This is always an interesting time of year for me in the hair salon. It’s the time of year when I encounter new clients that are looking for change. Besides from hearing about how their old hairstylist didn’t really care about hair care or lying and saying that she “specialized in natural hair”. On top of complaining about different salon experiences some of these ladies have just had enough. Over processed from relaxers, dramatic shedding, color damage, heat damage, breakage from extensions, and a bad break up all lead to these two words BIG CHOP. 

What is the BIG CHOP?

Is an act of cutting off all of your relaxed or damage hair, leaving only your new growth.

When I do consultations with ladies that want the BIG CHOP I usually ask (in no particular order)……

  1. When was your last chemical service?
  2. How often do you visit the salon?
  3. Have you ever worn short hair?
  4. How recent was your break up or emotional traumatic event in your life?
  5. Do you have any insecurities with features on your face?
  6. How is your lifestyle? (Workout, a mom, work in corporate, etc.)
  7. What is your ultimate hair goal? (Health, Length, Density)

I know you thinking….SHE ASK SOME WEIRD QUESTIONS!!!!!

All these things are important when you consider making dramatic changes to your appearance. It can be really deceiving when you have all these inspiration pictures from Pinterest and I tell you oh that’s a rod set that’s not a wash and go and your texture is similar to that AT ALL. Short hair cuts can be very low maintenance for some and for others it takes some work. I will never stop talking about moisture because dry hair doesn’t grow. So lets say you get this lil hair cut and don’t use the proper products for moisture and then your hair starts looking patchy. Guess what if you don’t take care of long hair you won’t take care of short hair.

It’s not magic. You hair won’t just starting flourishing and your curls won’t start popping. SISSSSSSSS you may not have “curls”. Texture Identity is important when making this decision as well. KINKY, COILY, CURLY, AFRO (lol) which one are you. Once that is identified you have to embrace it and get you a regimen that works for your texture NOT the ” beauty guru” on YOUTUBE.

There is no hiding that left eyebrow that is thinner than the right one. Yep no more hiding under that swoop.

Emotional cutting usually leads to 4 weeks of happiness and a year of disappointment until your hair grow back out. I remember one year I had a client that wanted me to color her platinum and cut it really short the day before she buried her husband. My exact words to her was ” I will not let you sit on that front row looking like a stranger”.  It wasn’t a good time for “something different”. Stress and Depression will kick your butt after major things like that happen and it will show up in your hair as BALD SPOT. Short hair shows it all.

The perfect candidate for the BIG CHOP is the lady who is ready to move forward with healthy hair. I ask that my BIG CHOP clients come into the salon for monthly maintenance just so that I am sure that they are using the right products and techniques that will help them reach their hair goal. 




  1. Arnise Owens
    January 3, 2018 / 2:33 am

    This blog is so inspiring and real. Your talent goes beyond your gift!!

  2. January 4, 2018 / 1:30 am

    Great advice Drea!!! Big Chop ain’t for everybody!

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