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Benefits to Doing the BC vs. Growing it Out

Ms.ChloeMs.Chloe Posts: 5Registered Users
Alright. I'm torn between doing the BC right away and just growing out my permed hair and cutting it off little by little. does anyone know if there are added benefits to just doing the BC right away (at like 1" or 2") vs. growing it out. like does your hair grow better/faster b/c it can breath and doesn't have the breakage from the two textures? let me know what yall know girls!

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    BC - you'll have 100% natural, non-damaged hair.

    Growing it out - you'll have longer hair but have to deal with two textures and your ends will be drier and possible more brittle.

    Some peoiple do trim off a little at a time and have no problems. Other people find it easier to be rid of the damaged hair all at once.
  • VainityVainity Posts: 110Registered Users
    I've actually done both and am in process of transitioning again.

    If you are impatient, BC. You have to have patience to deal with two textures.
    However, be aware that once you BC, you may still be dealing with multiple textures (tighter curls in some areas). That frustrated me when my hair got to a certain length and I ended up relaxing again.

    Good Luck!
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  • 1biggurls1biggurls Posts: 1Registered Users
    I also chopped off a little every 8 - 12 weeks. I had to eventually chop off the texturized hair because of the tangles. I transitioned for 7 months so I had enough length to work with.
  • LilluLillu Posts: 182Registered Users
    I was a long transitioner (14 months) and the advantage of this was that the ends of my natural hair were protected until I BC-ed. As soon as u BC u have to make sure u know how to look after your natural ends properly.

    It is difficult living with two textures tho i must admit!!!

    1biggulrs is spot on about the tangles: my hair was a nightmare to detangle, and it was always around the line of demarcation, the rest of my hair was fine to comb thru!! So yep there r pros & cons to both!!! HTH!! xxx
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  • Jaguar PawJaguar Paw Posts: 199Registered Users
    A benefit I've noticed with women who've big chopped sooner was that their hair sprouted like weeds! I mean, you could see noticeable growth each month of their documentation.

    This is my second time transitioning. The first time I transitioned for 16 months. I thoroughly enjoyed my transition, but this time, it will only be at a max of 10 months. I think transitioning for a long time can give a 'false' depiction of your natural hair. What I mean by this is that it can appear longer due to the relaxed ends holding it down, but once you chop, you will notice the shrinkage quickly. Also, when transitioning, you must remember some women do a series of chops because they may not have cut the relaxed ends off properly or they don't like the straight non relaxed ends of their natural hair. For me, I cut my relaxed ends off myself, then turned around and had a beautician cut them and my ends still were straight. I had to use perm rods on the ends until they curled up on their own.
  • mixededmixeded Posts: 381Registered Users
    A benefit I've noticed with women who've big chopped sooner was that their hair sprouted like weeds! I mean, you could see noticeable growth each month of their documentation.

    This is my second time transitioning. The first time I transitioned for 16 months. I thoroughly enjoyed my transition, but this time, it will only be at a max of 10 months. I think transitioning for a long time can give a 'false' depiction of your natural hair. What I mean by this is that it can appear longer due to the relaxed ends holding it down, but once you chop, you will notice the shrinkage quickly. Also, when transitioning, you must remember some women do a series of chops because they may not have cut the relaxed ends off properly or they don't like the straight non relaxed ends of their natural hair. For me, I cut my relaxed ends off myself, then turned around and had a beautician cut them and my ends still were straight. I had to use perm rods on the ends until they curled up on their own.

    I can definitely attest to that! I am surprised how much my hair has shrunk. I thought I had a good amount of length but after cutting the straight ends off, my hair recoiled (lol!) like those underwater plants that jump back into themselves when they're touched.
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  • DivaGyrlDivaGyrl Posts: 84Registered Users
    I am transitioning also, but from constant pressing/flat-ironing as opposed to a perm. I don't have a BC in my hair plans, am willing to reconsider in say six months. I've seen a lot of BC that are really cute, so we'll see...
  • Black Hoya ChickBlack Hoya Chick Posts: 185Registered Users
    well i am doing a long term transition just because short hair is not me..thats just me though. and i think transitioning for me is a lot easier because I can just bun 24/7. time has been flying..42 weeks in!
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  • PearlyCurlyPearlyCurly Posts: 54Registered Users
    I have transition exactly 2x...And i just did a major BC on 12/21/08.

    Transitioning-
    Pros: Length & more Length:toothy10: Moisture. Gives you time to think.
    Cons: Your hair can actually become unhealthy(if that makes sense) because of the 2 different textures, that can do some damage if you dont know what your doing. ^^False texture- that isnt your real texture most likely you curl pattern is much tighter. Detangleing:roll: Waiting. Temptation to relax. You still have to chop something off so whats the point of waiting??!

    Big Chop-
    Pros: No waiting. Your actually natural within an hour or two.
    Cons: Its like Opening a gift- you dont know what your going to get because well you never rly had it before, so you will probaly need much better products & methods then you had before. Short hair, unless you do not have alot of shrinkage or waited like 2yrs to BC then your hair is going to be short. Getting use to the dryness, IMO i think natural hair can be much dryer then relaxed hair.

    I think thats the only way i can put it. And even though i love long hair i wish i would have BC 2yrs ago instead of waiting for it to grow out(gosh i could never imagen myself saying that:laughing8:).
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  • kaariidesukaariidesu Posts: 68Registered Users
    It's interesting that short hair is usually listed as a con.
    *shrugs* Just an observation.

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