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Old 06-12-2009, 06:37 AM   #21
 
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OMG!!! I can't stop touching my new growth! I've had my hands in my hair all evening. My hair is still over moisturized from my coconut milk mishap from Tues, and the curls feel so soft...I have different curl types all over.
Oh man I remember those days. I used to love feeling the new growth. Now I like to twirl the entire hair and feel the curl at the tip. Its some serious afro in hair disease (aihd) LMAO I'm sure that's why my left side grows slower than the right.
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Hello ladies!

Our thread has been featured on CurlyNikki.com's blog! Here is the article:

http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/06/re...sitioners.html

And here is a post from someone that I thought made a great valid point

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This is a great labor of love Maria. Thanks! Although, I believe there is a wrong way to transition if the necessary care is not put into the transition (hence: lack of proper moisturizing and deep conditioning, excess heat, etc.) I didn't know a lot of this stuff when I was transitioning. Actually, when I grew out my relaxed hair, I didn't even know the term 'transitioning' is what it was called when growing out the chemically altered hair to natural hair. i just knew I didn't want anymore relaxers. I grew my relaxed hair the wrong way because at the time I wasn't aware of the wealth of info out there that supported the process. Now I have healthy hair but suffered unnecessary breakage due to lack of knowledge on proper hair care. So I definitely believe there is a WRONG way. Thanks for the great resource for us that have been through it and still need help and those of us that are beginning.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:34 PM   #23
 
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Hello ladies!

Our thread has been featured on CurlyNikki.com's blog! Here is the article:

http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/06/re...sitioners.html

And here is a post from someone that I thought made a great valid point

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This is a great labor of love Maria. Thanks! Although, I believe there is a wrong way to transition if the necessary care is not put into the transition (hence: lack of proper moisturizing and deep conditioning, excess heat, etc.) I didn't know a lot of this stuff when I was transitioning. Actually, when I grew out my relaxed hair, I didn't even know the term 'transitioning' is what it was called when growing out the chemically altered hair to natural hair. i just knew I didn't want anymore relaxers. I grew my relaxed hair the wrong way because at the time I wasn't aware of the wealth of info out there that supported the process. Now I have healthy hair but suffered unnecessary breakage due to lack of knowledge on proper hair care. So I definitely believe there is a WRONG way. Thanks for the great resource for us that have been through it and still need help and those of us that are beginning.
Grats on your Curly Nikki feature! I read it this morning and your pictures are very nice. Your curls are awesome Maria. Thanks again for this thread.
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:15 PM   #24
 
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Umm, since I have my hands in my hair all the time , I've noticed that my new growth on the sides of my head is getting flat and wavy. I can barely feel the curls, while the back is curly with defined curls and firm texture. The last time I washed, I rollerset my hair. If I wash and go, my new growth curls up everywhere. I know different textures and curl patterns are normal, but it's kind of weird . . . anyone else experiencing this?
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i realized today when i pulled my hair (even though i am not supposed to stretch it until the beginning of july lol) that I am APL...a little past even! woo!
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i realized today when i pulled my hair (even though i am not supposed to stretch it until the beginning of july lol) that I am APL...a little past even! woo!

wow your hair grows fast! im officially jealous
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i realized today when i pulled my hair (even though i am not supposed to stretch it until the beginning of july lol) that I am APL...a little past even! woo!

wow your hair grows fast! im officially jealous
lol funny, i am always complaining that it grow too slow. but i am on my grind! i want it to be full APL (or real close) by the end of the summer. ambitious i know lol
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:11 PM   #28
 
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For some reason, I've been thinking about BCing. I even had a dream about it last night. Last time I dreamt about cutting off my hair, I did.

Originally, I wanted to keep my length so I can put my hair up, but I don't know. I mean I've BCed before and yeah I missed my hair, but I also enjoyed having it short.
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Old 06-27-2009, 10:40 AM   #29
 
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I am ne wto the whole transitioner thread and I need all the help i can get!!
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:57 PM   #31
 
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This thread is super helpful! I'm 8 months post relaxer and don't see me bc'ing anytime soon. I've NEVER had long hair but hope to have a good length when I BC. With all the help this thread has and various blogs, I think I will be able to better take care of my hair and retain some length, which I think was the problem I had with relaxed hair. Loving my new growth!
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This thread (although this whole site is as well!) is so inspiring and motivating my head would explode if I even tried to describe how helpful it is.

Thank you kindly, m'am, for being thoughtful and starting it.

I'm only about two weeks into my transition officially, my last relaxer being on the last day of school (why the hail my mother decided to get my hair done AFTER school was over.. no clue, she's crazy.)

So when I complain about not knowing what to put on my hair, how I barely feel any new growth, I just read transition journeys, that are as little as < 6 months or as long as years!

I'm so crazy about the big chop also, I keep having to remind myself that if I were to do it right this second I'd have a cul-de-sac balding look goin' on. David Cross and I have the same kind of glasses but we certainly are not going to rock the same hairstyle.

I'm a bit of--.. k, I'm a big dork, so throughout this whole process, I might get really antsy. I hope you guys can put up with me, haha. Just ignore the spaz!

So I say thank you/gracias/danke schön/merci/takk fyrir/toda raba/etcetera! to you all in advance for being there if anything.

I hope I'll be able to help someone else out too. C:
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:08 AM   #33
 
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Today makes month 4 of my journey and I noticed that my new growth is softer than my relaxed ends. There's a curl pattern forming as well. I started using a shea butter mix I created and both my textures love it. I can't believe how healthy and soft my new growth is. . . why have I been relaxing all these years. . . ?
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:27 PM   #34
 
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Hello. I have 3c hair almost exactly like rachel true. I made a terrible mistake of relaxing it 2 years ago and now i want to go back natural. My last relaxer was April 09.... I dont ever wanna BC. i just wanna let it keep growing & cutting my relaxed hair little by little. Has anyone done this or planned to do this? and how did you maintain & keep ur hair healthy?? Please help thanks
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I have not seen my natural hair since I was 3 or 4 yrs old and I'm 30 now. I have been transitioning since February 2009 so about 7 monthes. I was very excited but I have no clue how to take care of 3c hair. If you could tell me what you used to do I would appreciate it. So far I have been alternating with just conditioining (no shampooing) my hair and only shampooing after any oil treatments. I saturate my hair with virgin coconut oil or jojoba oil once a week. Put a towel on my pillow and sleep with the oil in my hair. I wash it out the next day than as I condition I detangle. As I wash out the conditioner I leave some in. As for styling I have been experimenting with..everything. I have used Redken curl styling gels, snti frizz creme, and curl refiner. Those work well but the next day I have to do it all over again. You get soft dry curls with a little bit of shine but the look does not carry more than a day. Than I tried Marc Anthony's Curl lotion. Love it!!!!!!!! However you have to be careful too much and you get that gel look. If you learn what the right amount is for your hair you can get that soft dry curl look that lasts two days. If I want to style my hair I do it in the shower while I have conditioner in my hair. So if I want to part or twist my hair I do it in the shower than rinse a little of the conditioner off. I tried using Ojon products. The SWA line makes my hair feel like straw didn't know what that felt likeuntil I used the product, I have to use tresseme conditioner to soften it up. The ojon thickening line works better but your hair smells like freshly cut grass. So again I condition with tresseme or redkin curl conditioner to make it smell better. I just bought Fantasia IC Maximum Herbal Gro and I like it alot. I put some in my palm rub them together than rub it through my hair in sections. That also leaves a soft dry curly look, however that only lasts a day. The reason I leave some conditioner in my hair is that if the next day I am having a bad hair day all I have to do is wet it and I get the curls back withgout a full wash. I still go to the salon and wash and set once every two weeks. I am trying for the fist time in 26 years to wear my hair naturallu even though 90% is relaxed. Honestly it's frustrating seeing the shiny smooth curls of the relaxed hair and then this nest like hair growing from my scalp. I understand that this is the beginning and aonce the weight of my natural hair pulls the hair down it will look different. I have to let it grow to see the true texture of my hair, and I look forward to that and welcome it but honestly the relaxer is looking pretty good. I decided to go natural because if one day when I do have kids I have a little girl and she has my hair I want to know what to do, and I want her to be proud of her hair. But seriously this takes alot of time to tame and train your hair. I believe its worth it but if I find out I have 4 texured hair and I don't learn how to handle it I'm going back to the relaxer. For now this is where I am at in my journey.
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just curious if i can see any one matching their new growth (i.e.bantu knots,straw sets,etc)
my bc wont be for anuther year....i need sum encoragement!!!when i tell people that im transitioning they always have this crazy luk on their face and usually their like "why?" or "for what?"lol
thanks for the forum cant wait to sum sum picz!!!!!
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just curious if i can see any one matching their new growth (i.e.bantu knots,straw sets,etc)
my bc wont be for anuther year....i need sum encoragement!!!when i tell people that im transitioning they always have this crazy luk on their face and usually their like "why?" or "for what?"lol
thanks for the forum cant wait to sum sum picz!!!!!
I got so many crazy looks from people when I was transitioning that I stopped telling people I was transitioning. They would just ask stupid questions like why are you cutting all your hair off or you'll look like a man. I just found it easier to only tell people that were encouraging me. But anyway don't pay them any mind.

diva2001a, if your hair is 90% natural why don't you just cut off the relaxed ends? I know its only been 7 months and trust me I completely understand. I found it easier to not force my hair to curl up (my hair was relaxed bone straight) until I actually did the big chop. Hang in there though because if you've made it this far you should be just fine. I would scan Youtube for ideas. Not sure how long your hair is but braid outs are great too.

Melody08, I've seen people transition for 2-3 years. I definitely don't have the patience, but it worked for them. I would just trim every few months and make sure to deep condition at least once a week. Your hair will be weak at the line of demarcation and you don't want to have a set back. As long as you take care of your hair and not use excessive heat you will transition with no problems.

Jamtastic Voyage! I had to hide the scissors in my house in order to keep going. I wanted to just shave my head bald LOL but kept reminding myself what a huge noggin I have. I barely had enough for a ponytail when I was done but do what's right for you. Trust me when its time you'll just know.
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Hey there! Last relaxer was end of April 2008 and I have about 2 inc of NG. I was wondering if this had/has/is happening to anyone. I have on my temples fuzzy ill defined small curls and along the rest of my hair line big (lsize of a pen and at least half of another wide) curls. However on my crown and else where there is just slight wave?!?!
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Hey there! Last relaxer was end of April 2008 and I have about 2 inc of NG. I was wondering if this had/has/is happening to anyone. I have on my temples fuzzy ill defined small curls and along the rest of my hair line big (lsize of a pen and at least half of another wide) curls. However on my crown and else where there is just slight wave?!?!
Hi Bwiggles. Did you mean that your last relaxer was April 2009? If it was, then 2 inches of new growth sounds about right. My last relaxer was March 09 and I'm just now seeing some curls. I still have about 25-30 % relaxed ends that need to come off, but I'm going to wait. My hair is short, but I have enough length to roller set and play with. I have a lot of fuzz in the back and still not much curl definition, and I probably won't see it until I cut off all the relaxer.

Be patient with your hair. Soon those waves will start to form into curls and the fuzz will calm down. In the mean time, deep condition and moisturize regularly. Also try Curly Nikki's method for smooth edges http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/08/no...eek-edges.html, I gave this a try this morning and it worked nicely.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:07 AM   #40
 
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Smile Curls vary on a head of curly hair...

I felt the same way at first when I started to examine my curl patterns. The hair at the front near my forehead is the least defined and tends to frizz the most. The hair near my temples and side burns have a looser curl pattern and not likely to frizz much. The hair at the nape of my neck is looser than the hair near my temples and stays very soft. The rest of my hair, especially at the crown, is very tightly curled into a zig-zag pattern and tends to be the area most likely to be dry.

Weird, eh? This is normal and you are not alone...



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