Hi I am also transitioning and have been since July 2011. Be patient and begin to get used to your new texture. Fortunately you are in the best place to get advice. What kind of gel are you using? Alot of curlies use Eco styler gel as do I and it is not as drying as other gels. Also your hair WILL NOT lay as used to with a relaxer so u have to get used to that. Also how are doing your hair? You may want to read through the boards here for ideas. Braid outs, twist outs, Bantu knots are good. Just read and visit YouTube for help.