Transitioners support thread

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Hello All! I am VERY new to transitioning. My last relaxer was on 01/16/2011, which was about 3 going on 4 weeks ago. I am SO very excited to be long term transitioning! Just wondering if anyone has suggestions, comments, etc?<---Things that will help me complete a successful transitioning?
Originally Posted by NaturalPurification
Stick with it. I've only been transitioning for about 5 months. And sometimes it can be hard...but only because hair is hair...it does what it wants some days.

This place && youtube keep me going strong. There are a lot of videos and what not showing you how to do protective styles with low-to-no manipulation. They also show other girls throughout their hair journey and products they use.

Youtube channels: NikkiMae2003 , jerseystylezz , KandeeLovesYa , msvaughn , prettydimples01 , seemyhealthyhair and SOOOOOOOOOO MANY MORE! All these girls on youtube are SUCH an inspiration to me! Some did do the big chop but there are a lot who are long term transitioners!

I have learned a lot about my hair even though I do get frustrated as from the earlier post that I posted. lol but I will never get another relaxer...i'm just anxious for my natural hair to grow. =D I hope this helped.
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Hair Type: 4a, I think
Still working on my hair regimen
Clarifying: Giovanni 50-50
Co-Wash: Tresemme Remoisturize Conditioner
DC: MyHoneyChild Honey Hair Mask
LI: KCKT/Mixed Silk
Moisturizer: Water, now trying Qhemet BRBC
Sealing: Jojoba oil, shea butter or burnt sugar pomade
Styling: EcoStyler
My hair just will NOT do what I want! It was working before but now these past 2 weeks...its like its fighting me!!!

I'm sooo tempted to just BC...but i really want more new growth.

I've been doing bantu knots, twists outs, braids outs, rod sets and all was working UNTIL NOW!! It may have been something knew I've been putting in my hair or I noticed I'll be manipulating it more...I just can't help but touch it and change my hairstyle (even though I have NOT been going anywhere!!)

HELP!!! I'M NOT READY TO BC YET! ANY HAIR SUGGESTIONS??? MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE MY PRODUCTS...[they are listed in my signature].
Originally Posted by Danyele

Caps! You sound like me with the excited/frustrated state of mind.

Sounds like we've been transitioning for the same amount of time, my last relaxer was at the end of August. I'm new too, so I can't offer any advice on what to use, I'm just now formulating a new plan to try for myself...will see how it goes!
Hello All! I am VERY new to transitioning. My last relaxer was on 01/16/2011, which was about 3 going on 4 weeks ago. I am SO very excited to be long term transitioning! Just wondering if anyone has suggestions, comments, etc?<---Things that will help me complete a successful transitioning?
Originally Posted by NaturalPurification
Stick with it. I've only been transitioning for about 5 months. And sometimes it can be hard...but only because hair is hair...it does what it wants some days.

This place && youtube keep me going strong. There are a lot of videos and what not showing you how to do protective styles with low-to-no manipulation. They also show other girls throughout their hair journey and products they use.

Youtube channels: NikkiMae2003 , jerseystylezz , KandeeLovesYa , msvaughn , prettydimples01 , seemyhealthyhair and SOOOOOOOOOO MANY MORE! All these girls on youtube are SUCH an inspiration to me! Some did do the big chop but there are a lot who are long term transitioners!

I have learned a lot about my hair even though I do get frustrated as from the earlier post that I posted. lol but I will never get another relaxer...i'm just anxious for my natural hair to grow. =D I hope this helped.
Originally Posted by Danyele

Thanks for the info! I have been watching youtubes and researching online so I think I am on the right track. I'm pretty confident about this. I don't have much new growth but I do see some up there. I have been moisturizing like crazy and mostly wear braid outs. My hair is a 4a, I think. Its very fine and can break very easily if it's not managed well. I'm just still so excited about the entire process! It's nice to have people that support you and that can relate to you on forums such as this. Thanks again!
Transistioning can be very very difficult. I completely understand. I just hit my 6 month mark and I plan on growing my hair out at least 2 years. I'm not planning on a big chop...just taking the ends off slowly. I've been getting through my just french braiding my own hair into cut styles. Currently, I have in kinky twists and I've had them just over a month. I oil my scalp every day or every other day with Vitamin E oil or Tea Tree oil and spray daily with braid spray. You have to make sure you don't neglect your hair even though it's in braids. As stated before, I KNOW THIS CAN BE HARD, but even though we don't know each other, we are still here to help.
I'm currently 7 months post relaxer (as of yesterday), which is great, but i'm starting to get frustrated with dealing with the two textures. I've done my research on various you tube channels and blogs(newly natural blog, kimmaytube, simplyunique, etc), but i'm about to get the scissors and chop it off. The only thing that is keeping me from doing the big chop out of frustration is that i'm getting braids next week.. but i'm just frustrated at this point in my transition.

My hair is fine, but it's closely packed together, which makes it look thicker than it really is.
I have not had a relaxer in six months, but only decided to officially transition this past week.

The hardest part for me is that I'm going to need to conditioner rinse my hair every day to make sure that I can comb it. My hair is best combed wet unless I put a little oil in it while it's wet and comb it "straight" and put it in a bun.

I'm used to only having to wash/wet my hair a few times a week.
Mostly relaxed, yet still curly hair, which I am going to try to grow out with daily conditioner rinses and a shampoo once or twice a week.

Officially Transitioning since March 2011.
Last Relaxer September 2010

Got some kind of curly bangs going here! And I think my bangs are all natural!

I think that my natural hair is somewhere between a 3b and a 3c, I hope it's not too soon to tell!
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I think this website and forum has helped me over the past month learn to accept, style, and be proud of my curl pattern that's growing in. I'm tired of battling damaged relaxed hair. It was raining today where I live and my roller set blown out hair became frizzy. I had a revelation tonight that I must continue on with transitioning. I've always dreamed about having my natural hair again. I think this forum is a blessing.
Is it weird cuttin off the permed hair to natural? Because i want to start dreads & im scared ima look weird with short hair lol.

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Hi, I would like some advice of products to use for conditioning, shampooing, deep conditioning treatment to use. I dont mind making my own mixtures. Also, I am on a tight budget and I live in Canada.
Is it weird cuttin off the permed hair to natural? Because i want to start dreads & im scared ima look weird with short hair lol.

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Originally Posted by Tiledo

Not at all - I personally did not do it. But a few of my friends did it that way and they were fine. It just depends on your comfort level with your hair.

Last edited by CoLee; 05-31-2011 at 03:39 AM.
June 12th will make me 18 months into my transition.. I will have tyo say that I'm about 80% natural.. I thought about just cutting the rest of my ends off and maybe wearing protective styles.. I have major shrinkage and wanted it to maybe get shoulder length with the shrinkage..
I am currently 2 months post relaxer and I am so anxious. Thai is my second time trying to transition. The first time I went 8 months then gave in to the relaxer. I an going to be a long term transitioner just slowly cutting off the relaxed ends little by little. I have about 2 inches of new growth and I'm learning how to work with it.. I decided I'm gonna keep my regimen simple withcowashing once per week, shampooing one a week an only combing or brushing my hair when it's wet
Hello to all this is my first time transitioning and its definitely been a difficult 3months. I am trying my hardest to stay away from my flat irons and blow drying my hair too often but my edges are driving me nuts!!! lol
Hello all! I'm a new transitioner, and I came looking for you guys (although thread doesn't seem super active ) because I have been wanting to transition for a year, but I'm overthinking it and I need to spend some time around people that are similarly situated. I went for 8 weeks last try and caved for no good reason. I think I may have had somewhere to go.

Anyway - I am COMMITTED to this and so I declare my very last relaxer EVER to be June 2011. I am planning to transition in buns, so it will likely be long, since my hair obviously needs to be long enough to pull back at all times. My hair used to be really long, but I cut it a few years ago. It's about chin length now. I figure no sense in growing it all the way out with a relaxer if my heart's desire is to wear it natural.

So-hi! Hope to see more of us more often in here!
I am transitioning and I am 15 months post texlaxer, my last texlaxer was March 31st, 2010. I am aiming to transitioning short term for 24 months. So will see how it goes, there are days wen I want to BC now and there are days when I want to go longer and wait the 24 months. Nevertheless, I am enjoying my journey to natural hair .
Hello,

I am on product over load. I have just seriously decide to go natural again after a failed attempt two years ago. My last perm was three months ago. I used the mixed chicks product line and not I am using the shea mositure product line. After using it twice I am not happy. My hair is still dry after it drys and IDK what to do. Do I try another product? I also need help on transitioning styles. I would like to try a few style before the summer is over (teacher) I would to find styles that I can do and can last from dancing and sweat (dance teacher) I also want to stay professional at the same time.

I can not tell my hair type but it I go by what my baby pic my natural hair is very thick and dry. My three yr old had very dry hair with tight curls (I used Mizani on his hair) My four month old has fine, curly and dry hair.

I fear that if I do not get help I will surrender to the perm again.
Hi everyone,

I stumbled upon this website about 2 days ago after I made the conscience decision to go natural. I came to this decision after I had been researching ways to treat my hair without damaging it any more than it was already. You see I switched birth control methods about 4 months ago which caused me to have a great deal of hair shedding. It was last week that I discovered that the culprit was my birth control. In the past if I ever experienced any type of breakage I would simply get a hair cut and nurse my hair back to health. However, since I am losing hair from the root a haircut just won't do. Out of fear of losing even MORE hair I decided to just stay away from the relaxers for a while. That was until 2 days ago when I figured that its been two months since my last relaxer (which is out of the norm) so why stop now, why not just go natural? Reading the posts has been really inspirational but I still have quite a few questions:

1. What are some products that help to keep natural hair manageable (soft & moisturized)?
2. How long does the process usually take?
3. How often should I cut my relaxed ends if I'm not doing the BC?
4. Would a weave sew in be a good idea for a transitioning style? (the birth control made the hair around the crown of my head fall out so twists are out of the question)
5. Any suggestions on making this a smooth and successful transition?
I too had my last relaxer in june and made the conscious decision to go natural 2 days ago. It looks like the "newbies" here are on their own! Good luck with everything!
Hi Ladies! My recommendation for transitioning back to your natural hair is to cut the relaxer off. I'll share with you my experience...

For the first time in my life I relaxed my hair in '09 for a corporate position I was hired for. My hair is so curly that even when I'd wash my hair with a relaxer in it, my roots and hair would still curl up- well it would be more of a wavy pattern. I didn't like the fact that I couldn't wash and go anymore because it just didn't look natural on me trying to rock relaxed hair without blowdrying and flat ironing my hair. I tried growing out the relaxer, but with having very curly roots and straight ends on my hair, the two textures didn't mesh well together. I decided to cut 4 inches off of my hair which was all relaxer. My hair is much shorter now, but it's all natural, healthy, and my curls are back. I'm not worried about the length because my hair grows fast. I can honestly say that I will never relax my hair again because I was blessed with wash and go hair. This is what God blessed us with and although our coiled hair tends to be dry, if taken care of, it could become healthy. Currently I'm using 'Just For Me (Children's) Shampoo' because it's not harsh like most drug store products and it's only $1.77 at my local Walmart. I then deep condition it once a week with Smooth N Shine Critical Repair- if you want moisture, shine, and healthy hair, try this deep conditioner. I use Smooth N Shine Curl Activator every day by sectioning my hair off into five sections and evenly distributing it throughout my hair. Good luck on your transition and feel free to let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
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