So you did it, “the big chop.” You were so proud of yourself for taking the big step. You rocked that sexy short cut with style and class. One day, you decide, “maybe I will try to grow my hair out.” Here’s where things start to become interesting. Your cute little fro doesn’t feel so cute anymore. It’s bushy and unkempt. It’s too long or too kinky to just put product in and wear a short curly fro and too short for elaborate styles. Listen, you don’t have to hid your hair under a wig until it grows out. Here are some of the top ways women deal with this difficult period.
|These are cornrows after
my second “big chop”
My girl hooked me up.
At this transition stage, I prefer weave cornrows. Again, you are going to need about $50 or a hookup. Cornrows protect your hair from breakage and help to accelerate growth. Now, I’ll be honest, after about two weeks my scalp is itching so bad that I can’t take it anymore. You can wash your hair with the braids in or use herbal cleanser to refresh the scalp. Essential oil sprays work too, but realistically if your scalp is itching because it’s dirty you just need to clean it. I will say this again and again…DO NOT USE GREASE or OIL SHEEN. These products cause buildup and can make the itching worse. Box braids are also nice with weave (you can do them without weave depending on your level of comfort with short hair). I would advise stay away from micro-braids, especially once your hair gets longer. If you don’t take them out properly, they can cause breakage which is counterproductive to growing out your hair.
Once you learn to accept your natural hair texture and length, you will find that there are a variety of non-weave styles that you can do. I personally embrace the afro. I wore them both shaped and unshaped when my hair was short and I still wear them now that my hair is longer. I’ve also been seeing women with finger twists which is similar to comb twist which are twisted with your fingers instead of a comb. Oh, and don’t forget, coloring the hair can also give you a funky, sexy look as well. I would suggest discussing your options with a stylist based on your unique texture.
What are some the styles you have tried during this period?