When did you know you were ready to BC?

For those of you who went through chemicals or heat damage that really altered your hair and forced you to chop it all off, when did you feel like it was time?
I've been transitioning for 11 months and I really hate the texture difference(where the relaxed hair and new growth meet gets so tangled it's not even funny!) and just want to have long, natural curls already, but that's not how it works unfortunately. I have never in my life had short hair. The shortest I recall was after a bad haircut where the stylist lopped off 5 inches when I just asked for a trim and left it a couple inches past my shoulders when straight. My hair is now waist length(24ish inches?) when pulled straight but my new growth is only about 6 inches, about 4 inches in the front(very slow growing hair there) In my mind I kinda wanna chop but I know I would be super uncomfortable with myself. Especially being in college where basically every girl has long, straight hair.
I'm trying to push myself to transition for at least 24 months so I can have a little bit of length, but maybe I'll bite the bullet before then. What was your mental process behind BCing? Did you plan on transitioning for a certain amount of time or did you chop as soon as you decided to go natural? Did you get to your transitioning goal?
Tell your tales!
Mix of many types, but I'll say 3B
Fine thickness, medium density, mixed porosity
WL wet
Currently transitioning from heat damage and relaxers

CG since 1/25/2014
Still figuring my hair out
I wasn't brave enough to big chop, so I gradually cut off those damaged, straight ends, over the course of a year. I had already not had a hair cut for a year before that, so I had already been growing it for a year, so I guess that means it took me around two years altogether to fully grow out my curls and damage and snip everything off.

As I said, I wasn't brave enough to BC, so when I finally cut off my ends it left my hair just resting on my shoulders when wet and, when dry and curly, just grazing my chin.

Was the shortest I'd ever had it (well, since I was about 9, anyway), but my hair felt so much better for it and was actually a lot easier to manage. I really enjoyed playing with my natural texture and not needing to worry about so much damage etc.
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I wasn't brave enough to big chop, so I gradually cut off those damaged, straight ends, over the course of a year. I had already not had a hair cut for a year before that, so I had already been growing it for a year, so I guess that means it took me around two years altogether to fully grow out my curls and damage and snip everything off.

As I said, I wasn't brave enough to BC, so when I finally cut off my ends it left my hair just resting on my shoulders when wet and, when dry and curly, just grazing my chin.

Was the shortest I'd ever had it (well, since I was about 9, anyway), but my hair felt so much better for it and was actually a lot easier to manage. I really enjoyed playing with my natural texture and not needing to worry about so much damage etc.
Originally Posted by BotticelliBrit
That's what I've kind of been doing this year. I've cut off 4 inches since February in an effort to speed up the transition. Did the products you were using on your transitioning hair work for your natural hair or did you have to switch it up?
Your hair is stunning by the way!
Mix of many types, but I'll say 3B
Fine thickness, medium density, mixed porosity
WL wet
Currently transitioning from heat damage and relaxers

CG since 1/25/2014
Still figuring my hair out
That's what I've kind of been doing this year. I've cut off 4 inches since February in an effort to speed up the transition. Did the products you were using on your transitioning hair work for your natural hair or did you have to switch it up?
Your hair is stunning by the way!
Originally Posted by potatohead
I switched them up because the products I was using while transitioning weren't CG (I was using L'Oreal stuff). As soon as I had all my straight ends cut off, I went CG and started using sulfate and silicone free products like Shea Moisture.

I used a lot of intense deep treatments and any kind of moisturising hair product I could find while I was transitioning. Also, because my ends were so dry and wrecked, I was using loads of oils to seal and my hair was drinking it up. It was drier than the Sahara desert!

Now though, I only deep condition once a week/once every two weeks, and use oils for pre-shampoos. If I try to seal my hair looks majorly greasy. Which, hey, I'll take as a good sign because it just means it doesn't need it any more.

(And thank you! <3 My curls seem to be loving the Ouidad gel lately!)
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I was not brave enough to big chop. by the time I even knew what BC was i already had some length an had shed (well it broke off i guess) my relaxed hair. my relaxed hair was already short. i had one of them old school halle berry styles where the back was shaven a bit. as my hair grew long enough to braid i just did sew-ins for years litterally never rocking my real hair ever lol. then finally like in 2008 i wore my 4c out for the first time....yikes! i was soooooo nervous. but i got used to it and i like it now.
@BotticelliBrit: Switching all your products is annoying. When I first went CG I just pushed all my cone and sulfate products onto my mom and bought my CG friendly ones lol ! I'm glad you found a good routine for your curls (:

@Banafrit That first reveal can be super scary! I remember when I first started occasionally wearing my hair curly to school in 10th grade(I never went out without straightened hair since like 3rd grade) and I was absolutely terrified of what people would think and if they would call it ugly. After a while I got used to it, just like you did. Props to you for being brave enough to ditch the sew-ins and rock your beautiful hair!
Mix of many types, but I'll say 3B
Fine thickness, medium density, mixed porosity
WL wet
Currently transitioning from heat damage and relaxers

CG since 1/25/2014
Still figuring my hair out
I stay away from a BC because my hair didn't grow well after I had a BC when I was a child..
But I think that my trimming point will stay at around waist-length for a while to even out my ends and to remove the parts that had been through harsh straightening.
Henna'd ✩ waist-length (wet) ✩ loose 3b
High density ✩ very coarse & medium ✩ porous halfway length: old heat & sun damage ✩ low elasticity (wet)


Climate
75-100% humidity

CG only products
Clarify: YTCar poo
Low poo: Harmonie Familie
Co-wash&RO: Argan Care
Styling LI: [varying]
Seal: sweet almond oil
Pre-wash: coconut oil

: oils, dew = 50-60s + 50-70% humidity, hydrolyzed keratin
: salt water, rain, high humidity, 'cones

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