There's two simple ways to do the big chop: 1. Cut off all the relaxed hair with hair clippers and rock a low fade; or 2. Take a more gradual approach by growing your natural hair to a comfortable length, then cutting off the relaxed ends.
Will I lose my perm if I cut my hair?
No, perms and natural curl are different. Permed hair doesn't spring up when you remove length/weight. Also, perms continue to relax over time so even if you cut your hair, the curl will continue to loosen up.
What is the big chop after a perm?
The big chop route involves cutting off all or almost all of your permed hair. This is like a “reset” button on your hair. By chopping off the hair that's been chemically treated, you can start over with new, natural growth.
Do you have to cut your permed hair to go natural?
Even though you're not doing the big chop, you still need to gradually trim away your treated hair to fully transition to natural hair. This doesn't have to be a big trim—just 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 inch (0.64 to 1.27 cm) at each trim should be enough to keep your length the same while slowly getting rid of your treated hair.
How long does it take to grow out relaxed hair to natural?
Long-Term Transitioning Stage: 6-12 Months & Beyond Once you've reached the telogen-resting phase, your natural hair will have grown between two and three inches. Your natural hair will look much more prominent next to your relaxed hair, so styling may pose a challenge.
When should I cut off my perm?
The majority of people will cut their hair after the perm. If you want the hair to stay as curly as it looks right after the perm. You should cut your hair 24 to 48 hours after a perm.