Transitioners support thread

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Hey everyone. I am a new newbie. I had my last relaxer around the beginning of November. My 2 year old is really the one who inspired me to go natural. I never understood how beautiful it (natural hair) is until I saw her. So in learning how to take of her hair, I made the decision. I plan on a long transition without the big chop. I am happy, excited and nervous, but I love it. I know it requires patience and can be alot of work. I have been doing a ton of research and I must say, this thread is very helpful.
Yes I'm Excited That This Thread Was Started. I've Been Transitioing For 5 1/2 Mo. I Think I Can Tell My Texture But Someone Once Told Me That I Wouldnt Know Intil I Cut Off The Relaxer. This Inbetween Stage Really Takes Patience..
I have been in transition for 2.5 months. It takes a lot of patience.
Last relaxer: November 23, 2008
Hair type: Not sure yet









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I just need encouragment..Im 5 mos. into transitioning and i'm getting discouraged..my hair is ssooooo thick and curly and dry and kinky. that im afraid i wont be able to mange it or style it..somedays i feel so good about my new hair growing in and other days i feel like i should just relax it and forget about it.. natural is not for your texture.
Just keep the faith. I did the same thing--flat ironing my hair to accommodate my relaxed hair and I also waited almost a year before I did the BC to let my natural hair grow out. You can do straw sets to camouflage the different textures or any other protective style will work as well. The key thing is to get used to the naturalness of your beautiful hair. If you need any ideas for styles, you can always go to YouTube. There's a community of natural ladies that offer tutorials for transitioning. Again, keep up the good work. You can do it. Just have faith
Hello! I am new here... I used to relax my hair for 20 years and now I am ready to recover my curls (I am 3A or 3B). Well, I remember that I have ringlets instead of real curls...

So, I am transitioning and as you can see on my picture the recovery work will be long and hard...

If you have some advice...

Thanks and read you soon!
Hi, two days after washing my hair, it's like "straw" : dry and unshining.
Hi I am a newbie here at CG, a natural friend of mine told me about the site, and so far i am amazed at all the info i have found so far.

I still have relaxed hair I only get 2 relaxers a year, my last relaxer was December 2009 but I always get blowouts at the Dominican salon. I am thinking about going through with the transition; I am mixed I'm Hispanic and Jamaican, with that said my hair cant take braids and cornrows because they make my hair fall out. Are there any other transition styles I can do while my relaxer is growing out? Also if i decided to continue with getting relaxers would it still be safe to do CG's methods such as only co washing and using the baking soda and acv rinses, or even Aphogee?

Answers are truly appreciated! I feel so lost and definitely need help
I havent figured out my pattern yet, im just a newbie.


"Knowledge is not power, but the application of knowledge is power" -Anonymous
Hi Ladies,

I am a newbie to the forum. I am transitioning to natural hair( 5 months). I chopped of the relaxed hair in the back and middle. My hair looks like a curly afro in the back. The middle grows straight down and is wavy. I want to know when I can expect the back to grow down instead of out. The back has grown out about 4 inches. I am getting frustrated with my hair. I'm wondering if I am the only one frustrated with the way my hair looks with the different natural textures. (No I don't use any heat on my hair and I airdry 100 percent of the time since my natural hair doesn't tangles.
I just need encouragment..Im 5 mos. into transitioning and i'm getting discouraged..my hair is ssooooo thick and curly and dry and kinky. that im afraid i wont be able to mange it or style it..somedays i feel so good about my new hair growing in and other days i feel like i should just relax it and forget about it.. natural is not for your texture.
Originally Posted by keynikki32
Hi, two days after washing my hair, it's like "straw" : dry and unshining.
Originally Posted by sösel
George's Aloe and Jessicurl Weekly DC have been my life savers for my dry hair. It was definitely worse when I first started transitioning. I think my scalp was so damaged from relaxers it was affecting my new growth.
Texture: Medium-Coarse, Porosity: Low, Elasticity: Normal (Live Curly Live Free Hair Analysis)
Somebody help me. I am at the point of going to the store and buying a perm. I havent permed my hair since February 2009. So its been a year and my hair is looking horrid. I tried brading it to protect it but that only took out tons of my hair. Now my hair is feeling so thin and broken off. I looked at many youtube videos and read many of the postings about caring for transitioning hair. I tried many products and nothing seems to soften my 4b (I think) hair. I wish I was bold enough to just chop it all off. I dont because I dont think i would look good with short hair. Enough complaining. Can someone tell me what I can use to make hard to manage hair soft and manageable.
Any beauticians in the brooklyn NY area?
I feel your pain. I am getting discouraged also. I am going to try and find a natural hair stylist. Maybe they can help. This is so annoying. I hate my hair today. I hope tomorrow is better.
I wanna BC in may, but i have only been transitioning for about 3 months now. I don't know if i should since I have high cheek bones (chipmunk cheeks) lol. I have about 2 to 3 inches of new growth in the back. Should i just be patient and wait for it to grow out some more?
I just decided to start transitioning. I had my last relaxer in Dec 2009. This is a fun process. I love feeling the new growth as it comes in and trying to guess my hair type.

I have had a relaxer since 1990 and a curl before that, so I don't recall my natural hair texture.

I am excited about this journey and look forward to learning and sharing with you all!
I just need encouragment..Im 5 mos. into transitioning and i'm getting discouraged..my hair is ssooooo thick and curly and dry and kinky. that im afraid i wont be able to mange it or style it..somedays i feel so good about my new hair growing in and other days i feel like i should just relax it and forget about it.. natural is not for your texture.
Originally Posted by keynikki32
Hi, two days after washing my hair, it's like "straw" : dry and unshining.
Originally Posted by sösel
George's Aloe and Jessicurl Weekly DC have been my life savers for my dry hair. It was definitely worse when I first started transitioning. I think my scalp was so damaged from relaxers it was affecting my new growth.
Originally Posted by lbkcurly
I bought Jessicurl products and my hair texture changed! I really really love my "strange" curls. People ask if i did a perm...
I am really happy to see that I am not the only one suffering from really dry hair. I have been transitioning for 6 months now and my hair also feels like straw. I have tried so many different products and every time I find something that I think works, a few days later my hair is like straw again. I just recently ordered My Honey Child Coconut Papaya Hair Paste and Sweet Almond Hair Milk. I am hoping they help.
I just need encouragment..Im 5 mos. into transitioning and i'm getting discouraged..my hair is ssooooo thick and curly and dry and kinky. that im afraid i wont be able to mange it or style it..somedays i feel so good about my new hair growing in and other days i feel like i should just relax it and forget about it.. natural is not for your texture.
Originally Posted by keynikki32
Hi, two days after washing my hair, it's like "straw" : dry and unshining.
Originally Posted by sösel
George's Aloe and Jessicurl Weekly DC have been my life savers for my dry hair. It was definitely worse when I first started transitioning. I think my scalp was so damaged from relaxers it was affecting my new growth.
Originally Posted by lbkcurly
I bought Jessicurl products and my hair texture changed! I really really love my "strange" curls. People ask if i did a perm...
Originally Posted by sösel
That's awesome! What all did you try from Jessicurl? Maybe someone else on here could benefit from your experience!
Texture: Medium-Coarse, Porosity: Low, Elasticity: Normal (Live Curly Live Free Hair Analysis)
are... The hair cleansing shampoo, CC + RR. After plopping I use a diffuser but I prefer not.

Tonight I washed my hair and used a conditioner "Masquintence" (Kerastase) but my hair is enormous !!!!

After 20 years using an hair dryer (I used to wash my hair once or twice a week) I can clearly see that now, I have to wash it 3 or 4 times a week. If I do not, my hair becomes like straw.

Do you know the DOP brand ? They have a daily cream which is wonderful ! Non greasy, soft...
I am thinking about transitioning from my relaxed hair to natural. I joined LHCF and NC today. I've pretty much been reading about natural hair styles all day. I'm terrified. I don't want to cut any of my sl relaxed hair, unless it's a modest trim. I'm also afraid that natural hair won't look professional on me since I have a corporate career. I'm just scared about pretty much everything right now.
And don't be affraid about transitioning... I relaxed my hair during 20 years and now it is over !!!!

I don't know what made me change my opinion, really. But I looooove my new hair.

Talking about "pro and non pro hair", I think it is untrue to say that straight hair look better. If you have doubts, why don't you ponytail your hair when you are working?

How long is you hair?

Mine are long and finally I don't care about what people think about my curly hair (with a consequent volume).

I am a company director and meet a lot of lawyers, architects and bank directors. In an other hand I meet famous people (music, cinema...) and have a lot of compliments!!! Nobody looks at me as I were an alien

If you need some help and support, you are in the perfect talk!

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