You don't have to cut your permed ends off it you are not ready. I transitioned for almost 2 years before my last bit of ends were gone.
I wore a lots or Bantu knots/chiney bumps when I transitioned. I loved did this as my go to style. It would last me a week if I used gel. If I didn't do my hair and went to the salon, I would get flat twist going all back and take them out which also lasted me a week. These were my go to styles when i was transitioning unless I wore half wigs.