, I'm in the midst of transitioning for 3rd time and am a little over 9 months post (last relaxer was March 2011). But this time, I have done much better than in times past because of a few methods I had to learn.
It is hard to find styles that work 5-8 months post relaxer and the twist-outs and buns, etc.. get old fast.
I havn't seen anyone really doing this but I wanted to put it out there for you to try:
Micro's with your own hair.
Just braid the new growth and let the relaxed hair hang free. It makes sense because the newgrowth can hold up on it's own because of the natural curl. I can't count the times that people ask if thats my hair.
My hair is mid-back length.