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gymluv 12-30-2012 09:42 PM

How long did it take you to transition?
Hi everyone :)
I just started transitioning. I'm about one month post relaxer. I was just wandering how long did it take you to transition.

atx_eve 12-31-2012 11:13 AM

Hi gymluv :) The awesome thing about transitioning is that it can last as long as you want it to!

Personally, I transitioned for about a year. But there really isn't a suggested or "right" amount of time. You thinking of being a long-term transitioner like I was?

adthomas 12-31-2012 04:14 PM

it is up to the individual but sometimes massive breakage and matting pushes people to stop transitioning sooner than planned. Also people like myself don't have the desire or patience for a long transition. After 4 months I had had it. When I was done I was done and I wanted the relaxed hair gone. For me an early bc was the best decision. I would rather learn to take care of my natural hair than my transitioning hair which can be a whole dif animal. I can't even give much transitioning advice because I barely had one. each person has to find what works best for them.

Rusycurly 12-31-2012 04:40 PM

Like others said it's up to you and how you can handle it. I'm still transitioning (2 years this month) and I think I'm gonna keep going for a while longer. It gets annoying and from time to time I get the urge to chop but the truth is that I love the length of my hair (almost waist) and I'm not ready to lose it. I've just been slowly trimming for the past 2 years and will probably continue doing so until I get rid of all the relaxer. Good luck!

SCarrin 01-08-2013 04:59 PM

It depends on the person. Some people cant handle the 2 textures and big chop right away, some people transition for years.
I started my transition back to my natural hair in Feb 2011. At that time my hair was past my shoulders. About 10 months into my transition, I went for a trim and told my stylist to cut a little more than a trim, so I ended up with my hair to my shoulders. After that I just cut off some ends every few months till they were all gone.
Next month will make it 2 years I havenít permed my hair and I couldnít be happier with my hair.

newseason 01-08-2013 06:25 PM

Personally I transitioned for 17 months and just chopped last month. I absolutely love being natural and just couldn't wait anymore. But I am also glad I waited so long. I think I appreciate my hair more. I have been able to learn a lot about being natural during my transition which has been a tremendous help. Also I have never had short hair so I was unsure if I would like it (hubby wasn't feelin short hair either ; )

ornestac 01-08-2013 08:38 PM

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nappilyevaafta 01-11-2013 11:25 AM

This is my 2nd time being natural. The first time I bc'd after 5 months but went back to relaxers after 7 months.(long story)..the second time around my plan was to do a 2yr transition but I chopped my ends off during month 11. I woke
up and looked in the mirror one morning and decided it was time and haven't looked back since!!
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MeeNaturalee 01-13-2013 02:57 AM

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I transitioned for 8months & chopped it. I wanted to learn how to properly take care of my hair at all lengths & surprisingly it was a lot longer than I was expecting. One of the things that made me chop was researching & hearing about people's hair breaking off or not knowing what products to use so reverting back to relaxers. I didn't want to invest all that time & feel defeated or have to chop a lot because of unhealthy hair. 8 months was perfect for me. Attachment 29673

MeeNaturalee 01-13-2013 03:03 AM

Ornestac I've only been natural for 4 months next week & I'm no pro but it looks like you're in the 3's.

Jydal 01-15-2013 04:45 PM

I am working on 14 mths transitioning. I am letting it go longer because i like to have the hair for leverage with certain styles.

rmc2 01-22-2013 07:48 PM

One year or way less if you do a big chop rather than gradually cutting as roots grow.

FreddiB 01-22-2013 08:05 PM

Hello all my beautiful natural ladies! I am new to this site, which I found after searching for inspiration and encouragement after almost giving up on my natural hair. I have been without a relaxer since April 2012. I did not do the big chop I am a transitioner and I was beginning to get really frustrated with my hair. I never knew that my hair was this naturally curly, so it's of a good texture but I'm not happy with the styles I am able to achieve with my hair. It's all very frustrating for me and I am close to giving up, I saw on someone's post where they said you have to transition your mind before you can transition your hair and that is sooooo true! So I guess you can say I am in the process of getting my mind right, so I can be strong and have beautiful, healthy hair!

Sandi 01-26-2013 11:43 AM

I transitioned for 3 years.

Yes, seriously, 3 years. I did my mini-chop right before my freshman year of high school, and though now I have the self-confidence to rock short curly hair, I didn't at the time. (Which I kind of regret... it's really flattering on almost everybody I see it on.)

My hair was really never straight past the first shower when I had a relaxer though---it was always awful at holding the straightness, and it takes waaay to long to straighten my coarse/dense hair. Also, my hair keeps growing new layers, so I got a complete under layer of ringlets after my 2nd year transitioning, that basically made me do half-up, half-down styles alllll the time. :)

I didn't figure out how to manage my hair until after I chopped it off, and my hair actually looked decent. By chance, I had also switched to cone-free condish (GTFN, which is no longer cone-free), and it had worked miracles on my cone-hating hair.

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