The "Super Long Transitioners" Thread!

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Jaylensmami, how long does it take for you to dry your hair in a bun? I've tried wet buns but I fear them because I feel like I'm hurting my hair by brushing it while wet (don't know if it is but that's what I feel). Any suggestions on how to do it more effectively? What's your routine for doing the bun?
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
I just sort of make it part of my routine on wash day. Once I'm done w/my final rinse I then go and part my hair in 4 sections again, apply water and my whipped shea butter to each section, detangle and then put it into a ponytail close to the center of my head. From there I will either tuck all 4 ponytails under and towards the center to make a bun or else I will pull all 4 pontytails through my bun maker and wrap them around it, tuck in the ends and secure w/another ponytail holder on the top.

Then each day I have the bun in I just spritz w/my distilled water & grapeseed oil to moisturize. I too was concerned about the whole wet bunning thing but it has never been an issue (knock on wood). However think about it this way...you should only comb/detangle your hair when its wet w/conditioner anyway so why can't you do the same w/water & whatever leave in you choose?
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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Thanks for the tips!
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I keep mine in bc I don't feel like going through the drama of trying to figure out how to style my hair & it not turning out right or more importantly since I'm long term transitioning, I prefer just to throw on a quick weave (which will turn out the same way each time) & go & my hair is still protected underneath in the bantu knots.
Originally Posted by JaylensMami10
Yeah, that works! I was never into weaves and wigs and stuff though, so I just have to make do. Hopefully it'll be all grown out sooner than later.
Originally Posted by NaturallyRece
Girl I was never into them either until I had to be due to hair breakage from the perms. However once I tried it & found one I loved I've been rocking it ever since. I actually have been purchasing the same style for the past 2 & a half yrs! It is a little weird at first but you will get used to it...I say just go to the BSS & try a few different ones on just to see. If you really don't like it you can leave w/out it.

I really like this thread. I am transitioning for the 3rd time this year. I'm trying to stay faithful to growing out my relaxer. My hair gets very big and curly at the roots after 3-4 months. I find during those painful months braid outs are the only styles I can wear. During the 3-4 month mark my hair is way too thick for a bun. My hair depending on the season gets extremely dry and soaks up product. That's another issue I want to tackle this time around. Any tips or suggestions from anyone that has made it past the 3-4 month mark?
Originally Posted by hippiedoll
Are you dry bunning or wet bunning? My hair is hella thick and dry bunning really doesn't do the job for me. However when I wet bun it works out 1000xs better!
Originally Posted by JaylensMami10
I really don't wet bun because when I sleep with my hair wet I wake up with a headache and a stuffy nose. Now that outside is hot I'll try it in the day time
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Thanks for the tips!
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
No problem! I also just realized that I never answered your question about the drying time. Honestly I don't know Lol. I know thats probably not much help but in this hottt weather I take as much moisture getting into my hair as possible at all times so it really doesn't bother me if its kinda wet.

I also moisturize twice a day so even if my hair is close to getting dry it just gets re-wet when I spritz it again. However I have noticed that when I take my bun down at the end of the week the hair inside is still slightly damp which I think is more due to the fact that I moisturize twice daily then anything.

Don't know if that really helped you or not...



Yeah, that works! I was never into weaves and wigs and stuff though, so I just have to make do. Hopefully it'll be all grown out sooner than later.
Originally Posted by NaturallyRece
Girl I was never into them either until I had to be due to hair breakage from the perms. However once I tried it & found one I loved I've been rocking it ever since. I actually have been purchasing the same style for the past 2 & a half yrs! It is a little weird at first but you will get used to it...I say just go to the BSS & try a few different ones on just to see. If you really don't like it you can leave w/out it.

I really like this thread. I am transitioning for the 3rd time this year. I'm trying to stay faithful to growing out my relaxer. My hair gets very big and curly at the roots after 3-4 months. I find during those painful months braid outs are the only styles I can wear. During the 3-4 month mark my hair is way too thick for a bun. My hair depending on the season gets extremely dry and soaks up product. That's another issue I want to tackle this time around. Any tips or suggestions from anyone that has made it past the 3-4 month mark?
Originally Posted by hippiedoll
Are you dry bunning or wet bunning? My hair is hella thick and dry bunning really doesn't do the job for me. However when I wet bun it works out 1000xs better!
Originally Posted by JaylensMami10
I really don't wet bun because when I sleep with my hair wet I wake up with a headache and a stuffy nose. Now that outside is hot I'll try it in the day time
Originally Posted by hippiedoll
Wow. Ok. See thats why everything doesn't work for everyone but maybe the hot weather would make a difference especially if you were bunning during the colder months and this happened to you.
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







Jaylensmami, how long does it take for you to dry your hair in a bun? I've tried wet buns but I fear them because I feel like I'm hurting my hair by brushing it while wet (don't know if it is but that's what I feel). Any suggestions on how to do it more effectively? What's your routine for doing the bun?
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
If you do the bun loose, it'll dry quicker. I also bun my hair when it's wet.

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This is probably a stupid question to ask but...am I ruining my new curl pattern by brushing my hair straight to do a bun?
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!!!
Im very new to this site and to transitioning. I am so glad to have come across this site. My last perm was Feb 2011. I have no plans on doing the big chop. I do not look cute with really short hair.I will have to cut it all off to be relaxer free. As of write now I am trying to grow it out with a sew in. I think I am going to keep wearing them at least until the end of the summer. I will get a trim every 3 months. I dont feel comfortable trimming alot off yet so right now it just may be the split ends we will see. Even though I am wearing a sew in a work out alot so I have been co washing everyother day. I am also trying the no poo method.
This is probably a stupid question to ask but...am I ruining my new curl pattern by brushing my hair straight to do a bun?
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
Nope! Kinda like when you twist and stretch it, it pops back into place when water hits it.


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Last relaxer: 8.4.10
BC: 9.6.11

when will your favs?

Im very new to this site and to transitioning. I am so glad to have come across this site. My last perm was Feb 2011. I have no plans on doing the big chop. I do not look cute with really short hair.I will have to cut it all off to be relaxer free. As of write now I am trying to grow it out with a sew in. I think I am going to keep wearing them at least until the end of the summer. I will get a trim every 3 months. I dont feel comfortable trimming alot off yet so right now it just may be the split ends we will see. Even though I am wearing a sew in a work out alot so I have been co washing everyother day. I am also trying the no poo method.
Originally Posted by amber109
Idk if you're going straight from one sew in to another, but if you are you may also want to take a break of like a week or two in between just to give your hair a break from the weave before you throw another one in. You also said that you are trimming when you take it out, but you may also want to alternate doing deep conditioning as well as protein treatments during the times that you are au natural as well.
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







Hi ladies..im new to this..i havent relaxed for a few years now..before when I used to relax,my hair used to get sooo brittle and peices of my hair would fall out all the time..ive always had thick strong hair but the last time I had relaxed, was the end for me..my hair was sooo disgusting..overtime my new growth came in and I had 2 deal with sooooo many hair textures at once..but now my hair is almost 100% all natural..i still have a few strands that have like a few inches of relaxed ends but its nothing a trim can't handle..but my problem now is shrinkage..what can I do about it? My shrinkage is soooo bad that its overwhelming..also..the next morning when I wake up, my hair is so dry..like lifeless..but soft at the same time..what can I do about this?..i currently dont do any deep treatments but I am going 2 try the acv rinse..the only thing I use on my hair is pantenes dry 2 moisturized curly hair series conditioner..nothing else seems 2 b better for my hair..but my hair does feel soo healthy now..no breakage..no hair in the comb..nothing!..going natural has been the best decision ive made in my life..now I just need 2 no how 2 tame these curls

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@Adepina12 try banding your hair when it's wet it will help with your shrinkage. Look it up on YouTube blackonyx has a good vid about it
@Adepina12 try banding your hair when it's wet it will help with your shrinkage. Look it up on YouTube blackonyx has a good vid about it
Originally Posted by Shondadini
I agree w/the banding, as well as doing twists, braids, bantu knots...anything that will help keep your hair stretched until its dry. We all know shrinkage is just a part of being natural but you can do things to elongate your hair.

As far as the dryness, I say start DT. You said you don't do it at all and while everything/every reggie doesn't work for everyone it is key to have a good moisture and protein balance and it doesn't see like your hair is getting much of either. DT & PT don't have to be complicated or expensive. I personally DT each week w/coconut oil over night & my hair has shown me much love since doing it.

So I would say to definitely start doing regular DT and in about a month or less you should start seeing results.
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







Thanx ladies

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I transitioned for 23 months and a week before I BC'd, wish this thread was around back then, but it wasn't. Good luck to all you ladies and if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them and be of some help.
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See my original goal was like yours; somewhere close to two years. Now I don't think I'll make it much farther past a year. I'm really beyond tired of my relaxed ends.

We'll see. I'm not sure what I'd do without being able to turn to ponies on bad hair days

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Last relaxer: 8.4.10
BC: 9.6.11

when will your favs?

I've been long transitioning for about one year now, long before I found this site. I have about 3-4 inches of virgin hair, and I don't have any complaints. Four years ago I did a big chop because of vicious split-ends, and when it got so long that I actually had to style it, my stylist put in a light relaxer (not bone straight, but significantly relaxed curls). While I liked it for the first few weeks, I was not pleased in the long run, and am now growing my hair out again. Only now do I have to start using some kind of a style (twist-outs and bantu knots for the most part) to hide the line of demarcation. Having done this before, I know it seems like it is taking forever, but it's completely worth it if the big chop isn't your style.
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I'm the same way, so every style I use HAS to be dry (or at least mostly dry) by the time I go to bed. It also means only doing my styles in the morning or on the weekends. Unfortunately I have too much new growth to be able to put it in a bun anyways before it starts some epic breakage, so that argument is a bit useless for me anyways.

Has anyone tried straw sets? I'm thinking of giving them a try, and wanted to know if there was much distinction between the new and the relaxed hair.
3c/4a Med-High Porosity, Protein Craving

LowPoo: ORS Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather Sulfate Free Shampoo
Cond: Whole Foods 365 Cond - Lavender
Leave In/2nd Day: Cond Mix in Spray Bottle:
1/2 c Cheap Condtioner (VO5 atm)
1/2 c Water
2 tbs Good Conditioner (SheaMoisture Organic Yucca and Baobab Volumizing Conditioner atm)
2 tsp CNPF
1/4 c Aloe Gel
20 drops Essential Oils
3 tbs Avocado Oil
Seal: Avocado Oil
Deep Cond: SheaMoisture Organic Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Hair Masque
I'm the same way, so every style I use HAS to be dry (or at least mostly dry) by the time I go to bed. It also means only doing my styles in the morning or on the weekends. Unfortunately I have too much new growth to be able to put it in a bun anyways before it starts some epic breakage, so that argument is a bit useless for me anyways.

Has anyone tried straw sets? I'm thinking of giving them a try, and wanted to know if there was much distinction between the new and the relaxed hair.
Originally Posted by FluffyZGiggler
I've seen videos of it on YouTube. It seems awesome and because curls are so defined it looks like a great way of blending new growth. It just seems like it takes forever! I would love to try it but don't know if I have the time.
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!!!
I've seen videos of it on YouTube. It seems awesome and because curls are so defined it looks like a great way of blending new growth. It just seems like it takes forever! I would love to try it but don't know if I have the time.
Originally Posted by Rusycurly
I think like most things it just takes a lot of practice. I imagine if you get really good at it, it could only take an hour or so (which is the general consensus on how long it takes at home or at a salon), which I can do at night while watching TV! I will give it a try and see how it goes. I'm not big on pictures, but I might make an exception!
3c/4a Med-High Porosity, Protein Craving

LowPoo: ORS Curls Unleashed Lavish in Lather Sulfate Free Shampoo
Cond: Whole Foods 365 Cond - Lavender
Leave In/2nd Day: Cond Mix in Spray Bottle:
1/2 c Cheap Condtioner (VO5 atm)
1/2 c Water
2 tbs Good Conditioner (SheaMoisture Organic Yucca and Baobab Volumizing Conditioner atm)
2 tsp CNPF
1/4 c Aloe Gel
20 drops Essential Oils
3 tbs Avocado Oil
Seal: Avocado Oil
Deep Cond: SheaMoisture Organic Yucca & Baobab Anti-Breakage Hair Masque
After transitioning for 16.5 months, I finally bit the bullet and cut off the relaxed ends! *gasp* I think I cut off almost half of my hair. Surprisingly, I don't miss the length. I just need hairstyle ideas! No more fancy updo's. I posted pics on my blog.

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