Anyone finding transitioning getting easier?

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I'm about 8 weeks post relaxer now. I've been experimenting with new styles without heat like braid outs. I think transitioning is getting easier for me as long as I'm patient and I take care of both textures of hair.
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
I'm fully natural now, just cut off the rest of the relaxed ends about 2 weeks ago, but I definitely noticed that the longer my natural hair got, the easier it was to work with. I noticed the biggest improvement after I reached 6 months post. I think it has to do with being able to stick to a more stable routine. In the begining when my natural hair was starting to grow in, I had to change up my detangling routine and products often; what worked for an inch of new growth wouldn't work or do the same thing for 2 inches. But once I got to about 3 inches, I was able to be more consistent. The last few months of my transition weren't hard at all.
I'm not far enough along in it and I'm ready to go back! I'm a 3C with hair I've been able to grow out by straightening it. Now I'm using this method and am SO FRUSTRATED! I used to wash my hair once a week, now I have to go through the routine every two days because it just gets thicker and wider and frizzier by the minute.
Also, when I have it wet and full of conditioner I try to finger comb through the curls and I spend 30 minutes just working out knots and snarls and what Mom used to call rats' nests. I was prepared for a lot of hair fallout during it, but i think I've lost more than my husband ever had! AAARGH!
Anyone else finding that leaving curly hair curly takes more time, effort, and patience than just straightening it and calling it a week?
I'm fully natural now, just cut off the rest of the relaxed ends about 2 weeks ago, but I definitely noticed that the longer my natural hair got, the easier it was to work with. I noticed the biggest improvement after I reached 6 months post. I think it has to do with being able to stick to a more stable routine. In the begining when my natural hair was starting to grow in, I had to change up my detangling routine and products often; what worked for an inch of new growth wouldn't work or do the same thing for 2 inches. But once I got to about 3 inches, I was able to be more consistent. The last few months of my transition weren't hard at all.
Originally Posted by al3x&ria
ITA and adamantly believe that having a simple & consistent routine has gotten me as far as I am now. Knock on wood that things keep going the way they have been but for me yes, it has gotten easier.

I only do my hair once a week, wash/co-wash, condish, deep treat, style & leave it alone until I repeat the next week. That's the way things have been for close to a yr now. I have no complaints at all & actually if things keep goin so well I plan on continuing this for another yr or two. I'm about 2inches from apl which I'm hoping to be at by my birthday in September & then getting my hair to bsl. Once I reach that I will just maintain my hair at that length until I trim off the remainder of my relaxed ends.
Hair Type: A head full of THICK, normal porosity curls/coils that I am TOTALLY in LUV with!
(Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


Loving: MC LI Condish, Raw shea butter, Coconut & Grapeseed Oil, SM raw shea butter shampoo,HEHH Conditioner, Braggs ACV & Egg, Mayo & EVOO PT's







I'm not far enough along in it and I'm ready to go back! I'm a 3C with hair I've been able to grow out by straightening it. Now I'm using this method and am SO FRUSTRATED! I used to wash my hair once a week, now I have to go through the routine every two days because it just gets thicker and wider and frizzier by the minute.
Also, when I have it wet and full of conditioner I try to finger comb through the curls and I spend 30 minutes just working out knots and snarls and what Mom used to call rats' nests. I was prepared for a lot of hair fallout during it, but i think I've lost more than my husband ever had! AAARGH!
Anyone else finding that leaving curly hair curly takes more time, effort, and patience than just straightening it and calling it a week?
Originally Posted by lizpiper
I really would not suggest transitioning this way. Your hair is already in a fragile state as it is especially at the line of demarcation & all your doing by not only straightening it at all but also doing it so much is increasing your chances for breakage. So I am not surprised at all when you say you are losing a good amount of hair.

If you personally care for straighter styles then I would suggest roller setting (using curlformers,etc) your hair & wrapping it during the week until you wash again. There is alot of info out there (internet, youtube,etc) that can give you plenty of advice about what styles you can do until your natural hair grows out.

The best advice I heard was that you want to baby your new growth because one day that will become your ends, & since your on a natural journey you do not want to start out destroying the new hair your growing in before it really has a chance to florish.

Therefore I would re-evaluate some of your transistioning methods before you throw in the towel to see if making some simple adjustments does not make a world of difference in your hair.
Hair Type: A head full of THICK, normal porosity curls/coils that I am TOTALLY in LUV with!
(Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


Loving: MC LI Condish, Raw shea butter, Coconut & Grapeseed Oil, SM raw shea butter shampoo,HEHH Conditioner, Braggs ACV & Egg, Mayo & EVOO PT's







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Thanks for the feedback everyone! I find braid/twist-outs have been working great for me in 80+ weather. I won't be straigtening my transitioning hair until the fall.
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
Thanks hippiedoll! I'm taking a breath and relaxing. Now, you say you don't recommend transitioning this way. All I've done so far is try to find non-sulfate, no 'cone products, and wash with conditioner instead of shampoo. Do you think I'm just doing it too often? I'm not sure what I'll do when my hair loses all curl definition and just frizzes out all over. that happens within 2 days. Is it a conditioning issue? I really want to just let my hair be curly. It's very, very thick, and very frizzy-curly. One person who worked with it said "it dries angry".
Thanks hippiedoll! I'm taking a breath and relaxing. Now, you say you don't recommend transitioning this way. All I've done so far is try to find non-sulfate, no 'cone products, and wash with conditioner instead of shampoo. Do you think I'm just doing it too often? I'm not sure what I'll do when my hair loses all curl definition and just frizzes out all over. that happens within 2 days. Is it a conditioning issue? I really want to just let my hair be curly. It's very, very thick, and very frizzy-curly. One person who worked with it said "it dries angry".
Originally Posted by lizpiper
When I was referring to 'doing it too much' I was talking about straightening your hair. As far as washing it too much..well that is more of a personal preference & what you feel comfortable with/what you have going on in your life (exercise regimen, indoor/outdoor work,etc).

However if you are using sulfate shampoos & your washing your hair every three days then yes that is wayyy to much for curly hair because all you would be doing is stripping the moisture/oils from your hair, which would in turn lead to more breakage on top of all that straighteneing you said you were doing.

Now you say you have been trying to 'find' these products...have you actually found any yet? I personally use Shea Moisture products for shampooing & Suave for co-washing (both available at Target). Even though I mentioned ones that I like, the success to a stress free transition is establishing a regular regimen with products that work for YOUR HAIR!

This will take time (I am almost a yr into my HHJ & I have just settled into finding products that work really well for my hair). It's nothing to stress over, its just a part of the process that we all have to go through & as corny as it sounds the more you focus on the health of your hair that happier you and your hair will be.

As far as styling goes I would suggest doing an internet search for different transitioning hair styles & experimenting w/those & if it really starts to get frustrating for you then put your hair away for a while (braids, weave, quick weave,etc) until you feel ready to tackle the issue again.

Just be patient, do your research & love your hair. With consistent practice you will see a huge difference in the health & behavior of your hair. I can honestly tell you that my hair is 1000% healthier than what it was this time last year. Just stay with it!

HTH
Hair Type: A head full of THICK, normal porosity curls/coils that I am TOTALLY in LUV with!
(Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


Loving: MC LI Condish, Raw shea butter, Coconut & Grapeseed Oil, SM raw shea butter shampoo,HEHH Conditioner, Braggs ACV & Egg, Mayo & EVOO PT's







I'm a year and almost 3 months into my transition. For me, its all about moisture and protective styling (braids, twists, etc...) I don't like to manipulate my hair too much, so I make sure to keep it done. I've only used heat once just to see how long my hair has gotten. For me, once I figured out how I wanted to execute my transition, it really has gotten easier.

But, I can't say I don't often have the itch to BC. 9 more months and my relaxed ends will be long gone!

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hippiegirl, thanks again! I was looking at the suave naturals coconut shampoo ingredients - isn't it full of sulfates?
I haven't soaped up my hair in about 2 weeks, just co-wash, and have ordered but not tried the Giovanni no-sulfate shampoo. I have very dry skin/scalp, no dandruff but little oil. probably could get away with soaping up once a year! so what i need is moisture, moisture moisture! I'll try the Shea butter you like.
One more question: when you give in to the silicones then want to take them back out, will a vinegar or baking soda soak remove them completely?
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I'm answer everyone's questions and replying to the feedback everyone left. I think anyone who is transitioning or taking breaks from chemical processing should take time to know their hair. I am at 10 weeks post now and I'm loving the versatility of transitioning. I find that using all natural styling products work best for me. I like to use no sulfate shampoos on days whens my hair isn't so dirty. I do use sulfate shampoos 3-4 times a month. I am still using conditioners and anti-frizz products with silicones. I think everyone should use products that work best for them and stick with them. Target has a great ethic hair care section. As for heat try to limit heat styling once a week or every 2-3 weeks. Roller sets are a great way to achieve straight styles. Light blow outs and flat ironing should be okay as well. Wrapping is a great way to keep hair straight. I mostly do braid/twist outs and buns on a daily basis I only heat style twice a month. I hope these helps answer everyone's questions.
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
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You're welcome. I think transitioning has a Lot to do with just letting your hair do its own thing. Not putting so much stress and emphasis on going natural. The products you use can also make or break your hair.
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
Im 8 Months into my transition and it's getting easier as my natural hair gets longer. When it was shorter, it would shrink and therefore get matted... but as it gets longer I'm able to stretch it as I put my hair into a bun. I am planning on a 24 month transition - or at least until I can make a decent sized bun with my natural hair.
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Im 8 Months into my transition and it's getting easier as my natural hair gets longer. When it was shorter, it would shrink and therefore get matted... but as it gets longer I'm able to stretch it as I put my hair into a bun. I am planning on a 24 month transition - or at least until I can make a decent sized bun with my natural hair.
Originally Posted by Boyhead
I agree I'm transitioning until I get a decent amount of natural hair grown in. I probably won't BC until after December 2011
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
I am experiencing a hair emergency! I am 9 months post relaxer and im at a really weird stage. I can't figure my hair out. Part of the new growth is wavy, part curly, part kinky and matted. The total length of my new growth is about 4in curly (6 stretched out). The permed hair is about 5in long. It sucks up moisture like the sahara desert. Its one big curly, wavy, kinky, straight afro!!!! Im pregnant and im really considering taking some clippers and shaving it all off..........please help!!!!!!

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I am experiencing a hair emergency! I am 9 months post relaxer and im at a really weird stage. I can't figure my hair out. Part of the new growth is wavy, part curly, part kinky and matted. The total length of my new growth is about 4in curly (6 stretched out). The permed hair is about 5in long. It sucks up moisture like the sahara desert. Its one big curly, wavy, kinky, straight afro!!!! Im pregnant and im really considering taking some clippers and shaving it all off..........please help!!!!!!

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I am experiencing a hair emergency! I am 9 months post relaxer and im at a really weird stage. I can't figure my hair out. Part of the new growth is wavy, part curly, part kinky and matted. The total length of my new growth is about 4in curly (6 stretched out). The permed hair is about 5in long. It sucks up moisture like the sahara desert. Its one big curly, wavy, kinky, straight afro!!!! Im pregnant and im really considering taking some clippers and shaving it all off..........please help!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Ms.Criss
Try getting a hair cut/trim or Big Chop. Also try switching up your hair products. I recommend Shea Moisture or Karen's Body Beautiful products. Try a moisturizing deep conditioner and leave in your hair for an hour to soften it up
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
Thanks hippiedoll! I'm taking a breath and relaxing. Now, you say you don't recommend transitioning this way. All I've done so far is try to find non-sulfate, no 'cone products, and wash with conditioner instead of shampoo. Do you think I'm just doing it too often? I'm not sure what I'll do when my hair loses all curl definition and just frizzes out all over. that happens within 2 days. Is it a conditioning issue? I really want to just let my hair be curly. It's very, very thick, and very frizzy-curly. One person who worked with it said "it dries angry".
Originally Posted by lizpiper
Wow I can really relate to that... Im still pretty new into my journey and my hair dries angry as well.. you cracked me up with that

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Thanks hippiedoll! I'm taking a breath and relaxing. Now, you say you don't recommend transitioning this way. All I've done so far is try to find non-sulfate, no 'cone products, and wash with conditioner instead of shampoo. Do you think I'm just doing it too often? I'm not sure what I'll do when my hair loses all curl definition and just frizzes out all over. that happens within 2 days. Is it a conditioning issue? I really want to just let my hair be curly. It's very, very thick, and very frizzy-curly. One person who worked with it said "it dries angry".
Originally Posted by lizpiper
Wow I can really relate to that... Im still pretty new into my journey and my hair dries angry as well.. you cracked me up with that
Originally Posted by FabledBeauty
Before I convinced myself to turn away from relaxers, I had trouble finding products that worked best for my hair. Everything made my hair dry , until I switched to all natural hair care products. I'm more conscience of ingredients now.
Products I'm currently :
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia (Vanilla Latte scent)
  • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  • Certified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Karen's Body Beautiful Heavenly Jojoba Oil
Staple Deep Conditioners: Giovanni Direct Leave-in and Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Recent newbie to the Curly Girl Method
6 months post relaxer. I will be 7 months post September 17 !!
I am experiencing a hair emergency! I am 9 months post relaxer and im at a really weird stage. I can't figure my hair out. Part of the new growth is wavy, part curly, part kinky and matted. The total length of my new growth is about 4in curly (6 stretched out). The permed hair is about 5in long. It sucks up moisture like the sahara desert. Its one big curly, wavy, kinky, straight afro!!!! Im pregnant and im really considering taking some clippers and shaving it all off..........please help!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Ms.Criss
My hair did the same thing when I first began transitioning and that's been almost 2 yrs ago. Your hair is reverting back to its natural state therefore your curl pattern may be different in different parts of your head. Also because you hair has been chemically altered in the past some areas will be wavy while other parts will be kinky. Like with my hair it ins current state the sides and back of my hair have a very curly curl pattern while the crown of my hair have a more kinky-curly kind of curl pattern. I've learned to accept the fact the my hair will not all be one texture. But if the differences in your curl pattern is a huge dillema try twistouts or braidouts so that your hair will not look so drastically different!






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