How to Care for Natural Hair After the Big Chop

Medically reviewed by Dr. Bilal Khan M.B.B.S.
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If you have recently gone through the transformative process known as the "Big Chop," you might be wondering how to care for your natural hair post-chop. This process, which involves cutting off chemically treated or damaged hair to let your natural curls flourish, is a big step in embracing your natural hair texture. But, it also comes with a host of new care routines and techniques to learn. Don't worry, we've got you covered. This comprehensive guide will help you navigate the journey of caring for your natural hair after the big chop.

How to care for natural hair after the big chop?

The care routine for natural hair after the big chop primarily involves regular shampooing, deep conditioning, and understanding your hair's unique needs. Shampoo your hair at a minimum every 2-3 days. This helps remove product build-up, environmental factors, dust, and sweat ensuring your pores aren’t clogged and hair growth can occur freely. Deep condition your hair at least once a week or each time you shampoo. Remember, it will take time to understand how to perfectly care for your hair after the big chop, and it's completely normal to face some frustration along the way. Be patient, and embrace the journey of learning about your natural hair.

Additional Tips and Tricks

While regular cleansing and conditioning are fundamental, it's also essential to learn a few additional tips and tricks to maintain the health of your natural hair post-big chop.

  • Be Gentle: Your hair is at its most vulnerable state post-chop. Handle it with care to prevent unnecessary breakage and damage.
  • Stay Hydrated: Natural hair needs plenty of moisture. Make sure you're hydrating your hair regularly with water-based products and drinking enough water.
  • Protective Styling: Embrace protective styles that don't put too much tension on your hair. This helps in maintaining the health of your hair and promoting growth.
  • Healthy Diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help promote healthy hair growth.


Caring for natural hair after the big chop can seem overwhelming at first, but with patience, understanding, and the right routine, it becomes a rewarding journey of self-discovery and embracing your natural beauty. Remember, everyone's hair is unique, and what works for one person might not work for you. Be open to experimentation, and most importantly, enjoy the journey to healthier, natural hair.

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Dr. Bilal Khan M.B.B.S. graduated from the Jinnah Sindh University in Karachi. He'll take the official medical licensing program in the US (USMLE) in September 2023. Bilal has a passion for research and has extensively fact-check and medically review articles under his name to make sure you have the most accurate information.