I have been through it with my hair! I started my journey in 2002 and none of it was pleasant. Dry as the Sahara ends, thirsty roots, my ends were split like a messy divorce, forced hair cuts (not trims - cuts!), you name it! But guess what, I am so glad that I did it. I'm not going to be cliche and say "I wouldn't change a thing" because that would be a falsy. What I will say is that I wish I would have done it sooner and had more "hairducation".
What about you? If you knew then, what you know now about your hair or natural hair care in general, what would you change?