Want to try transitioning. Here Goes.....

Ok y'all. I know I'm going to go nuts trying to not apply any chemicals to my hair, but I'm gonna go for it! I'm starting a new diet, and I figure....what the heck. Let me try transitioning as well. The good news is, hopefully it won't be as hard as I think. My natural texture seems to blend in well with my texturized hair. You can DEFINATLEY tell a difference, but it's not that drastic. So I'm gonna give it a go! Any advice for someone who is just starting out? No BC for me, I'll have to do it s..l..o..w..l..y.....maybe an inch a month or something. Anyway, does anyone have any tips on ways to make your hair grow faster??

Thanks!
Christina
3b/c texturized hair.
No tips on making your hair grow faster, I just wanted to tell you congrats on your decision to transition! I did it for 4 months but was way too impatient to continue. I used to wear a twa in college so going short was no big deal for me. Just remember that there's no right or wrong way to transition. You have to do what's best for you and your hair. Just keep it moisturized and you should be just fine! Good Luck! We're here if you need some moral support!
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Hey There! Congrats on your decision to transition.

As far as faster growth, I'm not so sure on a certain thing that can make it do that. But, taking a women's daily vitamin can strengthen your hair and consequently, prevent breakage...then it will seem like it's growing faster when really it just isn't breaking as much. Once you get the relaxed ends off, you'll really see what I mean. My hair has always grown fast but I always trimmed every six weeks when my hair was relaxed. I BCed 7 months ago and I've only had/needed ONE trim. My hair has gained so much length b/c I haven't had to deal with breakage.

Also, I did a slow transition. It was easier for me because I was able to keep my length. I just wan't bold enuogh to cut it all off and start from scratch.

Don't let anyone discourage you from transitioning. I had many negative people around me but...I didn't let them or their comments deter me from my goal. :-D
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Hi! I don't have any advice on how to make your hair grow faster, but as a fellow transitioner, this is what I would say. In the beginning for me, the textures were not much different and I could pull it off for the most part (see my pics) BUT, now that I am almost 9 months into into it, the permed ends are killing me! LOL I couldn't bring myself to do an extreme big chop but yesterday I got a cut from almost shoulder length to almost at my cheeks. I think almost all the relaxed ends are gone, but I won't know 'til I wash my hair again. Anyway, I just wanted to prepare you for this. I've seen many others were able to tansition with bun styles, twists etc but I just wasn't able to do it for too long plus I am anxious to be all natural. Good luck on your journey. It will be an awesome experience and a good decision.
Hair Type: 3C Natural, 3B Relaxed. I'm transitioning!

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Thanks to everyone for your encouragement & support! I am deffinately going to be transitioning. I found out that I'm pregnant! So you know that means no chemicals for at least the 9 months. SO really I have no choice now! And, those pre-natial vitamins make your hair grow nicely too....at least they did with my son. I'm going to do a slow transition also. I think I would pass out if I did a BC. lol
I will try & take some pics of my new-growth the next time I wash my hair & post them. I think I've got about an inch & 1/2 so far. Not much, but it's a start.

Christina
3b/c texturized hair.
Congratulations! Here's wishing you a fast transition, and healthy, morning sickness-FREE pregnancy!
Hair Type: 3C Natural, 3B Relaxed. I'm transitioning!

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Congrats on your decision!

I used to relax my hair & stopped 2 years ago, and let me tell you it is the best, best thing I could have ever done for my hair! I never knew I had such beautiful curls b/c I relaxed basically my whole life. The best thing I can tell you is to be PATIENT! I had to be very, very patient because that first couple of inches of growth was the most difficult for me. I hated seeing about three inches of curly hair and then the rest straight. That is when I was the most tempted to relax again. But I was patient & the pay off has been amazing. I'm finally relaxer free and my hair has NEVER been in better condition, healthier or more beautiful. My hair never got below shoulder length when I used to relax b/c the chemicals caused a lot of brekage and I would end up trimming every 4 weeks. Now my ends never break off, I don't get split ends and I can go 6 months without trimming my hair. It is below bra strap length and keeps growing and getting healthier.

I never did a big chop, ever! I just used to pull my hair back to make the difference in textures less noticiable. I also deep conditioned a lot, ate a lot of proteins and took extra care of my hair. The front of my hair broke off a little recently from too-tight ponytails so I started taking HF 37 vitamins and it has made my hair grow tremendously fast (more than an inch per month). I wouldn't recommend taking those if you're pregnant b/c I don't know if it would be safe. But I've heard from a lot of people (& witnessed) that pre-natal vitamins are great for hair growth.

You'll see such a difference once you stop putting chemicals in your hair...it's amazing. i wish I would have done it years ago and I encourage anyone to do it.

Don't let people discourage you either, just stick it out and you'll reap the rewards. I was lucky to have a great hairstylist who REFUSED to put chemicals in my hair whenever I would get impatient and ask her to just relax it. She always told me that my curls were beautiful and I shouldn't ruin the progress I've made. She was a big help for me.

Good luck!!
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Just thought I would give a little update. So far so good. The transitioning is going well. I have about 2 inches of new-growth now, and it looks ugly as HECK next to the straight pieces. lol. But, it's cool. I know it will be worth it in the long run. I've been battling severe Morning Sickness, so I haven't been keeping up with my weekly Deep Treatments, which I KNOW is bad. I am going to go to Sally's this week end & get some goodies so I can pamper my hair some. Maybe do an over-night treatment of some sort. Any recs??

Anyway, just wanted to let y'all know I haven't given up yet! It's hard....I hate the way it looks right now, the 2 textures are so different. But I'm staying strong!

Also, the baby is doing great. I had an ultrasound about 3 weeks ago, saw the heartbeat. We don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet. I'm only 12 weeks, so I will have to wait a little bit longer before I find out. I'm hoping for a little girl with BEAUTIFUL CURLS!!
3b/c texturized hair.
Just thought I would give a little update. So far so good. The transitioning is going well. I have about 2 inches of new-growth now, and it looks ugly as HECK next to the straight pieces. lol. But, it's cool. I know it will be worth it in the long run. I've been battling severe Morning Sickness, so I haven't been keeping up with my weekly Deep Treatments, which I KNOW is bad. I am going to go to Sally's this week end & get some goodies so I can pamper my hair some. Maybe do an over-night treatment of some sort. Any recs??

Anyway, just wanted to let y'all know I haven't given up yet! It's hard....I hate the way it looks right now, the 2 textures are so different. But I'm staying strong!

Also, the baby is doing great. I had an ultrasound about 3 weeks ago, saw the heartbeat. We don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet. I'm only 12 weeks, so I will have to wait a little bit longer before I find out. I'm hoping for a little girl with BEAUTIFUL CURLS!!
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Congrats! On hanging in there and that you'll soon find out the sex of your baby. I have one of both so I can tell you from experience that they are both SOOO fun! And I can also tell you that a girl with curls is fun too! LOL (see my FOTKI) I hope you feel better soon. Morning sickness left at 12 weeks with my boy and 16 weeks with my girl so hopefully soon for you. Keep me posted on the ultrasound and take good care of yourself and that hair!
Hair Type: 3C Natural, 3B Relaxed. I'm transitioning!

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Well ladies....I have failed. I absolutely couldn't take it any more! My self esteem was down the toilet, and I HAD to texturize. I guess chemicals are my destiny. Don't worry, I was safe. I checked with my Dr. He said it was ok as long as I use a Kids perm, Mild, and do not apply directly to the scalp, only the hair. I was extremely careful, and only left it in for less than 10 minutes.

I'm dissappointed that I couldn't stick it out, but I do feel MUCH better about how my hair looks! Perhaps I'll try transitioning again n the future, but for now, it's not for me.

Thanks to all you ladies for your encouraging words.

Christina
3b/c texturized hair.
Hi everyone,

I'm kind of nervous about transitioning. I've always thought about and I have friends who've done it, so I know it's growing to be difficult at first. I'm reading everyone else's response about taking vitamins, deep conditioning, moisturizing, eating right, lots of water, and exercising. Anything else? Is there anything specific about the vitamins and the deep conditioner I should look for? Thanks for any help ya'll can give me!

Alero

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