Go Back   CurlTalk > Hair > Transitioning

Like Tree3Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-01-2011, 08:51 AM   #201
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 60
Default

Thanks Simone. In my case, I've had short hair for three years now and I'm over that look. I want my long hair back. I just want it to be natural too. I think in my case keeping it simple is going to work best. I'm just going to keep my hair well moisturized, be gentle with it, and let nature take it's course!

Thanks for your advice though! Hope to be fully natural like you in due time.
Yansa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2011, 03:48 PM   #202
 
CurlySimone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 13
Default

Hi Yansa, you're very welcome. Since you've been rocking your lovely short hair now for three years, your hair should be all natural and growing it should be no problem. As you mentioned, keeping it moisturized is always good for our hair. Also, try to use a good moisturizing shampoo, conditioner, and weekly or bi-weekly deep conditioner, as well as a daily hair dressing, hair lotion, moisturizing gel, or leave in conditioner; whichever works best for your hair.

If you would like some product ideas, let me know. Good luck and keep me posted on your journey.

Simone
Attached Thumbnails
Transitioners support thread-sg31.jpg  
CurlySimone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 12:48 PM   #203
 
Angels3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 25
Default

Hello!! I'm super new to the transitioning process and I have almost everything down except the protective styling bit.. As much as I research it I can never find a straight answer.. Now are protective styles suppose to protect just the ends? I keep reading that protective styles are suppose to protect the hair against the elements (heat, rain, wind), but unless I get either a weave or a wig, i'm not really protecting all of my hair which may lead to damage couldn't it?? Also is a bun/ ponytail a good protective style, or are braids necessary for the whole transitioning process?? As much as i'm okay with braids, I'm not ready to have them in yet (last braids were about 2 yrs ago..).. I really love the fact that i'm actually working with my natural hair and since its so new to me, i'm not ready to "put it away" just yet .. Last relaxer was July,16,2011 and counting down!!!
ps. And if there are any sulfate free shampoos you guys can recommend I would be eternally greatful
Angels3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2011, 01:59 PM   #204
 
ThickHairedQT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 266
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Angels3 View Post
Hello!! I'm super new to the transitioning process and I have almost everything down except the protective styling bit.. As much as I research it I can never find a straight answer.. Now are protective styles suppose to protect just the ends? I keep reading that protective styles are suppose to protect the hair against the elements (heat, rain, wind), but unless I get either a weave or a wig, i'm not really protecting all of my hair which may lead to damage couldn't it?? Also is a bun/ ponytail a good protective style, or are braids necessary for the whole transitioning process?? As much as i'm okay with braids, I'm not ready to have them in yet (last braids were about 2 yrs ago..).. I really love the fact that i'm actually working with my natural hair and since its so new to me, i'm not ready to "put it away" just yet .. Last relaxer was July,16,2011 and counting down!!!
ps. And if there are any sulfate free shampoos you guys can recommend I would be eternally greatful
Hi I'm new to transitioning too. My last relaxer was july 1, 2011. I think protective styles are meant to protect where the relaxed hair meets the new growth since that connection is very weak and it could break if there's too much stress (heat,tension,dryness).

Braids and twists are good for transitioning since basically you're just leaving the hair alone and letting it do its thing. You just have to moisturize and clean them. I opted for kinky twists for now and I plan on redo-ing the front and back as needed. Then after idk 2 months ill take them all out wash, deep condition, let them have a break then put braids or twists back in.

Weaves and wigs are good for transitioning too, as long as you pay attention and take care of your real hair underneath it. Ponytails, to me, can do damage if they're pulled too tight (bad experience lol).There are a lot of options, you just have to pick the one best for you.

O and I'm still trying to find the right shampoo as well, I never paid attention to the sulfates and cones until now.so if you find one,let me know please.

Last edited by ThickHairedQT; 08-12-2011 at 02:02 PM.
ThickHairedQT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2011, 12:21 PM   #205
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ThickHairedQT View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Angels3 View Post
Hello!! I'm super new to the transitioning process and I have almost everything down except the protective styling bit.. As much as I research it I can never find a straight answer.. Now are protective styles suppose to protect just the ends? I keep reading that protective styles are suppose to protect the hair against the elements (heat, rain, wind), but unless I get either a weave or a wig, i'm not really protecting all of my hair which may lead to damage couldn't it?? Also is a bun/ ponytail a good protective style, or are braids necessary for the whole transitioning process?? As much as i'm okay with braids, I'm not ready to have them in yet (last braids were about 2 yrs ago..).. I really love the fact that i'm actually working with my natural hair and since its so new to me, i'm not ready to "put it away" just yet .. Last relaxer was July,16,2011 and counting down!!!
ps. And if there are any sulfate free shampoos you guys can recommend I would be eternally greatful
Hi I'm new to transitioning too. My last relaxer was july 1, 2011. I think protective styles are meant to protect where the relaxed hair meets the new growth since that connection is very weak and it could break if there's too much stress (heat,tension,dryness).

Braids and twists are good for transitioning since basically you're just leaving the hair alone and letting it do its thing. You just have to moisturize and clean them. I opted for kinky twists for now and I plan on redo-ing the front and back as needed. Then after idk 2 months ill take them all out wash, deep condition, let them have a break then put braids or twists back in.

Weaves and wigs are good for transitioning too, as long as you pay attention and take care of your real hair underneath it. Ponytails, to me, can do damage if they're pulled too tight (bad experience lol).There are a lot of options, you just have to pick the one best for you.

O and I'm still trying to find the right shampoo as well, I never paid attention to the sulfates and cones until now.so if you find one,let me know please.
Hi ladies,
I am transitioning right along with you. I had my last relaxer in March. I had a sew-in weave for 2 mths now I have flat twists until Tuesday. You are right about protective styling. They are supposed to protect the ends of the hair. I plan to get kinky twists after I let my scalp/hair breathe for about a week or so. This is site is amazing in that it allows you to communicate w/ ppl that are doing or have done the same things. I just recently put up a YouTube video explaining my decision to transition to natural hair. I plan to update frequently as I embark on this journey.

TTYL fellow Naturalistas
swtdarkness96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2011, 01:18 PM   #206
 
bellavie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 64
Default

Hi. I started my transition 11 years ago and its been a gradual process. I stopped relaxing completely 5 years ago but I flat ironed each week until just a few months ago. I'm doing the curly girl method and each week I see more definition and I learn more about my curls.

A few things I want to pass on to new transitioners that might help with the process. I'm still learning but I've had a few break throughs I want to share...

- When I first stopped flat ironing my hair, it was a frizzy mess. Now that I'm on this journey I realized I used to see that, freak out and relax my hair. What I didn't know then was that my hair was showing me it needed TLC. My job was to figure out what kind of TLC it needed.(thank goodness for this site)

- Deep conditioning weekly was key in the beginning (and still is) and it took a few weeks before my curls where defined enough to look nice to go out as a wash and go style.I would deep condition and put it up as a wash and go until wearing it down was manageable (it took me a month do get there)

- Finding a good Leave in conditioner was the holy grail of my routine. No matter what conditioner I co-washed with the whole thing fell apart without a good leave in conditioner. It took me a while and it requires patience. My goal was to find something that left my hair soft after it dried. I finally found my formula (a little cantu shea butter and Kinky Kurly Knot Today)

- I need to do everything in the shower so I can easily wet my hair when there is too much product. I used to try to get out of the shower and do everything and spray with the water bottle. I never got that to work for me. If I'm too heavy handed I just run my hair under the shower quickly.

- Gels are the thing that hold the curls in one place until my hair dries ..like liquid curlers. I have to wet my hands then put a small bit of gel and smooth it through really wet hair...other wise it is crunchy and frizzy as the day goes on.

- Smoothing my hair with my fingers as I put product in makes a HUGE difference. I though I was just supposed to shake my hair and not comb it. or just use my fingers. I had pretty good definition but I still felt like a wild woman. Today a combed with a wide tooth comb and smoothed product in smaller sections. The curls are so neat! I think I'm getting the hang of this.

Hope that helps someone!
Julie
__________________
3b to 4a?

My Routine
Pre-Poo:Conditioner & Avocado Oil or Jamaican Black Caster Oil or Coconut Oil
Co-wash - One Hair for Dry Hair
Moisturize - Coco curls or beija flore creme brulee
Leave In - Shea Moisture Enhancing Smoothie
Gel - Kinky Curly Custard, Deva Spray Gel
Seal ends - Castor Oil

Weekly Routine:
Deep Conditioner - Moroccan Oil Deep Conditioner or Caster Oil & Coconut Oil

Last Relaxer May 2006

http://thereddragonfly.blogspot.com/
bellavie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2011, 02:59 AM   #207
 
ThickHairedQT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 266
Default

I am in love with the cantu shea butter. I used it on my scalp as I did my kinky twists. I think eventually I am going to co-wash. I have noticed that my hair feels brittle at times after I have shampooed it but, once I add conditioner, my hair is like butter and silk.

Last edited by ThickHairedQT; 08-14-2011 at 03:02 AM.
ThickHairedQT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2011, 11:31 AM   #208
 
ahall0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 5
Default

Hello,
I'm new to this and at a lost. I did the B/C and i'm rocking a baby afro, i can't seem to find any other style to wear. plus it doesn't seem to be growing My last perm was aug 2010 and i've put heat on it twice since may 2011. i found that shea moisture works well, and i'm using WEN cleansing conditioner. i feel like i don't know what else to do. i'm glad i found this site because you all have some really good info.
__________________
Natural for 1yr
ahall0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2011, 05:10 AM   #209
 
CurlySimone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 13
Default AHallO, Your Hair Will Grow...

Hello AHallO and welcome to NaturallyCurly! I'm actually watching a WEN commercial now which prompted me to respond to your post from yesterday. I think it's awesome that you did the BIG chop because it allows your hair to breath and grow naturally. I know that as we become adults we resort to using hair lotions, moisturizers, gels, leave in conditioners, oils, etc opposed to the hair dressing our mothers used on our scalps and hair when were children, but the key to your hair growing back quickly, healthy, and moisturized is to use a hair dressing mainly on your scalp.

I don't like the greasiness of hair dressing on my hair, but I do use Isoplus Tea Tree & Aloe Conditioner Hair Dressing on my scalp every other day. This hairdressing moisturizes the scalp and travels through the coils of each strand of my hair which allows my hair to grow very quickly. I believe I paid $2-$4 for a 4 ounce jar and it works wonderfully and smells great. Overall, my recommendation would be to use some hair dressing or oil on your scalp to promote hair growth.

If you have any further questions feel free to let me know. I'm a natural hair stylist and know everything about natural hair. I hope the information I provided you with is helpful.
Attached Thumbnails
Transitioners support thread-sg41.jpg   Transitioners support thread-sg43.jpg  
__________________
Curly Simone
CurlySimone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2011, 08:48 AM   #210
 
ahall0's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 5
Default

thanks so much CurlySimone.. i will check that out, i'm excited that i found this support site.
__________________
Natural for 1yr
ahall0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2011, 09:00 AM   #211
 
CurlySimone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 13
Default

AHallO, you are quite welcome!
__________________
Curly Simone
CurlySimone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2011, 05:29 PM   #212
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1
Default Newbie. new transitioner

OMG wondering why my mom put a relaxer in my head at the age of 7???! feeling my new growth so soft and curly cant wait till i BC! thought i share some of my progress. Currently transitioning with sew ins bcuz of hair breakage in crown

Public Home | Browning4u | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy.
alisha138 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2011, 04:59 PM   #213
 
crestsmile1922's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 17
Talking

Keep the faith and be patient! There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Attached Thumbnails
Transitioners support thread-322097_247187985314736_100000706096884_809255_2054663_o.jpg  
crestsmile1922 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-2011, 05:50 PM   #214
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3
Post 6 months in

Well guys I am 6 months natural this month! Yay for me I plan to continue this LTT(long term transition). My goal was to grow my hair out for 1 year before I cut the relaxed ends. We will see how that goes. I am wearing kinky twists right now. That will put me 3 months closer to the 1 year mark. Keep your fingers crossed.

Toodles
swtdarkness96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2011, 05:46 PM   #215
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 2
Default Help!!!!

Hello all!!! Im a newbie to NC and rolling along with my transition. Im not sure if the date of my last relaxer is really considered the time i started my transition but I'm going to go along with it any way! I decided to go natural when I found out I was getting deployed, which I thought would be perfect since I know there was going to be a salon any type of salon on the camp I'd be at.

My last relaxer was in December 2010, and for the majority of the time since then I've had protective styles. I recently bought a wig (a cheapy hair store one much to my own disapproval, whic i have learned from already but im working with it) to help me really learn how to care for and nurture my hair. My first relaxer was at 3yo due to being the flower girl in my mom's wedding and her not knowing what to really do with my hair. Any who, since I bought the wig I'm beginning to see that my hair actually is pretty curly and I keep my hair braided underneath. I think I'm doing ok with trying to find prodcuts that my hair agrees with, but it seems my biggest problem is moisture. It's like no matter what I do or use, my hair still feels like a brillo pad .
I'm getting so frustrated b/c I feel like everything I do is pointless. I've gone from ORS olive oil condish (which i still love) to kckt, shea moisture, aphogee, evoo, and other prodcuts i have taking over my bathroom.

Has anyone else had this problem during their transition? In the back of my mind I want the "creamy crack" again, but I've already come to far to turn back (and have spent enough money that can't be returned!!! lol). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :-)
hooah4curls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2011, 11:23 PM   #216
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 6
Red face Hola chicas...please HELP!

Hello chicas,

I had my last relaxer January 6, 2011. Transitioning went pretty good until about July when I started seeing a lot of breakage in my relaxed ends. I've kept it going but now I have a huge problem, My natural hair is starting to frizz like crazy, its frizzy and dry. Before it used to be tight curls/coils, a lot more defined.

I have a mix of 3c/4a hair... My relaxed ends are getting very thin and the frizzy hair makes it look so uglyy!! I just recently started using the kimmaytube moisturizer but did not add Castor Oil bc of $$... would this be causing the frizz? I thought it was optional. The other new product I've been using is the Giovanni deep moisture conditioner.. it was on sale! had to try it
I confess that I have not been deep conditioning every week, can't find a good one and cant afford to buy a bunch but I'm preparing for my next buy

Please HELp.. what styling products do you recommend for frizz control, definition and hold??

Also, I've been thinking about purchasing CD Lisa's hair elixir for growth...

Im new to posting in forums and I'm desperate!! any help will be appreciated

co-wash: V05
co-wash/deep condition: Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle cond
Giovanni deep moisture cond
hippiechica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2011, 09:22 AM   #217
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1
Red face

Hi all,
I am new to the natural hair community. I have been transitioning for 3 months now and it has definitely been a challenge! I don't feel "pretty" half the time and I always feel like my hair looks a hot mess. I've had a relaxer for pretty much most of my life so I am clueless when it comes to caring for my "natural" hair. Thank goodness for sites like this. I have learned so much just in the past few months and everytime I get discouraged and lose hope, I turn to sites like this and get inspired to keep going! I have a loooong way to go but I am taking it one day at a time and learning that patience is key!
NewB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 05:14 PM   #218
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2
Default HELP!!!!!!!!!!

Ok so about 6 months ago I decided that my hair was so damaged from relaxers I was not going to get another. I took a pair of scissors and cut my hair down to the new growth!!! My husband hated it so I decided to go get some braids until it got some length(once I cut my hair down it was maybe an inch long.... I know crazy). Well my hair is growing very well I know have a sew in afro with a very curly type weave. My problem is all the blogs are speaking of curly hair and my hair can be called lots of things but curly is not one of them. I have what my grandmother referred to as "Kunta" hair. I am trying to learn to embrace my hair but I have not found a site that deals with my type of hair or maybe I dont know what type of hair I have I think it is 4c very kinky lol when I pulled a piece out it was curled in a "S" pattern but that was just one strand together I dont see a curl anywhere!!! HELP!!!!!!
mrs.cherry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 02:57 PM   #219
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 1
Default 9 months and counting!

Hello ladies! I joined this site a few months ago when I made the decision to transition after doing my normal stretch between relaxers 3-4 months a part. I decided in June to make the transition from relaxed to natural hair. My last relaxer was January 2, 2011, which makes 9 months of me being relaxer-free as of 10/2/11. I've fallen in love with my curl pattern (something I took for granted as a child) and it makes me anxious to BC, but I know I'm not ready to take that step yet. I'm really just trying to learn about my future texture (I think I'm a 3b) and try to retain as much length as possible before getting rid of the relaxed ends.

*sigh* The struggle continues...
memoirsotchic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2011, 03:42 PM   #220
 
naturaldoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 525
Default

How do you all finish your twists? I can't figure out how to finish them with the relaxed ends and all, they won't finger coil like I've seen full naturals do.
naturaldoll is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Trending Topics[-]hide

Thread Tools
Display Modes



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com