Big Chop Primer: Everything You Need to Know Before the Big Day

One of the most daunting elements about choosing to go natural is the decision to big chop.

While it is not a requirement, Kevin Pendleton, our texture stylist, notes that it is the quickest and most effective way to rid yourself of damaged hair and get on the path to healthy, natural hair.

For those thinking about taking the plunge, here are some things to know about the journey and make it a success for you.

Big Chop Primer: Everything You Need to Know Before the Big Day

Before you big chop, it’s important to prepare yourself for the experience.

Research the Process

Knowing what to expect will help alleviate a large amount of the difficulties you could otherwise face. You want to determine a cut that will look good with your face. You want to figure out how you will style your hair on a day to day basis. Learn about your hair type, texture, and which products are designed to give you the results you want.

Find a Guide

It can be an online guide or a real life standby. Your stylist is a great person to help orient you to your new, chopped life and finding one that is knowledgeable and informed about natural hair is your best bet. If you decide to go it alone, the Internet can be a wealth of resources and support. The You Be-Natural blog is a great place to ask questions, and our online communities are filled with supportive women who can answer your questions and be your big chop inspiration.


Getting your hair in optimal condition before you big chop will help your transition process go more smoothly.

Take Care of Your Scalp

Remember your scalp plays a major role in determining the health of your hair. Moisturize it, nourish it, and create an environment supportive to growth to help you more quickly regain length after the big chop.

Learn the Lingo

Naturalistas live a differently lifestyle and that includes their own, secret language! Brush up on the terminology so you can fully understand the difference between a twist out and a bantu knot out. Our natural hair glossary is a great place to start!

Explore Protective Hairstyles

These play two primary rolls in the life a recent big chopper: they allow you to protect your hair as you learn to care for your natural texture, and provide versatility when you otherwise may not have many options.

Stock Up on Products

And be prepared to change them up if they aren’t getting you the results you desire. There will be some time of trial and error in this process and that includes among your daily hair care products.

Not ready to big chop after all? Read up on the transitioning process instead!

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