I don't need to cut anything off as I am not transitioning, I have been natural for 19 years as I've said, and am only 21 now.
I have had this process for two years now and have only had one touch up. I have not had any issues before this current issue which does seem to be using too much protein.
I've been natural for my entire life unlike most women, so I am pretty good at pin pointing issues with my hair. (I should also add that my hair doesn't suffer from length retention issues either) I am not new to curly, or natural hair at all.
I know all about ACV rinses, and other PH balancing rinses, I even own testing strips, I've done them in the past when I was trying out different things and hated all of it.