Ask an Expert: The Big Chop Vs. Transitioning

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Our expert this month is celebrity hair stylist, Tymothe Wallace whose clientele includes Grammy Award Winning singer and actress Brandy, R&B group SWV, actress and comedian Niecy Nash and television personalities Nene Leakes and Jennifer Williams.

Question:  Hi Tym, I’ve finally made the decision to stop using chemical relaxers on my hair and need to decide between doing the Big Chop or transitioning. What are the pros and cons of each?

Answer:

In my opinion the Big Chop is better than the transition method from relaxed to natural. When you cut all of the relaxed hair, you don’t have to deal with the issues of dry scalp, product build up and breakage, which is common with transitioning.  Cons to the Big Chop is that you lose your length, where as when you transition you get to keep your length. The transition method also allows you to keep track of how much your hair has grown from the line of demarcation between relaxed ends and natural base.

For more information on Tymothe, you can follow him on Twitter @TymWallaceHair. Remember, if you have questions for our experts you can submit them on our submissions page

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