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The "Big Chop"

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

July 28, 2018, my niece cut off the rest of my relaxed hair on the back and sides of my head. I now understand why people do the “big chop”.

I ended up cutting my hair anyway. My hair immediately looked better and the back and sides curled up. I still haven’t cut all the relaxed hair from the top, but it is beginning to thicken back up. I need some hair in the top because I will be using 2-3 clip-ins and need hair to clip the pieces to until it grows out some more.

I mentioned on February 19, 2018 that “my hair was damaged anyway and especially thin in the top”. Thanks to YouTube hair videos and my own research, the top of my hair is growing and beginning to fill in. Something I thought was irreversible according to a hairstylist. She told me “There’s nothing you can do about it.” At the time I was wearing a relaxer. I thought she was right because of my age and you want to give people credit for knowing their craft. The video below is what I went through and how I felt about my hair before the"Big Chop".


What I have learned some hairstylists are only doing hair for the money and flexibility that owning your own business can provide. I now take care of my own natural hair and saving a boat load of money to boot. I wish I had realized this, years earlier, but no looking back. Maybe I can help other women with thinning hair or hair loss, not related to a medical condition or medication.

I am so glad I had my relaxed ends cut off Saturday. Today, I actually have a curl pattern emerging. I used a Curl Sponge along with my products and I like how my hair turned out. It really helps to see some progress, so I won’t give up and get a relaxer. Also, what is helping with this decision is that my thinning hair in the top is growing back in, despite what a hairstylist told me.

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