We’ve gone from crochet braids to faux locs, and now to the ever-famous tapered cut for natural hair. Some women have found a chance to reconnect with their roots and embrace their natural beauty by going for the cut. Others simply admire the edgy look and have found it as an opportunity for a fresh start.
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It seems as if everyone has jumped on this trend, whether their hair is straight or curly. But I’ve seen a big response from the natural hair community, including celebrity Taraji P. Henson.
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In a recent Instagram post, Henson wrote: “It’s not a trend, it’s a movement and I’m using my voice to share #blackbeauty is LIT.”
Some months ago, I was speaking with a small business owner – who rocks a cute tapered cut – and she believes majority of women will ditch their long, curly hair for the short cut. Now I don’t know if I completely see that happening, but I do think a lot of women like the look.
What’s the difference between the big chop and the tapered cut?
Usually women who big chop are going natural for the first time or are looking for the chance to allow their hair growth process to start over. They cut off all their processed and damaged hair and sport an extremely short hairstyle as a result.
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The tapered cut is just that – a particular style usually maintained over time (or until you want to switch it up again). Rocking this kind of cut is convenient, because it requires less time and effort to style. It also means less tangles to fight through!
Thinking of getting yours chopped? Here are a few things to consider:
- Not everyone is a master at cutting curly hair, so make sure you find someone who knows what they are doing before they start.
- Tapered cuts require a lot of maintenance, so make sure this is really what you want. You’ll likely have to visit a stylist or barber every few weeks to keep it in shape – so make sure you have the time and the funds.
- Your new cut will require just as much care as your previous style. You’ll still have to wash it, deep condition it and apply product.
Check out these inspirational photos to get you started:
Remember, being creative with your style shows personality and can be a journey to self-discovery.
Victoria T. Davis is the blogger behind ClassyCurlies.com, a website dedicated to natural hair care, healthy living and self confidence.
By day, you can find Davis in the Indianapolis community as she works as a journalist, but by night you can find her managing ClassyCurlies.com and connecting with women all across the world who desire to discover their inner beauty. Catch her on social media, @ClassyCurlies.