“Your price is way too high, you need to cut it!” While you might not be thinking about the price, you might be ready for the new wave – the big chop! In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of many black women choosing to do the big chop and do away with their relaxed hair. Depending on when they got their last perm, the big chop might leave you with a few inches of hair or sporting a bald style. Many women jump into the big chop blind, but we’re here to help you with a few tips on how to make it a seamless transition.Give the scissors to someone experienced.So you’ve finally decided to chop your hair off! Depending on the time of your last relaxer, the length of your hair will vary, but pass the scissors to someone who knows what they’re doing. If you’re going bald, you might want a barber holding that razor. For those left with a few inches after their big chop, you might want a hair stylist controlling the scissors. Instead of jumping off the deep end and taking a scissor to your own hair, you should look into options for your refreshed natural hair!Find products made for natural hair.One of the hardest things about maintaining your natural hair is finding all of the products that will help it thrive. Your hair regimen definitely won’t be the same as when your hair was relaxed, so make sure you research some natural hair products to keep your curls poppin’! Shampoo and conditioner are must haves, but you should definitely invest in a good co-wash to avoid drying out those growing locks. It’s all about keeping your hair healthy and growing!Learn about cute/protective styles.As your hair is growing, you’ll quickly notice that you can’t (or shouldn’t) wear your natural hair out all the time. This is when you’ll be in the need of a few protective styles! There are tons of options from twists and faux locs to box or crochet braids. You can even go the route of weaves or wigs.Don’t be afraid of weaves or wigs.If you’re looking to keep your natural hair protected, don’t be afraid of weaves or wigs! While weaves give you a particular style for weeks or months, wigs allow you to switch from day to day. Wigs also allow you to treat your hair on a weekly or biweekly basis. The best thing about them is that they allow your natural hair to remain braided and protected underneath while you dabble in a few different looks!If you’re ready for the big chop, don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you! It’s a process, so you should expect a few bumps in the road. Just be comfortable in your own skin and your own hair! With these tips, your hair and your peace of mind will thank you!