Speaking from experience, if you have split ends the longer you procrastinate about removing them the more you will have to cut once you realize they have to go. You will be suprised how fast it grows when you do and secondly how do you take care of your hair? Do you do the loc method, moisturize and sealing or dc's? And lastly how long is it before you start producing flakes after you wash? Do you use heat on your hair? And if so how much and do you protect your hair?