. Wash w/As I am Coconut Cowash. Condtion&detangle w/any VO5 conditoner. Braid in 5-8 braids w/Shea Moisture Smoothie.
    Wear braidout rest of week. Rebraid every night.

    MAYcowash w/VO5 conditioner mid-week and rebraid again. I always unbraid w/Coconut oil on hands.
  • Zippytatiana9Zippytatiana9 Posts: 134Registered Users
    Thank you again! Btw, how do you do those signatures at the bottom ?
    Started my journey September 8th, 20138)
    High Density, 4A Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, Low/normal porosity
    Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
    Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
    Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
    "Confidence Is Beautiful":love5:
  • Lady_CreoleLady_Creole Posts: 400Registered Users
    Thank you again! Btw, how do you do those signatures at the bottom ?

    Look to the left of the above blue banner for the title "User CP", click on it. Look on the left side of that page for "edit signature", click on that. Then create a signature...that is a limit on how much you can include.

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    My hair is "exotic, beautiful and free",,,yeah, that be ME!!!
    3B/C - Easy to straighten, [no heat ever/no protect. styling].

    Low Porosity/Medium Density
    Mid Width/BSL-stretched/
    BC - 12/2012

    I am a "Co-Wash/Finger Comb Lady!
    Scalp Cleanser - SM ABS Purification Hair Masque
    Co-wash - Tresemme Naturals
    Hydration - SM CH
    Curl & Style Milk
    LOC - Organic Coconut Oil
    Styler - SM CH Curl Smoothie
    Deep Cond. - SM Yucca & Plantain Masque
  • Lady_CreoleLady_Creole Posts: 400Registered Users
    I am not a "fan" of transitioning, did the BC and never looked back. Too much work attempting to retain hair that I was going to end up cutting off anyway. :dontknow:
    My hair is "exotic, beautiful and free",,,yeah, that be ME!!!
    3B/C - Easy to straighten, [no heat ever/no protect. styling].

    Low Porosity/Medium Density
    Mid Width/BSL-stretched/
    BC - 12/2012

    I am a "Co-Wash/Finger Comb Lady!
    Scalp Cleanser - SM ABS Purification Hair Masque
    Co-wash - Tresemme Naturals
    Hydration - SM CH
    Curl & Style Milk
    LOC - Organic Coconut Oil
    Styler - SM CH Curl Smoothie
    Deep Cond. - SM Yucca & Plantain Masque
  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    I always find it interesting how on the board "big chop" and "transitioning" are treated as either- or. IMO a transition means growing out to a natural texture. How long a person chooses to do that is up to them. I transitioned for 4 months. Hated it and I chopped.

    That said because I had to deal with alopecia after my bc my hair was very uneven. As my hair loss would fill in I would periodically cut my other hair. I'm still not completely even steven but I don't wear my hair straight so no big deal. But if you cut the damage you will need an across the board cut of undamaged hair. I would never ever do a long transition but if you can handle it I would get a professional to trim all the way around. Then in a few months get it done again. I don't think you want lop sided.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • CurlyCitaCurlyCita Posts: 152Registered Users
    Youre welcome. And idk how to make a sig on the app but online i usually go to my private messages and once i get on that page, on your left side would be a list of things u can do/edit. One of them are signatures. Click that and there u go. Like lady_creole said, theres a limit. I learned the hard way after wanting to put my whole hair life in my sig lol.
    Hair type: 3c/4a, high shrinkage :/, high density,medium porosity. ~1inch to APL stretched. Big Chopped: Oct. 2012
    Routine & Products: Sundays- DC on dry hair w/Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream & Olive Oil. Wash w/As I am Coconut Cowash. Condtion&detangle w/any VO5 conditoner. Braid in 5-8 braids w/Shea Moisture Smoothie.
    Wear braidout rest of week. Rebraid every night.

    MAYcowash w/VO5 conditioner mid-week and rebraid again. I always unbraid w/Coconut oil on hands.
  • DaniGirl88DaniGirl88 Posts: 1,583Registered Users
    I've never transitioned or big chopped, but if it were me, I would probably go for the BC. But that's just because I would have perfectionist issues about the different textures. If it doesn't bother you and isn't that badly damaged/that noticeable, getting it cut little by little may work. Best of luck!
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    Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Co-Wash: As I Am Coconut Co-Wash
    Leave in Products: As I Am Leave-In, SM Smoothie/Milk, KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In
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