It’s time for figuring out how to rock your summer hair so you won’t feel left out. While the styling choice for naturals are pretty endless, this summer many naturals are opting for cute and easy. Not every style can be labeled as both. I’ve got a great idea for anyone looking for that double duty hairstyle and think a bold cut like getting a BC is ticket.
The term big chop (BC) has been vetted by the natural hair community as the triumphant return to your ‘natural’ self after cutting off all traces of chemically-treated hair. While it is one of the two ways to go natural (transitioning is another), the BC is more than just a method for going natural. It’s also a hairstyle. You can do a BC at the beginning or smack dab in the middle of your natural hair journey and it’s the best way to rock some amazingly cute short summer hairstyles.
With sites like Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, even Facebook there is a plethora of natural hair inspiration that leaves us itching to do the chop again, so why are we still on the fence? Here are a few reasons why you should consider a second big chop this summer.
That’s a no-brainer, right? I can’t enjoy an 88 degree day with a twistout, braidout or any other kind of –out because it’s too hot for all of that! Your scalp is all sweaty, your hair is radiating the heat from the sun; acting as your own personal furnace and your curls ain’t popping no more because it’s humid. It’s like, what’s the point?? Sometimes you just want to feel a breeze on your neck!
The shorter cut or style will allow you to stay cooler and worry less about hair touching your body. No pinning or bunning it out of the way with a BC or a short crop. Summer hair is carefree hair and there is nothing more carefree than chopping it all off and staying cooler.
You Are Too Tired For Summer Hair Protective Styling
Protective styles are great but some of us just don’t want all that fuss during the hotter months. I’m someone who loves wearing her hair out all of the time. I hate, hate, hate, absolutely abhor protective styles because most of them don’t flatter me and require more to work with more hair and not less. During the summer, I want an easy to work with style and while many protective styles (like braids) require less work while you wear the style, there is just so much hair!
All that hair can make you hotter and even if you pile it up on your head, that can be a lot of hair to carry around. I hate the heaviness. if you are wearing a twisted up styles that stays out of the way, when you sweat, all that heat and sweat seems to sit in the style making it uncomfortable for many. The shorter summer hair style means less hair to worry about and allows some air to get in and help cool you off.
You Miss The Simplicity Of A Wash & Go
For many Naturals, the wash and go is not as easy to achieve. They find it works better on shorter hair so if you love the ease of no twisting, braiding or setting hair for go to style this summer, a short style make be a winner. I rock a wash and go year round but when my hair is shorter, the process is easier and I deal with much less tangles and a shorter wash day. To refresh, I simply spritz with a water bottle of distilled water and a leave-in conditioner and fluff.
The goal is not to create idealistic curls, but to embrace your natural hair’s texture and for many, the shorter the cut, the easier to style and enjoy. If you really are opting for a certain curl, either use a twisting sponge or finger coils. Honestly, your own texture is beautiful whether it coils, curls or kinks so I say embrace it and allow yourself the fun of a wash and go on a TWA.
Using Less Products For Your Summer Hair
Obviously. But this is important for those of us living that expensive haircare life. A tub of Leave-in will usually last me about 3 weeks or so, depending on how often I wash my hair and how I style it. With shorter hair, I remember holding on to products for months! That both saved money and helped me keep my regimen consistent. If you’re on a budget, cut it in half with a BC.
I miss being free. I miss waking up, taking my shower, styling in 5 mins and being DONE. I miss being able to leave the house without throwing a headscarf and some scrunchies in my purse. I miss that confidence that you exude when your hair is short and for some reason you feel as though you slay everything and take over the world. Or maybe that’s just me…
While it’s definitely a preferential thing, doing another big chop is something to greatly consider if you miss the TWA life and are tired of spending hours on your hair especially if you are going to be in the pool or ocean this summer. It’s not always about needing to do it to for damage. Sometimes you just want to live the simpler life. Remember, doing another BC does not mean it had to be a fade. It can be tapered or just long enough to roll for a finger coil. Allow the length that will give you options of styles so you don’t get bored this summer.
For some added inspo, here are some great hairstyles to get those hands itching:
Love those short hair cuts Naturals,