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Old 08-07-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
 
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I'm so new to this it's not funny. I have been without a perm for about 6 months and I'm wanting to go naturally curly. I've seen some of the pics you ladies posted, and I pray for curls as gorgeous.

My dilemma is: I'm soooo scared and so uninformed, I've been trying to read up on this but I'm very very busy, this site is a godsend.

What is BC?
How long does it take for my curl pattern to show?
What beginners products should I start using?
Any techniques that I should be doing now that I don't know about?

Please, I'm sorry if this has been discussed but I'm so busy I can't go through each thread. If anyone can just tell me what techniques they used, or products, it will be greatly appreciated.

I just did a cut on my hair but I still have a few inches of permed hair left, I wanted to wait to grow out more and then cut the rest, is this ok?

I would love it if you guys could explain this to me like I'm a baby....lol. I'm really interested, ready, and I'm lost which I'm sure is not a good thing....lol.

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Old 08-07-2008, 04:52 PM   #2
 
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I define transitioning as growing out your hair till your content to cut off all your relaxed hair. I was happy waiting for only an inch of growth othrs wait alot longer. BC is the big chop or when you finally cut all your relaxed ends off.

As for products i cant really say because every ones hair is different and yours most likely wont like what my hair does.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:20 PM   #3
 
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I agree-everyone hair is different and responds differently to products. My hair does great with Pantene & Mixed Chicks while others dislike it. Same with the BC, some can't wait to chop, while I intend on growing it out forever before snipping, but I don't mind the different textures. I've been transitioning since April 2008 and have had so much fun experimenting with different products.

This is what I do & what works for me. I got all my tips from this site!

Co-wash: I cowash daily or almost daily (wash with conditioner) with Suave. I use a shampoo once a week. Some products to cowash with include Suave Naturals, Vo5, Trader Joes. I use a leave in conditioner daily, I switch between Mixed Chicks or Giovanni. I went from washing once a week when I had relaxers to washing daily now and my scalp & hair are thankful. I think a clean scalp helps the hair grow!

I have noticed that many women use natural products, such as coconut oil, EVOO, honey, etc. to deep condition, so I gave it a try and love it. The oils can be added to any conditioner to make it a deeper conditioner. You can also try leaving it on overnight, I place a plastic shower cap over it to keep the product on my hair. BTW, EVOO is extra virgin olive oil. I switch between Mixed Chicks deep conditioner and Queen Helen's Cholesterol. If I use a ligher conditioner, I still add EVOO or avocado oil.

Some ladies make their own hair gel with flax seeds. I tried to make it twice and failed! lol I don't use gel often, but if I do, I add some organic aloe vera gel to make the gel less crunchy on my hair and more moisturizing.

I do a scalp massage daily. I purchased some essential oils and carrier oils and create whatever I feel like using that day. Sometimes, I use aloe vera gel to massage, which feels great on a hot summer day.

Finally, I take GNC Ultra Nourishair vitamins! I'm a vegetarian but still had to clean up my diet & eat more greens & fiber. I drink TONS of water (3L to 4L daily), and exercise. Wellness comes from within, and wellness affects hair too!

A combo of everything made my hair GROW so fast the past couple months and it looks so much healthier now!! I can't even imagine putting those chemicals back on my head.

Good luck to you and happy transitioning!!
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:40 PM   #4
 
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Hello, I am in desperate mode right now. Please someone help.
I haven't had a relaxer since 1993-94, I then decided to have one about 2 weeks ago. Big mistake.
I've cut it 2 times, because I can't do anything with it. It won't go curly, and when I blow dry it looks terrible. I don't do a good job with a blow dryer.
Underneath the hair is curly but that it. Those straight ends are horrible.
How do I style it?
I start work on Monday and don't know what to do?
Should I cut it off again?
That's what some are saying.
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Old 08-08-2008, 09:58 AM   #5
 
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Thanks Sandra and Melanie...

I use Suave now. Is there anyway to start my hair curling. A product maybe. I have some Tressemme Curly stuff. I'm so anxious to get started. I don't know if I can wash my hair everyday, just being honest, but I'll try every other day. I will be going to the store today to get some stuff. I'm going to try the products you said, just see if they have a curly line......lol.

Oh and mswj, try to use soe tight curlers on your hair and make it curly maybe the only way you can help it. Other than that, i don't know.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:41 PM   #6
 
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So the shampoo I use needs to be conditioning shampoo?

And I need something extra with my hair now, like the oils, I have some coconut oil and vitamin E oil here. Do I still condition my hair?
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I have the same problem. I've had nine chemical straighten-ings and even then I would have to straighten my hair with an iron at home. After my curly hair grew out a bit it would take me hours to get it straight.
I'm going to college soon and I don't have the time to straighten curly hair so I want to learn how to just wear it naturally.

I guess what I did was the BC? Haha, I went to a salon and just asked them to chop all the straight stuff off. Problem is I just threw myself in the deep end. I have NO idea what I'm doing.

Help?! Please!!!!!!!
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Old 08-09-2008, 04:01 AM   #8
 
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So the shampoo I use needs to be conditioning shampoo?

And I need something extra with my hair now, like the oils, I have some coconut oil and vitamin E oil here. Do I still condition my hair?
You need to do deep conditioning treatments, like sitting under a heat source (hair dryer) with conditioner in your hair for 30 minutes. It's really important (more than ever when your transitioning) to keep you hair moisturized. You can do treatments while you sleep (put in a deep condtioner, baggie, scarf, go to sleep) but you should definitely try to do at least once a week.



You also want to use low manipulation styles (buns, roller sets, twists, braids) because the point where your relaxed hair and natural hair meet (called the line of demarcation) is very fragile and your hair will be prone to break there.

What I've also found is the using my usual style method (roller setting) has helped me alot. When I first decided to go natural I started co-washing my hair every other day, leaving it out to dry. This proved a HUGE mistake for my hair! My hair was ready for this type of manipulation (constant wetting and styling) and started to break off. Once I went back to my usual rollersets and deep conditioning treatments my hair breakage virtually stopped.

I use blended beauty products (which I LOVE!!!) for styling (I use their styling lotion for wet sets and their curl butter for when I slick my hair back for buns). I use MY HONEY CHILD deep conditoners. Their okay, but until I find something better that's what I'm sticking with. I only comb out my hair in the shower with a load of conditoner in it. I don't shampoo my hair unless I'm doing a treatment that calls for it after (carmel treatment, protein treatment).

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So the shampoo I use needs to be conditioning shampoo?

And I need something extra with my hair now, like the oils, I have some coconut oil and vitamin E oil here. Do I still condition my hair?
You need to do deep conditioning treatments, like sitting under a heat source (hair dryer) with conditioner in your hair for 30 minutes. It's really important (more than ever when your transitioning) to keep you hair moisturized. You can do treatments while you sleep (put in a deep condtioner, baggie, scarf, go to sleep) but you should definitely try to do at least once a week.



You also want to use low manipulation styles (buns, roller sets, twists, braids) because the point where your relaxed hair and natural hair meet (called the line of demarcation) is very fragile and your hair will be prone to break there.

What I've also found is the using my usual style method (roller setting) has helped me alot. When I first decided to go natural I started co-washing my hair every other day, leaving it out to dry. This proved a HUGE mistake for my hair! My hair was ready for this type of manipulation (constant wetting and styling) and started to break off. Once I went back to my usual rollersets and deep conditioning treatments my hair breakage virtually stopped.

I use blended beauty products (which I LOVE!!!) for styling (I use their styling lotion for wet sets and their curl butter for when I slick my hair back for buns). I use MY HONEY CHILD deep conditoners. Their okay, but until I find something better that's what I'm sticking with. I only comb out my hair in the shower with a load of conditoner in it. I don't shampoo my hair unless I'm doing a treatment that calls for it after (carmel treatment, protein treatment).

Good luck!
Hey nickfish...you just gave me so much insight on what I'm doing wrong. THANK YOU. I can't afford a sit under dryer yet, but I never thought of bagging it up and sleeping on it... that natural heat from my head should do the trick over night....
But do you think I could get the same results if I bag for several hours during the day (maybe after work from 4 til 8 if I don't have a sit under dryer?

Also, is the blended beauty products good for transitioning hair? is it called "blended beauty" for that reason, or just a coincidence?
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Hey nickfish...you just gave me so much insight on what I'm doing wrong. THANK YOU. I can't afford a sit under dryer yet, but I never thought of bagging it up and sleeping on it... that natural heat from my head should do the trick over night....
But do you think I could get the same results if I bag for several hours during the day (maybe after work from 4 til 8 if I don't have a sit under dryer?

Also, is the blended beauty products good for transitioning hair? is it called "blended beauty" for that reason, or just a coincidence? [/quote]


Doing the baggie method overnight is fine. When I didn't feel like sitting under the dryer and wanted to add heat, I would either put a winter hat on my head and leave the condish in for a couple of hours (looked real funny, but got the job done) or I would put a plastic cap on, put a hot wash cloth on top, put another plastic cap then a winter hat (that way you get the benefit of heat without a dryer). This way of adding heat is a little annoying because you have to keep heating the cloth, but if you have a microwave it should be fine. I don't and have to keep running it under hot tap water (annoying)!

I really do love blended beauty. The name refers to interacial hair, but it works fine for me as well. I have also found that leaving conditoner in my hair works wonders! I will co-wash, deep conditon and rise, add more condish like I'm going to co-wash again, squeeze out the excess and let my hair air dry. I will then seal with olive oil or some type of butter (ex.shea). I learned about it on this website:

http://www.long-healthy-hair-advisor...ral-curls.html

I only use this technique when I'm putting my hair in a bun later, but it works wonders for adding moisture.

Oh yeah, back to the blended beauty, lol. It's not a miracle product, that's for sure. But I do love the scent and it moisturizes really well. It's a little expensive so I don't know if it will be a staple product of mine, but I'll definitely buy it again.
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:10 PM   #11
 
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Nick thank you so much.....i'm going to probably buy my first set of items to do my hair with today. I am currently washing my hair about once a week and pulling it into a tight ponytail to dry, nothing else. Sometimes I blow dry it but most of the time I just let it dry.

I think I'm going to try the olive oil and deep conditioning for a couple hours. See how that works. I'm definitely a 4a, they are little tiny curly curls so I'll be looking for those products.
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Hi there,
I've been growing out my hair for about a year now. I've found the key is moisture and preventing dryness at all costs. I usually "wash" my hair with a conditioning creme like Wen and then apply a light hair oil. I've tried a great new one from DIVINEVA at www.divineva.net called scalp support which uses essential oils and has really made my hair grow. I try not to use shampoos much because it can strip the natural oil away. At this point, you can twist it or leave it natural.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:25 PM   #13
 
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I will have to try that on my next two months....lol. I'm so excited because I have been co-washing about a week now and already my hair is more softer and there is less damage and breakage when I comb it in shower. There is still some but...much less.

I just ordered a hot roller set so I will see if that works.
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:48 PM   #14
 
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So it's been over 2 months but I'm doing good, I'm still having trouble with keeping moisturized.

In January I'm getting the rest of my perm cut off so I'll be fully natural. My hair has grown so much and I flat ironed it straight last week, I was like "wow".

I can definitely see my curls in the back where there is no perm, they just show right up when I co-wash...they are pretty. I am ordering a dryer today and for christmas I am treating myself to some Knot Today and Blended Beauty Butter Creme I think its called. Just a couple more weeks until the perm is officially gone.

I did change my routine a bit:

I co-wash once a week
Fructise leave in conditioner(love it)
every two weeks I deep condition with either a cholesterol or Silk Elements Masque treatment
I have Hot 6 oil for my hair which I use a drop of only.
Miss Jessie's ButterCream once in a while(I know I'm not supposed to use it on permed hair)
Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding once in a while(I know, not supposed to use this yet eiter but I wanted to try it and it's great, My curls show up even more, and with less frizz.)

My leave in, oil, and co-wash is my standard though, the other stuff is just when I want to see what I can do with it.

I can't wait to have a soft curly bush. My hair now, its kind of a frizzy bush but it goes almost straight up and the back is pretty short and the front is long with the perm but the natural part is pretty short but I don't care because I'm cutting the perm off, I can't wait. I hate that part because it doesn't curl at all.

I can't wait to get the Knot Today, I keep reading its a godsend, and I hope so. A lot of people are raving about the Blended Beauty so I'm giving that a shot also. I can't wait until I have a perfect system to have my curls gorgeous.


I'm almost at the end guys, I'm soooo excited.
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