The "Super Long Transitioners" Thread!

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I'm now just a few short days away from 30 weeks, which is (technically, not by month names) 7.5 months! Woot woot! My first milestone is 40 weeks (like a pregnancy :P) and I'm making my way there, yay!

It's been pretty easy thus far, though I admittedly have been a bit lazy as of late, leaving my hair in simple buns and wearing hats pretty often. Washing it tomorrow, so I'll do some sort of cute twist style that should last me a week or so.
Last Relaxer: July 6th, 2012, approx 1:30pm.
12 months/52.2 weeks/365 days transitioning!






"Right now I'm wearing a 'Darn-I-Went-To-Bed-Without-A-Scarf' and later I'm gonna try a 'Salvage-This-And-Try-To-Look-Presentable.'"
I am 3 wks short of 36 months since my last relaxer. I have been looking and looking for a stylist to cut off the tiny bit of straight ends remaining since I clipped and clipped along the way indiscriminately. Now I have a head of uneven hair(but I hide it well-LOL)


If love is truly patient and kind, but our actions or words aren't, then maybe It's self reflection time. -Sent from my iPod touch using CurlTalk-
10 months since my last relaxer, I see a year around the bend! Patiently waiting for...I don't know what! I think I would like to see all the natural hair reach at least my ears maybe. I get the itch to cut when I wash my hair (helloooo curly curls!) so I'm trying to stretch washing. I've cut the perm out of 4 small sections around my head to practice on and to keep me entertained.

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Originally Posted by naturallycreole View Post
I am 3 wks short of 36 months since my last relaxer. I have been looking and looking for a stylist to cut off the tiny bit of straight ends remaining since I clipped and clipped along the way indiscriminately. Now I have a head of uneven hair(but I hide it well-LOL)
36 months?! Yowza...congratulations soldier! My limit is early Dec 2013, puts me at a maximum of 20 months, if I wait that long.
i am currently 10 going on 11 months post. Transitioning has been pretty smooth since i started wearing it straightened. less tangles and my hair looks presentable every day. i cant wait to have a full head of curls again.
4a transitioning
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Hey yall!

I'm 10 months in and I'm starting to have a difficult time handling my hair. I'd probably get a relaxer if I hadn't come so far already.

I've always had long hair, and I'm not interested in short hair at all. The tangles are out of control! I can pass the comb thru, grab a clip, change the channel, do anything really, I go back to it and it's tangled again! So frustrating!

I don't know if the tangling is b/c of the relaxed ends or what. But I don't really see how that can be the case.

I'm brushing BSL straightened, and I plan to cut 3-4 inches as soon as I get the cajones.

Dunno what to do abt it being so difficult to handle tho.
Hey there lady...hang in there...10mths is a long time and I'm sure you're doing fine. I've been transitioning for 7 mths now and I am truly enjoying the journey (knock on wood).

May I recommend that you detangle your hair using some oil like coconut, avocado, etc before wetting it for shampoos or co-washes. You can even mix a bit of oil with your fave conditioner and do a 'pre-poo' treatment to detangle as well. Use wide-toothed combs and be very gentle starting from ends and work your way up to your roots. As for the twist, mine tend to look scraggly too. What I do now is use a perm rod at the ends to address the stringy relaxed ends. Good luck to you and all the best!
Long-term Transitioner

Shampoo: Jane Carter Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo SLS-Free

Co-Wash: Suave Naturals Or Tresemme

Conditioner/DC: Jane Carter Solution Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner

Leave-in:Kinky Curly Knot Today

Oils/Sealants:EVOO/Avocado/Coconut/JBCO mixture; Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey; Carol's Daughter Loc Butter

Looking like 3C/4A up in there...
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Originally Posted by RizosMio View Post
10 months since my last relaxer, I see a year around the bend! Patiently waiting for...I don't know what! I think I would like to see all the natural hair reach at least my ears maybe. I get the itch to cut when I wash my hair (helloooo curly curls!) so I'm trying to stretch washing. I've cut the perm out of 4 small sections around my head to practice on and to keep me entertained.

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Originally Posted by naturallycreole View Post
I am 3 wks short of 36 months since my last relaxer. I have been looking and looking for a stylist to cut off the tiny bit of straight ends remaining since I clipped and clipped along the way indiscriminately. Now I have a head of uneven hair(but I hide it well-LOL)
36 months?! Yowza...congratulations soldier! My limit is early Dec 2013, puts me at a maximum of 20 months, if I wait that long.
Thxs. It flew by. Hope to encourage others. Keep a hair journal, listen to your hair, moisturize, accept YOUR hair, and maintain 3 gallons of patience.


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Today marks only 4 months for me. I plan to transition for at least
18 months. I'm so ready to be 100% natural!

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It's soooo nice to see so many long time transitioners here. I plan on doing it for 36 months as well...It seems like it's going to be forever. Especially since I can't seem to keep my hands out of my hair! lol! I have what i believe to be 3c/4a hair, but I have a question though. Is it possible for hair to be high porosity naturally? I have taken a strand of shedded hair, and cut the relaxed end of it off to drop in my sink of water. It floats to the bottom, but it takes about a minute or two. I'm wondering if this is because I have flat ironed my hair 3 times in the passed 8 months of my transition, and have damanged it, or if I am naturally high porosity....if that's even possible. Also, i have heard that for high porosity hair, you should drench with water, moisturize, and seal. However, when after I shampoo, when i put the moisturizer on my hair, it seems to just sit on top instead of being absorbed, which is contradictory to what high porosity hair is supposed to do (I think). Any feedback is appreciated. thx.



......to clarify, it's the natural hair that I put in the sink full of water, not the relaxed end. lol....thx........




Last edited by Serius; 03-29-2013 at 01:31 PM. Reason: to mark as a question
Hey guys! Last time I was here I was 12 months post. Now I'm 24 months post! I big chopped when I was 15 months which was last June. I used heat for the first time in a year this month. Here's my blowout!

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Originally Posted by Serius View Post
It's soooo nice to see so many long time transitioners here. I plan on doing it for 36 months as well...It seems like it's going to be forever. Especially since I can't seem to keep my hands out of my hair! lol! I have what i believe to be 3c/4a hair, but I have a question though. Is it possible for hair to be high porosity naturally? I have taken a strand of shedded hair, and cut the relaxed end of it off to drop in my sink of water. It floats to the bottom, but it takes about a minute or two. I'm wondering if this is because I have flat ironed my hair 3 times in the passed 8 months of my transition, and have damanged it, or if I am naturally high porosity....if that's even possible. Also, i have heard that for high porosity hair, you should drench with water, moisturize, and seal. However, when after I shampoo, when i put the moisturizer on my hair, it seems to just sit on top instead of being absorbed, which is contradictory to what high porosity hair is supposed to do (I think). Any feedback is appreciated. thx.
Cosmetologists say that no, hair is not naturally porous and that it becomes this way. Did you have any product in your hair when you tested? Make sure the water is just room temperature also.

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Originally Posted by HennyRox05 View Post
Hey guys! Last time I was here I was 12 months post. Now I'm 24 months post! I big chopped when I was 15 months which was last June. I used heat for the first time in a year this month. Here's my blowout!

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Congratulations! Also I giggled a bit at the PJism behind you
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Last edited by RizosMio; 03-31-2013 at 08:15 AM.
Last time I replied to this thread, I was at 22 months of my transition. Now I'm at 27 months ^__^ Last time, when stretched, my hair reached my eyes. Now the front reaches my nose and the sides reach my shoulders. Still not that good of growth, but I'm getting there. April 22 is my scheduled big chop date, but I'm thinking about moving it to the 30th transition month (I love multiples of 5). Not sure yet.
4A/4B FINE/COARSE LOW POROSITY HIGH DENSITY
TRANSITIONED: Since Dec 23, 2010 (I think...)
BC DATE: July 23, 2013 (about 31 months)

7/23/13 :: SL
1/9/14 :: CBL
5/13/14 :: APL


I Shea Moisture, Nubian Heritage, Camille Rose!
Congratulations! Also I giggled a bit at the PJism behind you [/QUOTE]

Girl! My PJism is out if control. That's just the bathroom. U don't wanna see my bedroom! Cthu!


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Zaaylon'sMommy
Hey ladies! I haven't checked in a quite a while but I'm still transitioning. 28 months now!
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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!!!
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Hey ladies! I haven't checked in a quite a while but I'm still transitioning. 28 months now!
OMG! Congratulations!!! I can't WAIT until I can say that! sometimes the thought comes across my mind to just relax my hair, and then I think about the possibilities with sticking it out and being completely natural. If it weren't for wigs on those "I can't do this" days, I probably would have given up by now. lol! Do you have any pics to post of your journey thus far??



I am officially 9 months into my transition today! In only 3 short days, I will reach my first goal of 40 weeks--my Hair Pregnancy will be over :P

Now, I'm pretty sure my goal is to go 2.5 years--so I have like...a few more Hair Pregnancies to go before I cut it. I'm ready though.

Transitioning has been great thus far. I've been doing the curly girl method almost since the beginning, and haven't used any heat since about July as well. I use mostly curlformers, setting my hair and then wearing it curly for 1-3 weeks. First week to 1.5 weeks is great, second week I have to wear a hat with the curled ends showing. If I make it to three weeks, I've usually started wearing it up, or french braided or something--I rarely go for 3 weeks.
Last Relaxer: July 6th, 2012, approx 1:30pm.
12 months/52.2 weeks/365 days transitioning!






"Right now I'm wearing a 'Darn-I-Went-To-Bed-Without-A-Scarf' and later I'm gonna try a 'Salvage-This-And-Try-To-Look-Presentable.'"

Last edited by Oats22; 04-09-2013 at 12:25 PM.
Where can I buy curl formers? I want to try that.
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Where can I buy curl formers? I want to try that.
You can get a set of Curl Formers from curlformers.com or from Sally's stores, however, they're expensive, running about $44-$69 dollars for a pack of 40 (you only really need about 40 to do your head of hair)

I got mine off of ebay for MUCH cheaper. I bought two sets of 18 for....maybe 20 dollars total? I'm not sure. So, I have 36, and generally use about 30 to do my entire head. They're called "Magic Leverag," from china. If you do buy them off ebay, there are a few things you should know:
  • Be careful when selecting the size--sometimes the picture shows one thing, but included is another. Read the descriptions carefully--I recommend getting very long and wide ones, if you have longer hair/are growing your hair
  • One curler color is clockwise, the other is counter clockwise--that is how it's supposed to be, but because I have the bootleg version, it's not so. Some orange go one way, while some go the other. Same with pink. The direction matters in terms of styling preferences, but if you mix them up anyhow, it's not really a big deal
  • The ends of some of my curlers were imperfectly formed, meaning if I put the curler in in a certain way, it was more likely to snag. I figured this out, and now I don't have any snags at all
  • My two sets of 18 came with one wand each--one of my wands won't stay snapped together, while the other is stuck together forever now. W/e, it still works

So, those are some disadvantages to getting the Magic Leverag. For me, a girl with limited funds, it was totally worth it for me to get them, because the curlers work brilliantly despite the few flaws, and they were very cheap. Mine are about 21 inches long when stretched completely, and I guess they'd be comparable to the "Extra long and wide" versions available on Curl Formers. Stretched, my hair reaches about the middle of my chest, and there's still plenty of room left in the curlers for more hair.
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Last Relaxer: July 6th, 2012, approx 1:30pm.
12 months/52.2 weeks/365 days transitioning!






"Right now I'm wearing a 'Darn-I-Went-To-Bed-Without-A-Scarf' and later I'm gonna try a 'Salvage-This-And-Try-To-Look-Presentable.'"

Last edited by Oats22; 04-14-2014 at 09:53 PM.
Anyone still longterm transitioning?

I'm at 50 weeks. Only a couple more weeks to go until I reach my year mark, hooray! I have so much curly hair now, I can hardly call it "new growth" or "roots" anymore. I'm loving it. My curls are different in different areas of my head--the crown has smaller, more spirally curls. In in back, curls are larger, many taking on step/box shapes rather than spirals or springs. There are also other spirals in other areas, of varying sizes. Around the edges, some hair just seems to frizz -_- I'm figuring it will even out eventually, maybe not until after I cut my hair, but so far so good. I'm thrilled with everything, have close to 6 inches of curly hair. Loving it! Just for info's sake, all of my hair (roots+permed ends) is past armpit length, I believe. I never straighten it, just tug it down to see.
Last Relaxer: July 6th, 2012, approx 1:30pm.
12 months/52.2 weeks/365 days transitioning!






"Right now I'm wearing a 'Darn-I-Went-To-Bed-Without-A-Scarf' and later I'm gonna try a 'Salvage-This-And-Try-To-Look-Presentable.'"

Last edited by Oats22; 06-21-2013 at 01:25 AM.

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