Fatou Bom Bittaye
by on April 10, 2017
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In the Gambia, keeping natural hair wasn't that common few years ago but now it is becoming a trend. Even if one is not keeping their natural hair already, they are thinking of going natural, "au naturel":smile:. Deciding to go natural is easy, what becomes the challenge is whether to go through "transitioning"(i.e., gradually growing out your perm) or do the "big chop"(snipping off your relaxed hair and starting over from scratch). You come across people who would tell you that "i have decided/want to keep my natural hair but i don't want to cut it". And you will find out that each person's challenge is different from the other, though their are some common challenges.
"Me fambule them":smile: i was there too, having to decide whether to transition or big chop was also a challenge for me. I did transitioned for months but eventually i did the big chop like i explained in my previous postshttps://myafrohub.com/blog/14/my-natural-hair-story/, but i must say that i didn't regret it at all.
Of course, there are pros and cons for each. If you transition, you'll get to keep your length, but you'll have to deal with styling multi-textured tresses; i can remember when i was transitioning., combing my hair was virtually impossible when it's dry and when it's the relaxed part will be falling like crazy. It just wasn't working. In the end i had to cornrow and wore wigs for months.
If you do the big chop, you'll get rid of your relaxer in one fell swoop, but you might be left with only an inch of hair. But for me, doing the "big chop" was a safe haven. With the wide tooth comb i could comb in any state (wet or dry), my hair grew back so quickly, it just couldn't have been better!
So bottom-line, it is your sole decision as to which one to go for because as always, what works for me might not work for you. Let's keep that in mind.
See you next time.
:wave::kiss:
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