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Being fairly new to transitioning, I've been reading a lot lately on the net and seen many youtube videos about the water/vegetable glycerin mixture. Would that work well for beginning transitioners too? Or would I need to wait a bit longer. I've been transitioning since May.
Thank you for this sticky. I'm transitioning and it has been hard. I have been taking advice and started a blog http://urban-lilies.blogspot.com/

I just wrote a post on what one of my employees said about my hair...I 'was' hurt.

Thanks for your support ladies
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?!?!
Originally Posted by bwiggles
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.
Originally Posted by intransition...again

OMG..this is funny bc since I posted that I have been experimenting and basically stumbled onto CN method by trial and error. I have a big stretchy handband that I put on my front after wetting my edges and putting a pea sized amt of shea butter on it..I figured the fabric from the handband would make my hair drier so thats why I do that last step. Anyways, this is how I have been able to keep my edges smooth...just rewetting my edges with wet hands and then using this method, or rewetting and using shea butter and a drop or two of jojoba oil. Its been working just as CN shows.And I always just use my hands when gathering my hair, no combs or brushs.
SO far no one has commented on my hair styles of late ( a bun or ponytail) buts thats probably bc I did that most of the time anyway b4 transistioning. I dont use heat and only plan on using it when I go to the hairstylist for a blow out. And thats only if I have a REALLY important meeting at work...(ex meeting clients, executives big wigs). So far so good. The one thing I cant do that sum people seem to be able to, is make my relaxed ends curly. Mine are limp noodles. I have no time or patience for roller setting thou.
Thank you for this sticky. I'm transitioning and it has been hard. I have been taking advice and started a blog http://urban-lilies.blogspot.com/

I just wrote a post on what one of my employees said about my hair...I 'was' hurt.

Thanks for your support ladies
Originally Posted by Urban Lily

Just read your blog Urban Lily. Congratulations on your decision to go natural. This is my second attempt at transitioning and yes, it can be difficult. But like so many ladies on naturallycurly.com have demonstrated; it can be done!

Keep reading and educating yourself on natural hair, styles and products. People will always have something to say, may it be negative or positive. Keep your chin up, and focus on the positive, which will keep you motivated and focused on your goal.
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“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people”
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Hi ladies,

I got my last relaxer in June of 2008 and in July I decided I wasn't going to relax again. After researching and reading several blogs I got my hair cut into a cute bob to get rid of thin ends and the healthy growing began.

I have a ton of new growth but I'm feeling the urge to relax or texlax now. All this time I haven't had a huge urge to go back to chemicals but lately I've been experimenting with no heat styles...I stopped straightening and opted for styles such as banty knot outs and CNs Twist and Curl. I dont know why I thought these would work...I got the bantu knots down perfectly and when I take them down its hot but when I step outside...I'm left with a frizzy fro. I get the same thing with my curlformers and with my twist and curls. If I straighten with a flat iron my just looks better longer. Someone please help. I've come so far and I dont want to turn back...but I just might have to. I would hate waking up every morning just to check to the humidity outside to see if I can wear my hair out.

Thanks in advance...
I've been relaxer free for about 6+ yrs now. im so used to having longer hair and cut it for the first time in 2001. Since then i like to keep my hair shoulder lenghth or shorter. i did a short bob last year and always had it flat ironed every 2 weeks. when it was longer i would alternate between flat irons, wash and go's and braid outs. I have decided to let my hair grow out naturally, but the only way i feel i could do this is with a big chop. I have gradually cut my hair (straight) to get used to the feeling of having short hair and now i have a few straight ends. i have an appointment to go back and have the last of my flat iron damaged ends cut. im so excited!
This is month 6 of my natural journey. I cut a few inches in July and was not able to do much except wash and go. I still have about 4 inches of relaxed hair on the top and sides and maybe half an inch on the back. Today, I was able to gather my hair in a small pony tail. I've also noticed I shed a lot less when I co-wash and detangle my hair. I'm excited to see what the next 6 months will bring.
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“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people”
Chinese Proverbs quote
Being fairly new to transitioning, I've been reading a lot lately on the net and seen many youtube videos about the water/vegetable glycerin mixture. Would that work well for beginning transitioners too? Or would I need to wait a bit longer. I've been transitioning since May.
Originally Posted by GeminiNaps
great question GN. i too would like to know how soon i should begin using natural products. i'm five months post professional relaxer, but in May and July used a do-it-yourself 'box' perm. the latter really never took. i guess my new growth started fighting back.

anywho, i'm technically only 8-10 weeks into transitioning. for three weeks i've been roller setting/flat twisting once a week using two types of conditioners - nairobi and queen helene. until yesterday i used a motions foam to set my hair, but tried a nairobi wrap/set foam and my hair seems much softer...

is it time to get rid of those products?
I'm starting to transition again after 5 years of being natural I relaxed 8/09. Can't hardly wait to be natural again.
Yay! im transitioning also. my last relaxer was in may and my hair has grown around 2 1/2 inches. just cut off the relaxed ends yesterday and im lovin my short afro. its good to know im not the only one who has found a new appreciation for natural hair.
this is sooo hard 4 me....i almost had a relapse when i went 2 walmart....they put the good hair stuff right next to the relaxers. i picked up a box and took it to the register....bought...got in my car....hopped back out and returned it....i feel sooo alone bcuz all my family is relaxed. and my new growth are these wild big curls and the permed hair is flat and lifeless.
i forgot how beautiful my curls were...
its crazy how your family can make you feel bad about something sooo beautiful....

my curls wld alwys come back...evn tho my mom relaxed it...until one day she came home with a maximum strength dr.miracles relaxer...i told her...i had enough. i wasnt gonna let her relax my hair away.



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I am six months post relaxer. I just took out my braids for the 3rd time. This past time I followed the "crown and glory" technique and it absolutely made a difference in my hair. It was the easiest set of braids I have ever removed, not to mention how soft and moisturized my hair came out. I washed and did a protein treatment followed by flat twists. I hope they come out well. My hair type is 3C.

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I have taken out my flat twists...they are o-kay. Not horrible, but not great. TG I am getting my braids back in a week and a half.
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im about 6 or 7 months post. i was wondering what types of styles u ladies are using to transition..i cant braid or do flat twists and my new growth is just wild and dry when i do braid outs any recommendations styles or products??????
Hello Ladies: I need your expertise as I am so mew at this!. 11 weeks ago I got a pixie haircut and a BK. Since I cut my hair once more and is super short. (Please see pic attached) Now as the BK is wearing off my curls are starting to come out!!! ( I am also attaching "my goal pic" from 3 years ago.I am so excited!..I've been using shampoo and cond. w/out sodium chloride to "maintain" the BK. But now as I discover this wonderful venue I need advice: I want to start CG as my curls have been always very dry and frizzy. Should I start CG now to start training my new curls?. Should I get a light perm to start treating my whole hair to curls? Do you know any solution that helps to accelerate hair growth -like Hair Formula 37- or any other solution??... Thanks so much!!!
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I've been transitioning since June . . . so I guess it's been about 5 months. Anyway, I am currently having a rough go of it. I'm soooooo tired of this straight stuff on the ends messing up my fro! lol

I've been working with some of the products I've read about to soften & condition my natural hair; I can see the improvement! It's no longer "hard & foreign"! LOL

My true dilemma is that I've had serious breakage right in the middle of my damn head--illness & medication were the culprits. If only I'd known about tying my hair up when laying down months ago!!!! So, that is kinda messing up my flow . . . you can only do so much with a hole in ya fro. So, I'm patiently waiting for the "spot" to grow in so I can just cut everything down to meet it!

I will not give up! lol I've been wanting to go natural forever, but would always say "later". Well, now is the time . . . and I found all these wonderful natural hair blogs and that let me know I'm on the right track.

Glad to have a place to say all this . . .
so far its not hard,but twists out 2x a week are not my friend..so maybe once every while is fine..my hair loves braidouts however,and roller setting!!
I have only been going at it for 2months..and im so impatient!! lol I can't wait till next year to cut off my relaxed hair! I want my big natural hair back!! I'am also impatient to try Henna, but I want to do it when i BC. I got tired of relaxers...
I tried my best to to maintain healthy hair with one, but I think it was damaged too many times, and my natural hair texture just couldn't take it anymore..cause well yeah...I don't think its actually needed to sit in my hair for 30mins+ but tell that to 6 of my 7 past stylists..
I would've done the BC sooner, but sadly Ima length feign...or more like..my cheek bones are too big and high so I just can't rock a twa.
So cheers to us ladies who decided to transition to natural!!
do u guys have any good MOISTURIZING CONDITIONERS?????(nothing that has to be purchased online)
hi there. Im in my 6/7th month of transistioning. I have about 2 1/2 to 3 inches of new growth. My front and back edges/hairline are tight curls (pen size) but my crown is still straight. The back of my head is wavey. It looks healthy and shiney and when i can figure out how to post pix I will. I'm wondering if any one has new growth that is wavey and not curly? All the photos I see are of curly curly hair where mine are waves? It makes me wonder if when all my hair is grown out if it will curl at all.

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