Do I really have to do the big chop, or is there a way to just wash out relaxer?

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I know people always say when you are comfortable you just have to cut off the relaxed hair, but is there a way to clarify or something to get rid of the relaxer? Or is it because washing away the relaxer won't change the shape?
No a relaxer is a permanent change to your hair. It cannot be washed out.
But you can try and tell us how that works for you.

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A relaxer is a chemical that processes curly, coily, kinky hair to make it straight(er) by damaging the coils and forcing them to become straight. The straightness is permanent, you either have to cut the relaxed hair or grow out the relaxed hair and snip it when the natural hair reaches a desired length. There is no way to clarify or wash relaxed hair into being natural again.

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Ditto the above. You can't wash out a relaxer, but you don't have to do the big chop either. I didn't, and I started transitioning the beginning of 2011 and am now all natural. You do have the option of trimming off the relaxed ends as the new growth comes in. When I was transitioning, my relaxed ends broke off at a certain point (which was why I had major breakage) I retained most of my length.

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nope no way to "wash out relaxer". you have to grow the relaxer out then cut the relaxed ends or just chop your hair and start over.

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