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Here are some of the questions I get asked the most, and what my answers have been. This way you can get your answers immediately, without having to wait on me. And you never know, you might find answers to a few questions you didn't even know you had yet.

*This is still a work in progress. I'm continuing to add many more questions, and we are still ironing out a few quirks. But we wanted to make this available as soon as possible.

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Do I Have To BC When Growing Out My Perm?
The hair that counts is your new growth. Cutting off your chemical hair won't make your natural hair grow faster. It's more to make your life easier. Also, if you are doing things that damages your new growth in order to style the chemical hair, then the chemical hair should go. If you are able to treat your new hair gently, even with the chemical hair, and you aren't ready yet to cut it, then it's fine for it to stay.

If the two textures cause you to yank a comb through your hair, then it's best to act in the interest of your new hair and cut it. The chemical hair is now damaged, and if it's anything like mine was, it will continue to break. But that's fine because you have beautiful, new strong hair coming in. So it's all about protecting the new growth.

If you aren't ready to cut yet, and you are gentle with all your hair, then it's fine to leave the old hair. If you wanted you could get it trimmed about an inch every two months until it's gone, or you just don't want it on your head anymore.

If you want, you can check out how I grew out my chemicals on the Growing It Out page (I wasn't ready to cut off all my hair until about a year and a half after starting to grow it out).

After the Big Chop (and stopping any more damage occurring to my hair), it took me about ten years to grow my hair down to my tailbone. Undamaged, healthy hair grows about 1/2 inch a month, or about 6 inches a year. There is no reason why you couldn't have long, strong, happy curls, too. The two things that keep us from having long hair is that our hair is easily damaged, and the ways we have learned to care for our hair cause it lots of damage. Once we learn to care for our curls without damaging them any longer, our hair can finally grow to its maximum length. The trick is to learn to care for it without damage.

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