I personally would rather have shorter healthy hair than longer damaged hair. To me it looks better. I have done major cuts because of bad breakage once for heat damage and once for dye damage. I wasn't thrilled but my hair looked wayyyyy better. If the damage is bad enough sometimes a fresh start is the best option.. I suggest you get a really well shaped cut that will look good as it grows out. With proper care you will be surprised how well hair can grow. Being natural doesn't have to be expensive. Right now Im dc'ing with TN, honey, banana baby food and oil mix.