The "Super Long Transitioners" Thread!

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Also I had never heard of bantu knots before! I've tried braid outs and 2 strand twists but they don't work for me as much. I am definitely trying this tonight... thank goodness for YouTube or I wouldn't be able to do anything!

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Also I had never heard of bantu knots before! I've tried braid outs and 2 strand twists but they don't work for me as much. I am definitely trying this tonight... thank goodness for YouTube or I wouldn't be able to do anything!

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Originally Posted by Runarye87
Lol. Youtube and internet vids have definitely helped me learn various styling methods. While I tend to keep everything as simple as possible its always nice to have something to fall bk on on a rainy day you know. It seems like we have been transitioning for the same amount of time. Do you have any idea how long you think you will transition for?
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(Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


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This knowledge of bantu knots has definitely changed my mind! I was just getting sooo frustrated with my tightly coiled crown and limp ends. I did the bantu knot out last night and it was AWESOME! I got big curls from top to bottom, which has never happened before, not with popping, diffusing, anything else!

Granted, it was the first time I had ever done them so I have to tweak, but I posted a pic.

Now that I have this option, I'm.going to try not to BC. I'm not on a specific deadline, but I would like my natural hair to reach my chin, and thatll take... prob 2 years. So I'm in it for the long haul!

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This knowledge of bantu knots has definitely changed my mind! I was just getting sooo frustrated with my tightly coiled crown and limp ends. I did the bantu knot out last night and it was AWESOME! I got big curls from top to bottom, which has never happened before, not with popping, diffusing, anything else!

Granted, it was the first time I had ever done them so I have to tweak, but I posted a pic.

Now that I have this option, I'm.going to try not to BC. I'm not on a specific deadline, but I would like my natural hair to reach my chin, and thatll take... prob 2 years. So I'm in it for the long haul!

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Originally Posted by Runarye87
So pretty!! Love the hair!
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
So pretty!! Love the hair![/QUOTE]

Thank you it came out good that first time, but the second time I tried it looked pretty bad... I have layers and the shorter layers in the knots were unraveling and poking out before I got the knot completely wrapped around itself. Maybe I needed to get my hair more damp?

Also wash n gos usually come out pretty bad for me because of two things, frizz at the crown and my relaxed ends hanging like dead weight. And I get so tired of the steps, ice queen, not touching it, promoting clumps, plopping, mousse, gel, oil, diffusing, just to have it look like Crap.

So after the failed bantu knot attempt, I just said to heck with it! I cowashed, left some conditioner in, slapped in some oil, not caring about frizz ,and let it air dry. This turned into the best wash n go I've done in WEEKS. Hardly any frizz at the crown and my relaxed ends had a little more curl than usual! I tried to wash n go this morning and it turned out a hot mess, so I had to throw it in a ponytail.

Sorry that was long, but the point is I can do the EXACT same routine two days in a row and get very different results. Does this happen to anyone else? I think my hair has its off days just like me


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Hey ladies!
I just had to share because I'm so happy...I finally did a good twist out!!! The trick was doing it with damp hair instead of dry. For the next time I'll tweak it by using my extreme gel instead of KCCC (it left my front too crunchy). The result was fly though.
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
Glad to hear you had good results! Its always a good feeling to try a hairstyle w/success. I did another homemade PT yesterday and each time I do one I am beyond surprised by how much curl definition and shine it gives me. I almost don't wanna wash it out of my hair....if only it weren't for that horrid mayo and egg smell! Lol.
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








Last edited by JaylensMami10; 10-27-2011 at 08:04 PM.
Hey im 16 with long hair that stop to my shoulder. i have been transitioning to natural hair for almost a month now (it will be a month Nov.1)but it has been hard so far b/c im running out of styles to wear my hair while im transitioning.the ;ast time i got a perm was Aug before school started but after the perm i kept on getting my hair flat iron b/c its so thick. but Oct. 1 i made a promise to myself that i wouldnt get a perm nomore and i wouldnt put no heat in my hair while during the transitioning. its been going good so far have not been putting heat on it at all. but sometimes i ask to myself should i just go ahead and do a Big chop. but when i really think about it i cant do it. Need alot of advices......NewB...... 1Month Natural so far
Hey im 16 with long hair that stop to my shoulder. i have been transitioning to natural hair for almost a month now (it will be a month Nov.1)but it has been hard so far b/c im running out of styles to wear my hair while im transitioning.the ;ast time i got a perm was Aug before school started but after the perm i kept on getting my hair flat iron b/c its so thick. but Oct. 1 i made a promise to myself that i wouldnt get a perm nomore and i wouldnt put no heat in my hair while during the transitioning. its been going good so far have not been putting heat on it at all. but sometimes i ask to myself should i just go ahead and do a Big chop. but when i really think about it i cant do it. Need alot of advices......NewB...... 1Month Natural so far
Originally Posted by Kookiecourt
Congrats on making the decision to transition! This journey is a very personal one and I have to say that whether you ultimately decide to BC or transition for the long haul it is up to you. The only thing I will say is to make sure you do your research. Look at youtube vids, check out blogs, websites, etc related to all the advice you want and/or need. If you get tired of doing your hair or get frustrated then try braids, corn rows, wigs, weaves,etc to give yourself and your hair a break...especially before you decide to BC. Imo you can always afford to wait another week or even month to try a hair style before Bc'ing but if you go ahead and chop and end up hating it then it can take a major toll on you emotionally if you aren't ready for it...especially if you don't have added support in the form of family, friends or a SO. Good luck and feel free to post as many questions as you need to!
Hair Type: A head full of THICK, normal porosity curls/coils that I am TOTALLY in LUV with!
(Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


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Last edited by JaylensMami10; 10-29-2011 at 11:35 AM.
So while detangling my hair last night during my weekly wash session, I realized that I may not make it to my 3 or 4 year 'transitioning' mark. Not bc I don't want to but bc I really don't have that much relaxed ends left. I never trim my hair, I only dust it but w/the amount of relaxed ends I have left its very possible that I will more than likely be all natural either before or by my 2yr transitioning mark next July.

The only reason I was pushing for 3 or 4 years was for the growth so I guess its really no biggie if all the relaxed ends are gone in another 8 months, it will just mean after that point I will only be dealing will my natural hair which is really the point of all this anyway right.
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







That's do awesome Jaylensmami10!! I was looking at my new growth too this week when I washed an I notice that it was already down to almost shoulder length (in only 10 months yay me!!!). The problem is that my hair is a little below BSL so it's gonna take a LOT of trimmings to get rid of the relaxed ends. I'm totally ok with that.
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
My hair (natural & relaxed) hits right between shoulder and apl (closer to apl) now but it was longer before I chopped off between 3 and 4 inches back in January. Since then I have only been doing dusting. However I have been doing frequent dusting (like every 2 weeks) so I think thats why I have been getting rid of the relaxed ends so quickly.

I don't really measure my hair but it seems to be growing rather quickly and I keep my hair in protective styles 100% of the time so I'm sure that helps a lot w/my length retention. I still plan on keeping my relaxed ends as long as they wanna hang around as well so that the rare occasions that I wanna straighten I will have the additional length.

What length are you shooting for natural rusycurly?
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








Last edited by JaylensMami10; 11-01-2011 at 06:55 PM.
Has anyone had a problem with their hair being too healthy? I have a combination of 2c 3a 3b curls and my hair is fine and medium thickness. It just seems that my few inches of new growth is very flat and doesn't have a lot of curl. It's super soft and feels good to touch, but it's just limp and I can't really seem to get a thick look to it. Help?
Has anyone had a problem with their hair being too healthy? I have a combination of 2c 3a 3b curls and my hair is fine and medium thickness. It just seems that my few inches of new growth is very flat and doesn't have a lot of curl. It's super soft and feels good to touch, but it's just limp and I can't really seem to get a thick look to it. Help?
Originally Posted by chapa8k
That sounds like you may be getting too much moisture. Are you doing protein treatments?
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







Has anyone had a problem with their hair being too healthy? I have a combination of 2c 3a 3b curls and my hair is fine and medium thickness. It just seems that my few inches of new growth is very flat and doesn't have a lot of curl. It's super soft and feels good to touch, but it's just limp and I can't really seem to get a thick look to it. Help?
Originally Posted by chapa8k
That sounds like you may be getting too much moisture. Are you doing protein treatments?
Originally Posted by JaylensMami10
No, but I do use a TON of conditioner. I wash about 3 times a week using the condition wash condition method and I do my final rinse upside down and scrunch conditioner in before I get out of the shower. I didn't know you could over -moisturize your hair! I also use a curl cream so maybe I should lay off on the conditioner a little?
My goal is waist length hair. I'm about 5 inches away from it at the moment. I'll keep trimming whenever I feel is necessary. Since the summer I've been cutting 1 inch/ 1/2 inch every month to even out my hemline and get rid of stupid layers. My hair is very healthy. Never see any split ends. I haven't experienced much breakage because I was only relaxing the edges of my hair. I'll keep doing this for the next couple of years or so until is all natural.
Hair: 3a, normal porosity and elasticity
My hair loves: Vatika and Bhringraj oils, adores henna.
My HGs: Bobeam's shampoo bars, CJAO, CJRM, Original Moxie's Hair Bling, Terressentials,

Let's hear it for beautiful curls!!!
Has anyone had a problem with their hair being too healthy? I have a combination of 2c 3a 3b curls and my hair is fine and medium thickness. It just seems that my few inches of new growth is very flat and doesn't have a lot of curl. It's super soft and feels good to touch, but it's just limp and I can't really seem to get a thick look to it. Help?
Originally Posted by chapa8k
That sounds like you may be getting too much moisture. Are you doing protein treatments?
Originally Posted by JaylensMami10
No, but I do use a TON of conditioner. I wash about 3 times a week using the condition wash condition method and I do my final rinse upside down and scrunch conditioner in before I get out of the shower. I didn't know you could over -moisturize your hair! I also use a curl cream so maybe I should lay off on the conditioner a little?
Originally Posted by chapa8k
You can absolutely over moisturize your hair and that sounds like exactly what you have done...limp hair...no curl. You have to have a moisture protein balance for TRUE HEALTHY hair so you not only need to lay off of soooo much moisture but you also need to incorporate some protein into your hair routine. How much will be up to you and your hair. You may do fine w/a over the counter product however I personally prefer to make my own bc I can control what goes in it. So do some experimentation but definitely get some protein in your life! Lol.

My goal is waist length hair. I'm about 5 inches away from it at the moment. I'll keep trimming whenever I feel is necessary. Since the summer I've been cutting 1 inch/ 1/2 inch every month to even out my hemline and get rid of stupid layers. My hair is very healthy. Never see any split ends. I haven't experienced much breakage because I was only relaxing the edges of my hair. I'll keep doing this for the next couple of years or so until is all natural.
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
Congrats on being so close to your goal! I was initially thinking that anything longer than apl hair would just be too over whelming however I have been looking at Chimes youtube channel and I just adore her hair! So I have reconsidered Lol and I will probably grow my hair out to bsl curly bc with my shrinkage that will be waist length straight which I can deal with. So good luck to both of us on this growth and healthy hair journey!
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








Last edited by JaylensMami10; 11-02-2011 at 09:11 AM.
Okay, I read this entire thread. &every single one of you is a major help! I've only relaxed my hair Twice! The first time last august when I was 13, the next one this august (14 now)so I didn't have a relaxer for a whole year, before I got the second relaxer my hair was about 70% natural (which isn't that good because that means mostly all of my relaxed hair broke off because my hair wasn't even shoulder length, &it was past that relaxed) &I wish I would've never relaxed it again cause I could've been 1000% natural now (so yes, my hair does grow fast &I'm think my hair might be shoulder length natural in about a year &a half MAYBE) Yes I'm young but I know how to take care of my hair, I know what products are good and bad for my hair, I know how to detangle care fully and all that. I've been transitioning for 3 months (since august 1st) and I already have about 2 inches of new growth, my hair type is about 3b-3c ends of my all natural hair are loooser than the rest. I moved to my moms this september, &I've wanted to go natural for awhile but I didn't want my hair to look bad and my friends to be like whooa, but since I'm at my moms I don't care what people think about my hair, I'm moving back to my hometown next year for sophmore year &I really wanted to be all natural but as you ladies say, you really don't get that much growth in a year, SO I guess what I'm asking is do you think my hair will be at least a little bit above shoulder length by next august? Also do any of you have any tips, protective styles, products for me? This has been pretty emotional for me since I'm a freshman &you want to fit in. I would just like your guys' support &yeeah, sorry this was really long, I hope it made sense. I probably have lots of errors, but oh well. Also my hair is about and inch from being APL, &when my mom relaxed my hair it just loosened about of my hair, so it all looks texlaxed excpet for my ends which are bone straight.. (i will try to put up pictures sometime soon) so I think my natural hair might blend in w/ my "texlaxed" hair, hopefully you guys understand that. Also (sorry) I can scrunch my hair &my striaght-ends kind of curl up, but the rest of my hair gets Really frizzy! &I have A LOT of breakage &shedding wich I don't know how is possible because all I do is protective styles. I haven't got my cut since august 15th? &I must admit I do have about 2 inches of split ends D: which I am going to cut off sometime this month, so my hair will probably be able shoulder length. &JaylensMami10 you have Great advice!

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Last edited by CaseyGoNatural; 11-04-2011 at 11:44 AM.
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That sounds like you may be getting too much moisture. Are you doing protein treatments?
Originally Posted by JaylensMami10
No, but I do use a TON of conditioner. I wash about 3 times a week using the condition wash condition method and I do my final rinse upside down and scrunch conditioner in before I get out of the shower. I didn't know you could over -moisturize your hair! I also use a curl cream so maybe I should lay off on the conditioner a little?
Originally Posted by chapa8k
You can absolutely over moisturize your hair and that sounds like exactly what you have done...limp hair...no curl. You have to have a moisture protein balance for TRUE HEALTHY hair so you not only need to lay off of soooo much moisture but you also need to incorporate some protein into your hair routine. How much will be up to you and your hair. You may do fine w/a over the counter product however I personally prefer to make my own bc I can control what goes in it. So do some experimentation but definitely get some protein in your life! Lol.

Thank you that helped a ton! The last couple of days I've laid off the conditioner and my hair is already doing better at keeping its volume, I will post a picture soon, but I was wondering what you do to make your own protein treatment? I don't have a lot of money so I have to keep it kind of cheap, but I'd really like to get my hair into tip top shape so I can grow it out long.
I'm sure this question had probably been asked and answered somewhere in these posts, but my eyes got too tired from reading so many.

I'm newly natural (only 2 months in) and I plan on doing a long term. My question to you all is, what steps have you all taken to prevent breakage with your different textures and how did you deal with the beginning stages of your transitions?

This is what my hair l looks like as of last night. My last relaxer was in august and I'm trying to figure out how to take care of it until I learn how to do it or find someone to braid it on a college student's budget.

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