What To Do After The Big Chop
When deciding to embrace natural curls, many curly girls decide to go for the big chop. This means they're opting to cut off all their dry, damaged, dead ends to give their natural curls a fresh start. After the big chop, there are some ways to take care of your newly shorn curls to help the curls stay healthy and fresh. Here's what to do after the big chop.
Get to know your hair:
Before you begin a curl care regimen, spend some time getting to know your curls. Consider your curl's characteristics, including density, porosity, thickness of the strands, and the texture and curl pattern. It's important to know your hair's porosity, so it can help you maintain the moisturized and curl elasticity.
Develop a wash day regimen:
Many curly girls feel as though they get overwhelmed by developing a curl care routine. However, developing a strong routine can help manage time. Prepare for wash day by knowing exactly what products will be used, planning enough time for washing, conditioning, and styling. By planning and not cutting corners, you'll get the most out of your wash day.
When cleansing curls, try to avoid using shampoos or sulfate containing products. Instead, focus on using cowashes. Sectioning hair can help speed the process along. Once curls are cleansed, follow up with a moisturizing conditioner.
Don't skimp on a deep conditioning treatment. Curls take a beating from being in the daily environment, and washing can strip hair of remaining moisture. Using a deep conditioner will help revitalize curls to prevent dryness and damage.
This is a very important step when it comes to caring for your curls. Sebum, the natural oil produced by the scalp, doesn't always make its way down the scalp to lubricate the strands. Moisturizing will help keep curls from becoming dry or breaking.
Understanding how to style curls can make one's life much easier. Before delving into styles, spend some time with bloggers, YouTubers, and learning how to achieve a few good styles. This will make your wash day and styling go that much faster.