I basically stopped relaxing my hair. I never cut it: it just broke off. Even though I was "natural", I flat ironed my hair everyday (with pink lotion...YUCK!) to the point of severe heat damage. My first "sorta" BC was back in June 07 to a "rihanna" bob, then my final cut (ALL the straight ends) December 07. The first time I wore my hair COMPLETLY natural was summer of 2008.