How long did you wait before chopping the relaxed ends?

SmallFrySmallFry Registered Users Posts: 614
So I've been transitioning for a year now. And I am tempted to just go ahead and cut my hair. I guess I have around 6 inches of new growth. And I'm thinking of cutting off a few inches. (not sure how many) On the other hand I want to grow my hair out and now its about 2-3 inches above bsl. I don't know... I don't know what to do. How long did you wait to cut relaxed ends?
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  • chipmunk226chipmunk226 Registered Users Posts: 3
    i was just about to post a thread with the same question :D

    i have been transitioning for about 8 months, and i have about 4 inches of new growth and about 6 inches of my 'old' hair. I am wondering if it's better get get rid of the 'dead' weight and just cut to the new growth. but i'm afraid if i do that, i will be drastically limiting my style options.
  • elliemay72elliemay72 Registered Users Posts: 49
    I haven't chopped yet, but I plan to do it after about a year of transitioning. Right now I have about 4-5 inches of new growth, which I am totally in love with, but that's also a very awkward length, so I hope to gain a few more inches of new growth before I finally cave in to the chop. Good luck, ladies!
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  • susususu Registered Users Posts: 767 Curl Connoisseur
    I transitioned for about 15 months. I didn't have a particular goal in mind - just decided one day that I was ready to chop. I liked that I was able to put my hair up in a ponytail/puff, but part of me wishes I had gone for a TWA (just b/c I've never had super-short hair).
  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Registered Users Posts: 4,151 Curl Connoisseur
    I transitioned for almost 2 years. Heck, when I started, I didn't even know what a "transition" was. :lol: I had around 15 inches of relaxed hair. I did micro trims along the way, until Aug. '03 when I decided that I was ready to cut the remaining 3 or so inches off. I heat styled through my transition.

    I chopped when I was ready, and I'm glad I did. It helped me sorta get used to my hair, even though I was using crappy products at the time. Once I cut, I was able to style my hair pretty easily, because I had months of experience learning how to care for it. Some can just chop it off, and for those ladies, good for them. I couldn't do it. :lol: I've had short hair before(that came just above my ears), so it wasn't a matter of not knowing how to care for shorter hair, but I just wanted my length. I liked having the ability to slick it back into a pony when I didn't feel like doing it. With shorter hair, I'd pretty much always have to do something to it everyday(speaking for myself).

    Just chop when you're ready. If you want to chop the remaining pieces off, go for it. If you're not ready, cut them when you are. :)
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  • wysiwyg99wysiwyg99 Registered Users Posts: 36
    My last relaxer was in June 2006, and since my hair grows quickly (I have to color every 3-4 weeks to keep the gray hair from shining through! :shock: ) I figure I'll have enough new growth to chop off the relaxed ends in June or July of this year. The relaxed ends are aggravating, but if I get rid of them too soon, I won't have enough hair to twist up which is my hairstyle 50% of the time right now (for the other 50%, I do either a rollerset or blow dry, then flat iron). The wash-n-go won't work till everything is natural as the relaxed ends don't curl enough to look good. I've been getting a Ouidad cut since I started the process and my hairdresser is encouraging me to let it grow as much as possible(ok so i can be a little scissor-happy!) before getting rid of the ends since I have very thick, tightly curled/wavy hair and I need as much length as possible to weigh it down...but a year-long transition is all I can do!
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  • GiveMeABMWGiveMeABMW Registered Users Posts: 219
    I last had my hair TR'd in March '06. I am painstakingly making myself wait to do the chop until June. I don't know how my 3B/C hair would look super short, but it's got to look better than my hair does right now.

    When I was 9 I had a traumatic short haircut that my mother BRUSHED every day, so I essentially had a mess of frizz and no curl definition. I guess that memory is what is making me wait, though I know I take much better care of my hair now and it wouldn't look like that. Hopefully.
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  • SmallFrySmallFry Registered Users Posts: 614
    Thank you all for all your quick replies!
    Well I am starting to think that maybe I'm not ready. Because I don't like the "in between length." Plus, I NEED to be able to put it into a ponytail- for those "don't feel like styling days".
    So I'm thinking maybe I'll wait a few more months. Or if I wake up one morning and decide "this is it" then I'll go ahead and chop it! I am really impressed with how long it has already grown.

    Thanks everyone for helping me see the light!
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