I agree....you can definitely grow your hair out without doing a BC. I transitioned for 17 months before cutting the relaxer. However, I wouldn't recommend that you do what I did...which was flat iron my hair every 1-2 weeks smooth the new growth. It made my transition process easier...but I think I ended up suffering from heat damage (sections of my hair aren't very curly). I agree with what the other ladies posted....do deep treatments, moisturize, and try twist sets and other styles to match the two textures. Good luck with your transition!
4a: Combo of tight coils and waves; Last relaxer - 11/05 (LC - 4/07) - http://public.fotki.com/missmonie/ - updates as of Mar '09
Products: Trader Joe's condish * Giovanni Direct Leave in * Fantasia Gel or KCCC for curl definition * Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Cream as moisturizer