Transitioning....Maybe,

First off, I am so blessed to have happened upon this site, I am excited to get to know people that have taken the natural plung. I always wanted to do it but people always think that I have a texturizer because of my dark skin and curly hair and I just would get sick of the comments. Now I am over it and want to just be FREE.....

I used to relax my hair every three-four weeks to take the curl and the wave out. In January I decided to stop it! Now I am confused as to my hair type and what products i need to use.

Right now I co-wash with Ion conditioner and I rinse out and add more conditioner and then I spray on some Palmers Olive Oil hair spray.

Any info will help, I am going on Tuesday to do a BC (maybe..lol) but I cannot even tell the relaxed from the natural. I do know that I have about three in of new growth at a minimum because about 2 months after I stopped perming I colored so I can see the difference.

Here are some hair pics (they are with the Camera phone so please bear with me.)
I think your hair looks amazing. Did you find it difficult to stop relaxing. I'm considering transitioning because I want to go abroad and I'm not sure if they have many salons there that can work with my hair. Did you have a lot of breakage?
I think your hair looks amazing. Did you find it difficult to stop relaxing. I'm considering transitioning because I want to go abroad and I'm not sure if they have many salons there that can work with my hair. Did you have a lot of breakage?
Originally Posted by beliz
I went natural when I moved to France and the lack of quality salons that you mentioned above definitely made the decision a lot easier. I protective-styled for a year, so I didn't have much breakage at all (until I put this horrible shampoo in my hair...Revivogen...stay away from it), though I did have a moment when I used a really poor shampoo and had to cut out a clump of permed hair. There was no turning back at that point.

I wore kinky twists in my hair and large braids (my own) until my relaxer grew out. I kept cutting as well, ever few months, until I finally got down to the natural hair (at the one year point).

I used a lot of homemade products in my hair including glycerine spritzes and shea butter/castor oil/olive oil balms on my hair. I think that combination is what has made me stay breakage-free, thus far.

When I had a relaxer, I stayed away from heat and had just about zero breakage, so if going natural would have entailed a ton of damage and hair breakage, I wouldn't have been able to handle it (seriously). So I've been using the same approach with my natural hair that I did with my relaxed hair (no heat, no breakage). The only difference I'd say is that now, I keep my hair moist.

You'll see your hair break a bit at the line of demarcation, but if you wear protective styles, you might end up like I did and have to finally cut off all of your hair because the perm simply won't go anywhere.

Sponge applying ACV rinses instead of shampoo will probably also stave off breakage by preventing your hair from tangling while wet. That approach worked WONDERS for me.
Last Relaxer: October 2007
Transition Period: 1 Year
Final Big Chop: October 2008
Hair Type: 4A/3B/3A/4B WTH?



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