I've been relaxer free for about 6+ yrs now. im so used to having longer hair and cut it for the first time in 2001. Since then i like to keep my hair shoulder lenghth or shorter. i did a short bob last year and always had it flat ironed every 2 weeks. when it was longer i would alternate between flat irons, wash and go's and braid outs. I have decided to let my hair grow out naturally, but the only way i feel i could do this is with a big chop. I have gradually cut my hair (straight) to get used to the feeling of having short hair and now i have a few straight ends. i have an appointment to go back and have the last of my flat iron damaged ends cut. im so excited!