Deciding whether or not to "Big Chop" may be one of the biggest decisions in your life. Depending on your career, personal style, etc., so many things can seemingly get in the way of actually taking the plunge. In fact, if you're one of those people who believe that your hair automatically defines you or your head is too big for a pixie, this decision is probably more about liberation and the choice to cut will probably take more thought. However, if you simply want to step out of the box, get rid of damaged ends, or are looking for advice on whether or not to cut your hair this season, here are 5 things to take into consideration that will make the decision of cutting your hair 10 times easier!
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE THE BIG CHOP
• DO YOU REALLY WANT THIS?
If you're like me and want to go from long to really short hair overnight (with absolutely NO reservations) I urge you to go for it!
But if you're someone that's often nervous about making life changing decisions, please think this through!!!
If after deliberation & going back and forth with the idea of cutting your hair & you're still unsure, consider cutting your hair in stages...this way going short will be a much easier transition for you and you can stop cutting at any length if you feel like your intended hairstyle is just too short.
• HAIRSTYLE OPTIONS
Okay, this is a huge one! You should never enter the salon without having at least 3 references of the haircut you desire. Make sure you bring photos of your desired look from every angle you could possibly imagine so that your stylist can give you exactly what you want.
Of course some hair stylists are absolutely amazing and can capture your vision with no problem, but it never hurts to have a visual in case things go awry.
• DOES YOUR STYLIST KNOW YOUR HAIR & HOW TO MANAGE IT?
This was a huge factor for me, simply because I have natural curly hair and not everybody knows how to deal with certain hair textures or they may get scissor happy if you have a lot of split ends. I've had multiple instances when I walked into a salon and wasn't pleased with the end result.
So ladies be sure you trust your stylist especially when it comes to cutting your hair!
Because I live in the Bahamas, I didn't really think about the weather conditions and how it could impact my hairstyle until my best friend asked me why I cut my hair so short during winter season...OOPS!
For some women, depending on where you live, cutting your hair super short during the colder months could be a no no, especially if your winters are particularly wet or freezing. No one really wants to be looking like a chia pet or have their necks freezing due to their new short hairdo.
Short hair is hard work! Be prepared to buy new products, keep up with hair appointments, and have earlier mornings (at least until you're used to styling).
If you plan to cut and grow your hair out immediately you should also keep a series of desired hairstyles on file so you avoid the many awkward stages associated with growing short hair back.
After you've weighed out all your options, including the myriad of hairstyles, stylists, conditions, and state of your hair...the time for consideration is officially over! Go ahead, make that appointment and get the cut of your dreams! Remember, the longer you wait to get into the salon chair the easier it is for people to talk you out of your decision.
SO IF YOU'RE CONSIDERING THE BIG CHOP TO RETURN TO YOUR NATURAL HAIR TEXTURE OR IF YOU JUST WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT, I HOPE THESE TIPS HELP DURING YOUR PROCESS OF CONSIDERATION
“Your hair does not define you...it’s who you are inside & what you do with the time that you are given that does”
— CHIVVAUN ABIGAIL