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    Hey Everyone,
    I am a long transitioner im in my 15th month and i really want to cut the relaxed ends off i would say im 90%natural right now b/c all last year ive kept up with monthly trims and the end of this feb i did a mini chop at my hairdressers. so right now my hair is layered and i like it but then there are some straight ends. I just wanted to know has anyone done the big chop themselves and if so was there any difficulties or have u gone to the hairdresser? My hair dresser is gd to me eventhough she mostly deals with perms and she knows i dont' like hair too short where i can't put in in a pony tail thats what i consider short so just wanted your thoughts experiences or opionions. I plan on going completly natural in the next three months or less.

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    I did the Big chop myself and it was smooth sailing. Some people cut their hair wet because it easier to see where the natural hair ends, but I cut my hair dry because it was easier for me to determine where to cut. I used a pair of hair scissors. Here's a link to my to give you an idea how my hair looked after i cut it.

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    There's a whole lot I can say on this subject, so I'll try to keep it short and sweet:

    1. Most people I know who did the BC themselves ended up going to a barber or hairdresser afterwards to get their fro even/shaped up. There's nothing wrong with chopping yourself, but you may need help getting the back.

    2. There have been many threads about hairdressers turning on folks once they have gone natural. Everything from cutting their fro much shorter than requested to perming their hair without permission.

    3. I don't really trust hairdressers - I didn't become this way until after I went natural. Even my own hairdresser that was good to me when I was getting CFCs did a 180 once I went natural, even though I told her I would still have her maintain my hair. She was friends with my mom and everything but she tripped HARD.

    Truth is, most hairdressers DON'T know how to deal with natural hair, and most DON'T WANT to deal with natural hair because they think it's difficult, ugly, and they know that if you are natural they can't make as much money off of you than they could if you were permed, weaved, and/or fire raking your hair.

    4. I suggest going to a barber because they deal with natural hair and shaping fros all day, plus they will only charge you $8-15 at most for a cut (and even $15 is a lot). They usually aren't concerned with making you look 'cute' as a hairdresser would, and what I mean by this is they don't try to project their own personal opinion of what they think you should look like onto your head - they give you what you ask for. They aren't all caught up in having length because all they do is cut hair.

    Whatever you decide, make sure you get a consultation before you let anybody near your head. Ask questions and be observant of how the shop looks and how the person treats you. Good luck and if you need more advice/info let me know...

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    1. Most people I know who did the BC themselves...

    Thanks for the advice. My hair is uneven it always has been so im not concerned about that, my hair just grows that way. I just dont' want it cut shorter because when i wash i can clearly c where the relaxed ends are, cuz i don't want all 15 months of growing go on the floor so i think ill go to different barbers and natural hair places for consultations. When going for the big chop or in my case mini chop (cuz im growing it out and do mini chops regularly) should i wash it myself then just go there or go there and let them wash it

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    I would suggest that if you decide to cut it yourself, get the correct sissors (sp?) - for hair. Not the ones you use for art projects, open the mail, etc.

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    i did it myself 2 months ago and i havent gone to a barber shop to get it shaped up n i wont. it was real easy for me to tell the diff bet relaxed/ straight hair. the relaxed hair was real limp when wet. i agree w/ musiq. its a must to get hair shears instead of random scissors

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    I did the first BC myself. I knew that if I went to my stylist she would try to talk me into getting a chemical fire cream and I didn't even want to go there. I also found that the more relaxed hair I had on the ends, the harder it was for me to manage my hair, so one day I put my hair into two ponytails and I cut they hair off right at the rubberband. I still have some relaxed tips (very little), but I am planning to rid mysellf of them pretty soon (I'll be sure to invest in some hair scissors).

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    Thanks to everyone for the advice my hair hair right now is layered and when wet i can c the relaxed ends easily i might go for a consultation at a natural hair salon who encourages natural hair and make sure they only cut the relaxed ends if that don't work out or if i have a bad feeling ill do it my self with the right sissors(i can't spell this word either)

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    Good luck with that! I went to a natural stylist, and I was pleasantly pleased with my process! I would say, if it ain't broke - don't fix it! Why, if your current stylist has been trimming you over the last 15 months, wouldn't you just go to that person to get it done? S/he would know your hair best (I think), and should not take too much off (if s/he hasn't already)...

    Also, I would say an added benefit to BCing at a salon is that you can get your hair styled immediately therafter rather than feeling any sort of remorse because you don't know what to do with your hair... (But believe me, you pay for this luxury - natural hair styles are SUPER expensive in salons)

    All in all, for the last 15 months, you have done a good job of caring for your hair, so you should be ok either way...

    HTH and good luck with the mini-c! Post pics when you are done!

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    Also, I would say an added benefit to BCing at...

    Thanks for the advise and tips I would normally go to my regular hairdresser but the only way she can trim it is if its blowdried and flat ironed and i don't want any heat on it thats why iam considering doing it myself, if i do it my self then couple months later i might go to a barber who deals with natural hair for a trim. My hairdresser is all for me going natural but she mostly deals with perm hair i just don't want heat on it

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    ^^^I don't blame you for not wanting to go to your hairdresser. Like I said I was going to the same hairdresser for 10 years and she was friends with my mom and she started trippin' when I told her I wanted to go natural. Most hairdressers don't know how to deal with natural hair or they will be quick to try to fry and straighten your hair.

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    You can ask that at your consultation. I have seen people do it both ways. When the barber cut my hair it was dry. I know some people cut their hair themselves like it wet so they can see the two textures. The only problem with cutting it wet is that your hair can shrink up and then it may be uneven when it dries. But if you aren't worried about the evenness you can do it yourself or just ask whomever is cutting it for you what you should do.

    Good luck!

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    2. There have been many threads about hairdressers turning on...

    WHA???? Are you serious ! I had a nightmare about that (and my mom said she would slip some creamy crack in my head while I slept, she was kidding) but daaannnng! I would cry, and then sue!

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    Great advice, I am planning a BC soon so this should help me too!! Any advice about technique for chopping? I have only about 3.5 inches of unrelaxed hair and am trying to keep as much of it as possible... so im thinking im gonna take each hair tiny section by tiny section and cut, since my new growth is different lengths all over ...seems like it will be time comsuming tho...

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    Situations like this is why i would prefer to do it myself or go to a barber who encouages natural hair not my regular hair dresser, shes gd to me but i just wouldn't she does mostly permed hair i wouldn't want it cut shorter cuz i can clearly see where the permed ends are

    Don't kno if anyone elses hair is like this but on my right side i would say its basically all natural with pieces of natural ends here and there and the left side there are a little more my hair is layered so i dont' mind the uneveness cuz i don't plan on wearing it straight for a while a while for means like next year just wanted to know if for some ppl some parts are fully natural and some have relaxed ends

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    This topic is very helpful.

    I plan on doing the BC next week Monday and I will be doing it myself. So I will make sure I go to Sally's this weekend to buy hair scissors.

    I am going to cut in sections even though it will take a lot of time. The difference in the two textures is very clear when my hair is wet. So I am going to prepare my hair as if I would co-wash. (I usually wash my hair in about 6 sections) And then chop away.

    Hopefully i can get my friends camera so I can set up pics.

    To the OP...good luck with whatever you decide!

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    I cut my own hair too. I went to my mom's barber to get it shaped up a few days later but he made it square shaped and I dont have a square head! And the other day I noticed that my hair is shorter on the right than the left, again, I think it was the dern barber! I am NOT going to him again

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    Quote: 2. There have been many threads about hairdressers turning...

    Yes ma'am I am telling the truth. The link below is old, but this is the first time I read on forum about somebody having their hair permed without giving the stylist permission to do so:

    I Don't Know What I Wanna Do With My Life.

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