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Fimu 03-31-2014 03:50 PM

Did you reached ur goal length without BC or regular trim?
 
I've read often that regular trimming (every month or few months) or even a big chop is necessary to get rid of heat damage so your hair can grow better.

But I was wondering, can you also reach your goal length easily (e.g. mid-back or waist) when you don't trim your damaged hair that often (like only once in a half year or less)?
I would like to hear your experiences :)

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lolo918 03-31-2014 08:40 PM

In my personal experiences with my hair, the answer would be no. I think it can be different for every person though. When I have had damage that I didn't get rid of, my hair would just break for me and my hair would stay the same length for months, years even. My specific case in point for me was my transition time- with 7 inches of starting hair and trims ~6-8 weeks apart I chopped my last 2-3 inches at 10 months. In November of 2013, I was 11 months post mini-big chop, and was trimming every 3-4 months. I had not gotten back to my 7 inches yet- I even lost almost an inch between October and November. Then I lost more when I trimmed all the wonky ends I noticed at the time off. Since then I've been CG, using protein, and trimming anywhere from every 4-8 weeks. I've actually gotten back all of the length that I lost already even with losing about an eighth of an inch each time I trim.

That being said, I also think that trim frequency will vary widely from person to person for ultimate growth, and even within different parts of your head. I'm noticing lately that my crown area and the area that is where I lay on when I lay on my back need trims more often than other places on my head. They get really tangly no matter what, and rough feeling sooner than other hair areas.

sixelamy 03-31-2014 09:23 PM

Definitely depends on your individual hair. My hair still grew fine (and fast) with 2" of strawlike damaged ends. It had no effect on my hair growth. I did end up chopping them off, because I couldn't stand the tangles and the feel of them. My hair wasn't breaking, but I did fry individual hairs off here and there - I saw them falling into the sink and didn't care. Oh, the things we used to do to our hair.

Jimipe 03-31-2014 11:29 PM

My hair also grows fine with damaged ends (strawlike feel, tangles like mad, looks fried etc) and the damage does not seem to spread upwards. I do however not seem to get split hairs which might explain it? As for big-cut and all of that, I think one big part of it is not having to take care of very different textures. Today I keep cutting of fried parts as soon as I see them because they annoy me a lot and I definitely could not make it with a couple of inches of that in my hair.

Fimu 04-01-2014 12:14 AM

Thanx a lot for sharing your experiences! :)

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Originally Posted by lolo918 (Post 2262885)
I'm noticing lately that my crown area and the area that is where I lay on when I lay on my back need trims more often than other places on my head. They get really tangly no matter what, and rough feeling sooner than other hair areas.

Got that issue too and would like to trim that part of mine separately. How do you separate them into the "crown section"?

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lolo918 04-01-2014 06:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Fimu (Post 2262926)
Thanx a lot for sharing your experiences! :)

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Originally Posted by lolo918 (Post 2262885)
I'm noticing lately that my crown area and the area that is where I lay on when I lay on my back need trims more often than other places on my head. They get really tangly no matter what, and rough feeling sooner than other hair areas.

Got that issue too and would like to trim that part of mine separately. How do you separate them into the "crown section"?

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I have learned what those scraggly ends feel like, so I usually notice them first in the shower as I'm finger detangling. For my hair it is a case of no matter how much conditioner, or how long I let conditioner sit in that area it takes a bit of work to detangle that area gently. Then I just try to make sure to check those areas after my hair has dried to catch them. I take very small sections of hair and smooth down the length as many times that it takes to get a good idea of where the "roughness" starts before cutting.

Since I've started wearing my hair curly, I really have not had as many problems because I finger detangled more often than not from the start. I will say that having breakage like I described also depends on how long I leave those problem ends on. So when I spoke of my breakage experience I wasn't clear enough that this was when I would get "trims" like once a year, twice at the most. For me this was pretty much all of high school and half-way through undergrad for my experience. At the time I was very wary of stylists because I always felt like they cut too much even after I told them I just wanted the damage gone. I laugh a lot at my younger self now because my hair would "grow" like crazy for a few months after a cut, then stop, and I'd keep my length for awhile until it got to where I couldn't do anything with it (like trying to get my chemically relaxed hair to hold a curl, not lose so much while washing, or not look so frizzy). So I'd go in for a haircut and come out mad that I lost so much length, then start the whole asinine process over again.

When I transitioned from chemical relaxing, I had been on a healthier hair journey- I started with healthier hair and got trims when I started having tangling problems instead of just doing one or two big cuts. I also had the mindset of wanting to get rid of the relaxed hair as soon as possible, with less emphasis on getting longer hair which has occurred to me as I've written this book. That may be something that makes my experience drastically different.

Fimu 04-04-2014 03:16 AM

Thank you for your responses.

I think I'm going to (micro)trim every few months when my hair has passed WL (I expect that will happen this year).


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