Big chopping during any season can be scarier than walking in on your parents doing the horizontal mambo but doing so in the summer can be particularly difficult. As I neared my scheduled big chop, terrifying thoughts rushed through my head. What if I hated my natural hair texture? Would I be on the receiving end of disapproving stares from my co-workers? I had to devise a plan and prepare for the birth of my new hair. Here are a few tips I learned along the way.