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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 18 2007 at 11:05pm
Co-signing with all that was stated by Lady and B Phlyy.
 
Some people can achieve their hair goal, then trim or cut the thin ends.  For me personally, I believe that the decision as to how drastic of a cut, or if only trims should be done should be  taken on an individual basis.  One person's ends can be thin 3/4", another person's hair can be thin going up to 4" or more. I have seen hair that was anoxeric, with proper care, and treatment.  The person's hair achieved good length and thickness, and only minor trims were done.
 
I am an advocate of gradual trims, moreso than drastic cuts.. 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 18 2007 at 11:18pm
Ediese, i had the same problem with my nape and i am still waiting for it to catch up to the rest. I used to lose all of my growth everytime i relaxed so i just stopped relaxing. my plan is to get to my first goal length of bsl and to do minor trims until my hair evens out. i think that thats a good plan for those with extremely uneven hair. and i must say that my hair has evened out on its own a lil in the past year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 18 2007 at 11:53pm

im coming to a cross roads as far as ends go too. either keep them and have layered hair, or cut them so its one length (longer on the top, shorter in the back) but i think its better to do it now and get it out of the way so later its not as much of a shock.

I could live with "no progress" for a couple months as opposed to reaching my goal and having my hair looking a mess.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 19 2007 at 12:40am
I just cut off about 4 inches b/c my hair was growing straggly/thin on my right side and I have been trying to nurture it back to health for four months since I started my hair journey & it was not getting fuller at all only longer so I had it chopped to the thickest part b/c It was causing me to lose my "hair health" motivation.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 19 2007 at 7:34am
I had a really bad relaxer incident last year that left my nape almost bald.   My ends were looking great (no splits) but it just appeared thin.   The difference in lengths was so frustrating...at one point it was so bad I started a thread on BHM saying I was going to chop it all off.   Fortunately the ladies talked some sense into me and I decided to just gradually trim a little bit each time.

It is slowly catching up but it's still a good 2 inches shorter than the rest of my hair.  However, I'm happy with the way it looks and won't be doing a BC anytime soon.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 19 2007 at 7:46am
Originally posted by Ediese Ediese wrote:

Okay... I have a question for all of you that won't be opposed to just cutting it off. I think my hair looks thinner because for the past year I've been having problems with my nape area. I swear whenever I relaxed the back of my hair days later I would notice that all of the hair completely broke up. I started chopping my whole head trying to even things out. This happened again in January, so I chopped my hair off again (short bob). I guess back then I didn't realize it was a combination of the relaxer and my iron deficiency that broke my hair off.
 
Anyway, now that my hair has grown back, it looks a little thin because whereas other parts of my hair is 12-16" inches. The nape area is about 5". Would you guys chop off that hair to even it out with the nape area?
 
 
ediese...i would cut a bit..this was my case exactly...due to a bad relaxer last year..almost the whole back half was about 2 in" long...i nursed my hair back to f\good health, but the crown was about 3 in" longer than the back...suffice to say, i held on to the hair b/c that portion wsa pretty much APL...i finally made the decision to "even it up"...amazingly my hair had grown back pretty good and it is even....
 
how do you feel about it? do you feel like your hair would look alot better w/o the hair? do you feel like you can nurse it back??
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 19 2007 at 10:24am
I love you for this post E!!!! I was really thinking of doing a big chop!!! you helped change my mind!!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 19 2007 at 10:51am
I did it cause I wanted a fresh start my hair was pass SL b4 i cut it I did have thin ends from overprocessing. Now I have been in the game for 6 months and made a good come a round and dont believe I would have made it this far without a fresh start but everyone is different. I wasnt really worried about going from pass SL to EL cause it will all grow back if u TLC it.....and it is almost back where i started.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 19 2007 at 11:37am

elektra
I don't like to see them either, but imo I don't wear my hair out anyway. So, why chop it all off? I think I'm going to hang on until I get to BSL and gradually trim from there. Hopefully, my nape starts catching up.

sasshyshani
I love to see thick hair from root to tip too, so I'm start trimming a little at a time when I get to my goal.

tiffanyoneal
Thanks girl! I understand that no one loves to see see thru ends, but why BC if you don't wear your hair out anyway? Yep, I agree that with stretching and protective styling it will definitely help our hair get thicker. I won't have a problem trimming when I get to my goal. Why not try to improve it in the meantime?  

LdySpartyLo
I posted a pic of my nape a couple weeks ago. It's definitely starting to grow, but it's no where near as long as the rest of my hair. When I get my hair straightened next week, I'll post some more. Back in February, I did BC to even out my hair with my nape. So, I'm deciding against doing that again. I'll definitely work on growing it out and gradually trim. Thanks for the tips, I have to keep my hands out of it. 

Claudie
I completely agree with you Claudie! It wouldn't be a big deal to trim 3/4", but 4" and more is alot to chop off esp. when I did that back in February. Since I've learned so much from being on this board, I can give it extra care to improve it. I don't think a BC is necessary for me.

shae47
Yep, it sounds like we have the same issue. I also stopped relaxing and trying to manipulate it into tight ponytails. Low and behold, my nape is filling in. I'm surely going to wait until I get to BSL to start gradually trimming...no BCs for me again. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 19 2007 at 12:00pm

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I think I'll gradually trim it instead of chopping it all of now. This is how I see it. If I cut off 1/2 each month after I get to BSL, that'll help even out my hair and help make it fuller. In the process, I won't lose the length that I gained (since I'm cutting off the 1/2 that my hair grows 1/2'' each month). i won't gain any additional length, but the NG will be healthier and I'll just get rid of the ends, gradually. Hope that makes sense.

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I understand your decision, but for me I did that back in February so I'm looking for an alternative now. We'll see what happens.

bluemac
I had the same problem with a relaxer that jacked up my nape. Fortunately, my nape is definitely looking up. I'm definitely going to follow what you did. I'm happy you didn't chop it all off. No BCs for me either.

bronzeq
I will cut it, but gradually. I just don't feel like BCing again. I just did that back in February. Now that I know all that I do about proper hair car, I'm positive that I can improve it. I don't wear my hair out so I just don't see the point in chopping it off.  

destinee1483
Girl, the decision is ultimately yours, but I think that gradually trimming will work better for me. Why BC if you can trim a little off at a time. Proper care will definitely help you out. Good luck keep me posted.

ms b haven6
Your hair is looking great too! As for me, I'm not BCing again. I'll trim a little at a time. We'll see what happens next year.
 
Oh yeah..did you get that information for the Dominican salon in Houston? I posted it in that other post.
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