The "Super Long Transitioners" Thread!

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Hi, welcome to NC.com! I've been on this website for a couple of years, on and off, but I still feel like I learn so much everyday! I've been transitioning for about... 18 months now! Crazy when I think about it! I'm loving my 3 inches of natural hair but I am getting REALLY tired of the two textures. Oh well. Patience was the first thing I had to learn.

Read through the transitioning thread, it is packed full of good information. These ladies know what they are doing! Also, curlynikki.com is a wonderful help.

For me, keeping my hair protected at night seems to be the best way to protect both textures and helping my hair grow. YouTube vidoes are super helpful for explaining protective styles. Currently I am loving flat twists and bantu knots.

I know there is an overload of info out there, but it's worth it! Loving and embracing my curls has taken me on an awesome ride. Hope this helps!
Hello ladies! This is actually my second time around transitioning, I was natural for about four years and grew my hair to about tailbone length with the help of lots of care, protective styles, and spending my time on nc.com between classes lol.

Unfortunately, tangles and crazy 5 hour detangling sessions began to make my natural hair not fun for me, and I decided to get a mild texturizer to make styling easier and break up the monotomy, but my hair started to dry out and just look stringy and blah. And it did'nt take long for me to miss my curls and hate having to depend on a stylist again.

Looking back, a nice minimal cut and maybe a few well placed highlights could have saved me from my hair boredome, crazy tangles, and getting that ill-advised texturizer. Now I am about 19 months post texturizer and I LOVE seeing my curls again! I really love my hair and transitioning this time around is so much easier since i've alreay been around the natural block so to speak lol. I started a youtube channel to track my journey and express my love of natural hair. Feel free to check it out ladies! Happy transitioning! : )

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Last edited by Ashkins1118; 11-08-2011 at 10:33 PM.
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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Originally Posted by CaseyGoNatural
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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.
Originally Posted by JaylensMami10
Lol. I also like to keep things cheap as well as simple. I'm sure you probably have all of the products at home in your kitchen. All you need is mayo, extra virgin olive oil and egg yolks. That's it. How much of all 3 you will need is dependent upon how thick/long your hair is. My hair is about an inch above apl and is extremely thick so I use an entire small jar of mayo, 4 large egg yolks and just pour in enough EVOO so that its not runny and mix it all together. I then apply the mixture to my hair in sections and cover w/a plastic conditioning cap.

Afterwards rinse w/cool to cold water (not warm or hot or else the egg will cook in your hair) and then wash as usual. Make sure you do deep condition your hair afterwards though. I normally do a protein treatment about once a month however everyones hair needs are different so you may need to do it more often until you get a good moisture/protein balance back into your hair and then cut back to once a month or once every 6 weeks dependent upon your hair care needs. HTH.


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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Originally Posted by BlessedBmyRoots
To Casey & Blessed first of all the best advice I can give you is do your research. Whether you love to watch youtube vids, look at blogs, fotkis,etc. just do your research. If you don't understand something, have a question, need inspiration (hairstyles or just feel stuck in a transitioning rut) do some more research!

Second, everyone's transitioning/natural hair journey is completely unique. Just bc someone's hair looks like your's, curls like yours or doesn't it does not mean that the products that either do or do not work for their hair will perform the exact same way on yours. That being said you have to experiment to find out what your hair likes and doesn't like. Now this may change when you begin your transition, it may change again in the middle of your transition and then again once you become completely natural and thats ok. Just make sure that you listen to what your hair is telling you.

If your hair is getting to hard to comb through then you may need to add more sections, if your hair feels dry despite all your efforts then you need to up your moisture, if your hair feels limp then you need to up your protein, etc. As far as hairstyles that is all up to your comfort, hair styling abilities,time,etc. If your a no fuss kinda girl then maybe you wanna braid/weave it up for a little while but make sure you can moisturize your hair underneath each day & when you take your hair down you wash & deep condition/trim before you braid/weave it back up. If your more into experimenting w/styles then you can try flexi rods/ bantu knots, braid/twist outs,etc. Anything really that can help you blend the natural/relaxed textures. Know that no ones hair comes out perfect at first and it will take many tries to get that transitioning style you want just the way you want but it will all be worth it in the end.

One last note on products is that for me personally I try to make one product work for several things. Again I like simple and cheap. I use my co-washing conditioner also as my deep conditioner on the weeks that I do a protein treatment by adding coconut oil to it, combing through my hair, adding a plastic cap and sitting under the dryer. I also use the same conditioner weekly and add grapeseed oil to it after I wash to detangle my hair. So for the price of $2.35 I get a 32oz conditioner that I use 3 different ways. Again I can not guarantee that this will work for you all however this is just a simple tip of how to make your money stretch and use a product many different ways and still have fab hair!

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)


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Last edited by JaylensMami10; 11-10-2011 at 06:18 PM.
You ladies are brave! On top of that, you must be creative and talented also. I've come to realize that a long transition will not be for me. I'm afraid of the change from the length I'm used to, but this transition is becoming too much for me with the two textures. In order for me to learn my hair, I'm going to have to start from scratch. With all the changes coming up in my life next year, I may as well start my new beginning off with a haircut. Good luck to you all.
You ladies are brave! On top of that, you must be creative and talented also. I've come to realize that a long transition will not be for me. I'm afraid of the change from the length I'm used to, but this transition is becoming too much for me with the two textures. In order for me to learn my hair, I'm going to have to start from scratch. With all the changes coming up in my life next year, I may as well start my new beginning off with a haircut. Good luck to you all.
Originally Posted by BlessedBmyRoots
Long transition or BC making the decision to embrace your natural hair is a brave decision in and of itself! So congrats on that and good luck w/ur BC!
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 night I washed my hair. The longest parts of my natural hair now touch my shoulders....it's so pretty. They these beautiful, soft, full whurls. The thought of chopping passed through my mind...for like a minute. I figured I don't let my hair down anyways. I'll keep growing and trimming regularly. But OMGee! I can't wait until I'm fully natural.
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Last night I washed my hair. The longest parts of my natural hair now touch my shoulders....it's so pretty. They these beautiful, soft, full whurls. The thought of chopping passed through my mind...for like a minute. I figured I don't let my hair down anyways. I'll keep growing and trimming regularly. But OMGee! I can't wait until I'm fully natural.
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
I have these EXACT same thoughts every time I wash my hair. I'm like I wear my hair in protective styles 100% of the time anyway so its not like the length is really gonna matter if I cut because I have no intention of really wearing my hair out until it reaches the length I want anyway but then I'm like well for those very FEW times that I do straighten my hair I still want that additional length that my relaxed ends provide so I'm not cutting. Lol. I do feel your pain though!
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(Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


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So recently I have noticed that my hair has been really dry. I only have this issue on the weekends(this is when I wear my hair out). I usually where my hair in twists/braids during the week since I work from home but by Friday, I am dying to take my hair down and rock a big and beautiful twist out/braid out. But these past two weeks, my hair has been on the dry side. I don't really know what's causing it weather, technique, or if my current moisturizer just isn't working for me anymore. So for now I think I'm gonna rock some cornrows for a couple weeks, then wash and repeat until I can find another moisturizer to try. Maybe I should implement co-washing in-between wash days??
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So recently I have noticed that my hair has been really dry. I only have this issue on the weekends(this is when I wear my hair out). I usually where my hair in twists/braids during the week since I work from home but by Friday, I am dying to take my hair down and rock a big and beautiful twist out/braid out. But these past two weeks, my hair has been on the dry side. I don't really know what's causing it weather, technique, or if my current moisturizer just isn't working for me anymore. So for now I think I'm gonna rock some cornrows for a couple weeks, then wash and repeat until I can find another moisturizer to try. Maybe I should implement co-washing in-between wash days??
Originally Posted by Dark-n-Curly89
I couldn't really advise unless I knew more about your routine. How often are you 'moisturizing' and more importantly WHAT are you using to moisturize with? Also how often do you do deep conditioning treatments and how are maintaining your hair at night (silk scarf,etc.)?
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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Greetings All,
I'm new to the threads & blogs but have been transitioning for almost 12 months.
Last relaxer was Dec 2010, I had a terrible coloring experience in March of this year, & decided to leave my hair be 4 a while. That while turned into me wanting to go au natuRAL
I have entered a couple challenges for 2012.
1) Wear protective styles all year { I plan on toggling between tree braids & cornrows}
2) No trims or cuts all year {I'm nervous about this one. I have cornrows in now braided up into a bun & I throw a phony pony over my bun. When I take these down next month, I plan to get at least an inch of my relaxed ends cut off. This will be my last cut before starting the challenges}
I'm currently BSL & am comfortable at this length which is why I'll be transitions 4 as long as I possibly can :-)





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Greetings All,
I'm new to the threads & blogs but have been transitioning for almost 12 months.
Last relaxer was Dec 2010, I had a terrible coloring experience in March of this year, & decided to leave my hair be 4 a while. That while turned into me wanting to go au natuRAL
I have entered a couple challenges for 2012.
1) Wear protective styles all year { I plan on toggling between tree braids & cornrows}
2) No trims or cuts all year {I'm nervous about this one. I have cornrows in now braided up into a bun & I throw a phony pony over my bun. When I take these down next month, I plan to get at least an inch of my relaxed ends cut off. This will be my last cut before starting the challenges}
I'm currently BSL & am comfortable at this length which is why I'll be transitions 4 as long as I possibly can :-)





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Originally Posted by mrs_chon
Congrats on transitioning thus far and good luck on all of your personal challenges. I can say that it is very possible to go a yr wearing only protective styles. I have been transitioning for almost a yr and a half doing just that and hope to be able to go another yr and a half doing the same thing.

The only thing I would advise you against is having a strict plan. It's great to have a reggie and to be religious about following through on your routine but to say I'm gonna go an entire yr and never trim or dust? I'm not saying its not possible but I'm just saying be flexible in your journey. You may encounter a time when dusting may be what makes a difference in you keeping that bsl hair or you eventually having to chop it off to shoulder length bc you got splits you refused to get control over before they got out of control.

I know I faithfully deep condition, wash and style each week as well as moisturize my hair no less than once a day. In that sense I am religious about my reggie. However in the past yr and a half I have had to change how many sections I use to wash/detangle/style my hair, what combs/brushes I use, as well as how often I dust my ends based upon how my hair is responding at the moment. So while there are certain things you need to be faithful about when it comes to your hair there are others that change dependent upon the health of your hair at that current time.

HTH and good luck on your goals!
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(Transitioned for 16 & 1/2 months)


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Last edited by JaylensMami10; 11-25-2011 at 07:11 PM.
Im no longer transitioning! I did my big chop Nov.19th after transitioning 4 only 9 months! Good luck ladies!! Wishing you all the best!! :-)




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Originally Posted by aa9072
Congrats on your BC! Your hair looks beautiful and most importantly healthy. Just bc you BC'd that doesn't mean you should stop checking in tho. I'm sure there are plenty of ladies who are/will be considering bc'ing and will need advice about how you did it and how you are currently doing since completing your transition.
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I am getting fed up with my hair! I don't want to relax it for anything in the world, but at the same time I'm gettingg discouraged D':
I am getting fed up with my hair! I don't want to relax it for anything in the world, but at the same time I'm gettingg discouraged D':
Originally Posted by y0shi
I don't know what exactly your frustrated with but you can always put your hair 'away' for a while until you have the patience to deal with it again. Try braids, corn rows, wigs, weaves, buns, etc. Hopefully by the time you take the style down you will be ready to deal w/your hair again but if not choose another style and put it right back in 'hiding' until your ready to deal with it.
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







Its just that, my family is hispanic so we don't usually get braids or weaves, and I want to but I know my mom won't let me lol I can only straighten it because my relaxed hair just looks too dry. I don't think its ruined my curl pattern at all, but I'm scared it will at one point o:
Its just that, my family is hispanic so we don't usually get braids or weaves, and I want to but I know my mom won't let me lol I can only straighten it because my relaxed hair just looks too dry. I don't think its ruined my curl pattern at all, but I'm scared it will at one point o:
Originally Posted by y0shi
Ita. If you keep putting heat on your hair you greatly increase the chances of you ruining the new growth you have coming in so I would lay off of the heat. Have you sat down and talked with your mother/family about why you are growing your hair out and why it is important to you? It is not a guarantee that she/they will agree but they may be more understanding of what you are trying to do (or are asking for assistance with especially when it comes to $) if they have a better understanding of where you are coming from.

If you have parents like I do who work more from facts and visuals then do your research first. Pull up some youtube vids and bookmark them or research some topics that are important to you and show them to your family so they have a better understanding of where you are coming from and you have some 'evidence' to back you up. If all else fails you can always put your hair in a bun which does not require it to be straight until you find other styles that you are comfortable doing. Again youtube and the internet are great resources for finding transitioning hairstyles.

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'll try, thanks hun
Originally Posted by y0shi
No problem. Also I noticed you said that your hair was dry. Are you moisturizing your hair on a regular basis and incorporating deep conditioning treatments into your regimen?
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







Yess I am, I deep condition once a week. My hair gets oilu quick though /: My relaxed ends look really dry when I let it air dry

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