I have also considered this. I had my first set backcombed combed them out. I'm on my 2nd set and they were started neglect and T&R but I listened to an exfriend and went to a salon and had them permed in. Now they are so thin and I think they are so tight that they aren't dreading on their own much, they seem very thin and too skinny. I'm struggling with cutting em short and combing out what I can and starting over naturally with wool hats, or to combine them and pray?I want to say your doing a great thing, I wish I had the guts to know which way I am going with mine. Can't wait to follow your journey!