The "Super Long Transitioners" Thread!

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Hey everyone,

I had my last relaxer in May 2010. Since then, I've been keeping my hair in long term protective styles- first a weave, then in various types of braids. I've been slowly trimming off the relaxed ends & I plan on getting a Deva style cut in a few weeks.

I'm a little nervous to actually style my hair- I usually only have it out for a week at a time every two months or do.

But every time I take it out I remember how much I love my natural hair texture, so I'm really excited to complete my transition!
It's wash day! Just showing my 18 month post relaxer fro & relaxed ends. Popped in some curlformers and cut hair that was sticking out.



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I am still transitioning! Lol, thank goodness for learned patience! Because I could have have up a loooong time ago.

I was going to BC/MC after 3 years, but I am ready to do it now!!!!!

Should I BC on wet or dry hair? My stylist says dry. I say wet. We don't agree so I may have to do it myself, which sounds crazy!!!! I'm no stylist!!! :-/
Forgot to mention, I'm 20 months post relaxer
I say BC on wet hair.

Anyway im 29 mnths post relaxer, I have no relaxer left in my hair, but I just thought I might post how many months its been.

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I am still transitioning! Lol, thank goodness for learned patience! Because I could have have up a loooong time ago.

I was going to BC/MC after 3 years, but I am ready to do it now!!!!!

Should I BC on wet or dry hair? My stylist says dry. I say wet. We don't agree so I may have to do it myself, which sounds crazy!!!! I'm no stylist!!! :-/
Originally Posted by CurlyFocused
BC'ing yourself isn't so crazy. A lot of people have done it (me included) lol with success. It is a little nerve racking but you can watch a lot of youtube videos for tips/advice.

I chopped back in December on wet hair during my detangling process in very small sections. It took a longggg time and although I did go back the next week and have to clean up a few remaining pieces, it was easier to do it on wet, sectioned hair because I could clearly see the difference between the relaxed and natural hair that way.

The thing you need to be mindful of is that you will more than likely have multiple textures in your hair and that your hair will not completely curl up right away. So don't keep on chopping just because you think that area is not curling up. You may just not have curls in that area or it may just be a looser curl pattern in that area vs another.Just be patient and go slowly so that you can clearly see what you are doing. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. I'm not an expert by far but I don't mind sharing my experiences.

HTH
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@Butterfly, honey that is what in nervous about! My textures are interesting lol. I have curls in the back. The front is damn near straight. The sides are ???? And the top is so dang on thick with something that looks like curls...I think? I'm nervous to cut my natural hair. Soooooo nervous.

But it must be done!!!
Hi guys! I'm Henny & I am 12 months post relaxer! I plan on transitioning for another year or two. I still have about 3 or 4 inches of relaxed hair in the middle and sides. I usually just do tnc's. I'm definitely a product junkie!!

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Finally 21 months deep into this journey! Scurred to chop off these relaxed ends, lol! Oh well, I'm so proud of me
My last perm was in October 2011, and my mom convinced me in December to get a sew in so that I can just let my hair grow without me manipulating it. BAD IDEA. I kept the tracks in for about 4 months (mind you, this was my first time getting a sew in ever) and when I finally took them out (myself) it was a disaster I've never experienced. Pretty much, the part of my hair, where the relaxed starts, started to knot up to the point where I lost about a baseball size of hair. My new growth was still in tact but the relaxed part was completely destroyed. I'm so used to having this thick relaxed ponytail and now it's half its side. Good thing my new growth wasn't effected PHEW! Ever since that experience I vowed to never do anything like that again. I'm embracing my natural hair and plan on chopping off the relaxed part on my birthday in July. I'm having so much fun with this transition (and this is my second attempt --- I gave in to a relaxer 11 months after this first attempt smh). I look forward to doing my hair all the time now ... especially washing it and styling the little bit of curly new growth that I have thus far.

With all of the hours and days of research and shopping for the right products, I am happy to say that I can't wait to reveal my new look this summer.
Finally 21 months deep into this journey! Scurred to chop off these relaxed ends, lol! Oh well, I'm so proud of me
Originally Posted by CurlyFocused
I'm scared too!!! Lol! I'm 19.5 months post and I want to chop, but I'm scared if I chop it'll morph into something totally different that what I know how to handle. SMH
Hey transitioners! Reading this thread reminded me of my journey, several years ago. I think it took 2 or 3 years for me to get rid of my relaxed ends. I can relate to being afraid to cut off the relaxed ends, but you really should go ahead and chop them off. You have enough new growth to know how to handle your natural texture.

I wish I had documented my transition journey, smh...ManeStay - A loc journey documentary

Last edited by SplendidTresses; 04-25-2012 at 01:08 PM. Reason: typo
I thought I was going to BC Friday night... I cut all the relaxed ends off in the nape area. The shrinkage terrified me and I quit. SMH.

Washed my hair Saturday morning and put it in twists w/ perm rods on the relaxed ends. I have no idea if it will blend or look absolutely crazy. lol! I kinda don't wanna look, but I have to eventually. Sigh

Anyway I'll be at 20 months post on Thursday...
I am finally done transitioning It took me 22 months! And it was a looooooong transition and I am still learning my hair and still frustrated with it at times, but I just love being natural!
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I am finally done transitioning It took me 22 months! And it was a looooooong transition and I am still learning my hair and still frustrated with it at times, but I just love being natural!
Originally Posted by CurlyFocused
Congrats! Must feel great. I'm still 17 months in. Can't wait until I'm done.
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New long term transitioner here! I am currently only one month post relaxer and I plan on BCing when I am a year post mid-April 2013. I thought about transitioning for longer, but I don't think stretching for longer than a year is for me. Going to need all the advice I can get.
*BIG CHOP: September 22, 2012*
*Last Relaxer: April 15, 2012*




Last edited by *Muffin*; 05-21-2012 at 07:07 AM.
Ok.. so i decided to do the long term transition. I had my last relaxer 12/20/2011 so I'm 5 months post relaxer. I wanted to transition for about 1 year, my hair length with relaxer is about bra strap length, and I'm getting so frustrated right now with my hair. I mean a lot of shedding, when it's dry and trying to comb through it. It's more manageable when it's wet and conditioned but the minutes it get dry it all tangles again. sometimes I really feel like chopping it all off , and I really don't know if I can hold up for 12-18 months.


I have watched a lot of tutorials on youtube and I wear my hair mostly in buns or twist with sponge rollers for some curls. Sometimes i feel so challenged with my hair that I don't even comb it for days and obviously the tangles gets worse...im just tired y'all.

How have you guys maintained your long transition? how did you wear your hair mostly ? what is your nightly routine before bedtime?

would love to hear from you!

Your curly girl lady!
Started nov 2011 give me the strength to keep on transitioning is harder than permed hair but im loving my natural texture even though not finished. Any pointers

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My last perm was February 2011. Was a little scared at first to transition, but I stopped thinking about it so much and just did it. No regrets yet!!! I've had Senegalese twists, the BC (October 2011), an afro, and now marley twists. My hair has been growing like crazy and more importantly, it's healthy. I will NEVER go back to perms. Should've done this a lot sooner

Hair type: 4b/4c
Last perm: February 2011
Big Chop: October 2011
Reason for Transition: 1. perm chemicals are my hair's arch nemesis 2. desire to restore health and growth
I don't consider myself a "super" long transitioned but I am long time. I transitioned for a little over 2 years and cut off my relaxed ends actually on June 1st I believe, so now I'm all natural YAY! I did my own "BC" not really BC because I had a very small amount of relaxed ends left. My hair is armpit length. It was easy, except for my bangs. But yea hello fellow long time transitioners!

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