Natural Hair Discussion: Is it easier if you start with short hair?

Natural Hair DiscussionWhen I first began my healthy hair journey, my hair fell to about neck and chin length.  I refrained from relaxing for seven months due to a bad relaxer service (see my hair story for more details) because I was waiting to return to my trusted stylist.  However, the longer I stretched my relaxer – the more thought I gave to transitioning.  I decided against it for a few reasons, but about a year later revisited the idea of allowing my relaxer to grow out.  As I pondered I thought to myself “If I was going to ‘go natural’ why didn’t I do it at the start of my journey when my hair was shorter?!”  Now, with my hair only about six inches from my final length goal I know I would be more hesitant to want to undertake the huge task of transitioning with so much more relaxed length to deal with.  However, if my hair were shorter, I probably wouldn’t have any problems with big chopping to a teeny-weeny afro (TWA).  Perhaps that is just me though, maybe for other women, when you are ready to go natural you are just READY and it doesn’t matter how much length you have to cut off or how long your transition phase will last.

So what do you think, is it easier to go natural if you begin with short hair?

Author: EbonyCPrincess

EbonyCPrincess is a Staff Writer for BHM She is a self-proclaimed hair enthusiast with a love of all things hair as long as keeping it healthy is the #1 priority. Along with informative articles, Ebony shares hairstyles, tutorials, the latest on celebrity hair trends, and much more!

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  1. I transitioned for 7 months and in my thirst to see what my natural texture was I bc’d February 1, 2013. I have mixed feelings about my bc, because I miss my length. I cut off 11″ of relaxed ends. My hair was very healthy, it still is, I just really miss the length and weight of my hair. I am having a difficult time styling my twa because I haven’t had hair this short in 30 years or more. The up side to my bc is that I do love, love my curls and I can’t wait until I get the length and weight I chopped off back again. I say all that to say if you like your length and your hair is healthy hold off as long as you can because once it’s cut that hair is gone, but if it isn’t healthy cut it so that you give your hair a chance to grow and impress you with its beauty.

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  2. You are absolutely right-the more relaxed hair you have to deal with, the more stressful it is.
    Starting shorter I think is best. Damaged hair is damaged hair, there is no bringing it back to life. Might as well do the big chop and start with a fresh easier look.

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