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When should I do the BC (Big Chop)?
You don't have to cut off your chemical hair right away. 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.

I grew out my chemical hair for about a year and a half before I was ready to cut off the chemical hair. It wasn't a fun process, but it can be done. I put my hair in two strand twists (see Growing It Out for how I did that) to match the two textures until it was time to cut my hair.

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.

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