READY TO GIVE UP: Transitioning

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Natural hair is beautiful. Like when I see friends with straight hair get perms, it never looks as good as natural curlies! We were made for curly hair, not that a relaxer isn't okay if it's what someone wants, but I love curly hair! If straight hair is prettier then why does everyone try to go curly! lol. I flat ironed my hair once years ago, and I looked AWFUL!!!!
-3a/3b, fine, very thick, normal por., normal elast., long, dye- free (CG since Nov. '11)
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I think kinky twists could be a great idea. It's a protective style which is always great during the cold winter months when the air can dry out your locks. Just be sure that they aren't put in too tightly and be sure to moisturize regularly. There should be TONS of info about maintenance of protective styles like braids or twists on this site.

You can start with these:
What Are Protective Hairstyles?

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...-dry-hair.html

I would agree with britney about trying a sulfate-free shampoo. At the very least, if you're having dandruff problems from your current shampoo/conditioner combo, then you probably need to switch brands. I haven't tried the giovanni tea tree 'poo, but tea tree oil is supposed to be great for dandruff problems so it should be helpful.





I wore Senegalese twist for like 2 mnths, (I did them myself), I liked them, its definitely easy maintenance. If you want to do them yourself try youtube, if not go to any well recommended african shop in your area or natural hair shop. Make sure you inform them that you don't want your hair to be very tight.

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Still loving my curls and kinks!
Products I love:
Ion Dandruff/Seborrheic Dermatitis Tar Shampoo
Suave Shea Butter Conditioner
Biolage Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Biolage Fortify Therapy Shampoo
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil
Keep Pushing! Don't you DARE give up. There are TOO many women who have gone through this,including me. Go to the transitioner support thread and read through.

As far as the shea butter goes. I use raw shea butter that comes in yellow clumps. I buy it from the hair store. In order to make it more usable, I melt it on the stove and then mix it with olive oil. You must mix it for about five minutes minimum, but it will help it become a little smoother.

Good luck!
curlyev likes this.
Thanks for the help guys. I'm getting my twists done (or started) tomorrow so I'll post pics if I can.
Anybody feel like diagnosing my hair type? I think its like a 4a and 4b in back. Should I do it with wet or dry hair? These pics are my hair post wash, with conditioner still in... Just let me know what you think.
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You're probably in the 4 range, but you won't really know until you cut it. The weight of the relaxed hair is going to weigh the natural curl pattern (or lack thereof) down.

As to whether to do your twists on wet or dry hair, I have no clue, as I've never had them, but hopefully someone else can assist. I hope you like them!
You're probably in the 4 range, but you won't really know until you cut it. The weight of the relaxed hair is going to weigh the natural curl pattern (or lack thereof) down.

As to whether to do your twists on wet or dry hair, I have no clue, as I've never had them, but hopefully someone else can assist. I hope you like them!
Originally Posted by Ronnieaj
Yea I think some is 4a and the back is 4b ish. lol the jumping green smiley is too funny though!! lmbo Thanks
As promised, I have pics of my Senegalese twists. I LOOOVEEE THEM! I already want to get them re done for the summer. The plan is to take them out in March, let my hair breath then re do them in May. I feel if it goes well, this can ease my transition...
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curlyev likes this.
Yay! I'm glad you like them. Sometimes the very best thing to do for our hair is to leave it the heck alone. Just be sure to keep up on your deep conditioning in the interim.

And, just cuz you liked it so much, here's ANOTHER green blob for you!
Yay! I'm glad you like them. Sometimes the very best thing to do for our hair is to leave it the heck alone. Just be sure to keep up on your deep conditioning in the interim.

And, just cuz you liked it so much, here's ANOTHER green blob for you!
Originally Posted by Ronnieaj
Love the green blob!!! lol and when you say interim, you mean in between senegalese twists? or while i have them? I am taking any tips on caring for my hair while i have them

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