I can't add to much to the fine responses you received above, but I just wanted to say when you do complete your tranition you will be SO POWERFUL. I know it, keep it up. And pity your manager, she is without knowledge when it comes to hair.
Keep taking little steps toward your goal. Stay on this board. So much info is here.
Keep us posted.
3A, Protein Senitive, Low Porosity,
Wash: Suave Naturals Conds (excluding Coconut), CVSB
Rinse out/Leave In: GVP Cond. Balm, KCKT,
Style: Naturelle Gel(winter HG), KCCC (summer HG), Flaxseed gel
Love your hair: Love yourself!