When I spontaneously big chopped, I chopped off a chunk of my hair on the left front side. My logic was to cut my hair in an even afro. However, once I began cutting, I felt the urge to cut more and more. I was clipping chunks from the same area and it was like a dent in the front when I picked out my natural afro. To remedy the chunk I cut out, I simply patted my natural hair afro extra tight and I also wore puffs.
My mistake can make your journey easier. Spontaneity can be a great quality to have; but in hind sight I needed a plan that explained how I was going big chop. I needed to specifically understand what tools to use, a visual guide to ensure that I did not big chop too much and a gauge that told me when I had chopped off enough, that is – put the scissors down and back way.
After giving it much thought, I came to the determination that I could’ve used rubber bands to aid in the big chopping process. Below I’ll explain how to use rubber bands for your big chop.
You will need the following:
• Freshly washed hair. Do not blow dry or stretch your hair after you wash because you will need to clearly see the line of demarcation. The line of demarcation is where the natural hair and relaxed hair meet.
• Colored or white rubber bands are needed so that you can easily mark the line of demarcation.
• It’s important to use quality hair cutting shears. Please do not cut your hair with dull scissors. Dull scissors or low quality hair cutting shears may damage the ends of your hair.
• It’s helpful if you can see your hair from every angle imaginable, so I recommend using two mirrors. Having one hand held mirror and a one wall mounted mirror is optimal to achieve the viewing angles needed to easily big chop.
• You’ll need a comb to aid in making neat parts when you section your hair.
• Butterfly clips or duck bill clips will aid in keeping your hair together when you section through your hair.
• Use a Plastic Cap to help keep your hair damp as you section off parts of your hair.
• Spray bottle filled with water to spray your hair if it starts to get dry.
How to Big Chop in 5 Easy Steps
1. Using the comb, section off your freshly washed hair into four big sections using the diagram below as a guide. Remember to leave the plastic cap on the areas of your hair not currently being sectioned.
a. Part or section your hair from ear to ear. Use the blue line starting with 1 and ending with 2 in the diagram above as a guide.
b. Next, using the red line starting with 3 and ending with 4 in the diagram, part your hair down the center from forehead to nape.
c. Use the butterfly clips or duck bill clips to keep each section separated.
2. After the hair has been separated into to four big sections, working from the front right section just above your ear, make two parts so that you will have three equal sections. Use the diagrams below as a guide.
3. Working within the three sections, starting on row one, section your hair into square parts and place a rubber band right above the new growth. The new growth represents your natural hair. The size of the squares will be determined by the amount of new growth you have. If there is very little new growth the squares may be smaller. If there is a lot of new growth, the squares may be larger. The goal is to have each square sectioned off with a rubber band, so that the line of demarcation is exposed above the rubber band. Having the line of demarcation visible allows you to use it as a guide as you cut the relaxed ends off of your hair.
4. Continue to rubber the entire front right section. Keep in mind two things: 1. If you want uniform hair, align each rubber band with the one beside it. This will make all the rubber bands even. When banding a new section, be sure to use a previous banded section as a guide. 2. If you are not concerned about having even hair, then rubber band the hair just below the line of demarcation. This way, you have the greatest chance of cutting off all of your relaxed ends. Once you finish, there may be a need to go back and snip a little.
5. Repeat Steps 2 through 4 for the remaining sections of your hair. Remember to use the mirror so you’re able to see the back of the head as you band.
Once your entire head has been sectioned off into banded squares. Cut off your relaxed hair, including the rubber band.