Transitioners support thread

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It's been about a month since my last perm, and I'm exciting. Problem, I haven't been 100% natural since I was 9. I stopped perming at 11 and began again at 13. So, I honestly barely know what my natural texture is like. I'm excited to see, and I'm tired of the horrible chemical I got from salons when I began relaxing again. I'm 16 and being natural was never something really enforced, perming is just something you do in my family. But, I'm excited to stop and I have my mind set on this. My current length is below APL a few inches from BSL. It took long for my hair to get there so I plan on gradually cutting my permed ends off while my natural hair reaches BSL. I realize that this may take 2 years + but I'm willing to go for it. Any tips ladies? Any one have a successful long transition?
Hello ladies!

I have been in the process of transitioning for 6 months now. My last relaxer was in January 2010. My hair is shoulder length; I have about 2 inches of new growth, which is VERY thick. I no longer use products that contain sulfates, parabens, or alcohol, and I have also stopped flat ironing and blow drying my hair in June. I do not think I will be getting a weave or braids, but would like to have a new style. I have been doing bantu knot outs all summer, and am getting TIRED and Bored with this style!

PLEASE HEELLPPP!!! Does anyone have any advice?? I would GREATLY appreciate it




Hello ladies!

I have been in the process of transitioning for 6 months now. My last relaxer was in January 2010. My hair is shoulder length; I have about 2 inches of new growth, which is VERY thick. I no longer use products that contain sulfates, parabens, or alcohol, and I have also stopped flat ironing and blow drying my hair in June. I do not think I will be getting a weave or braids, but would like to have a new style. I have been doing bantu knot outs all summer, and am getting TIRED and Bored with this style!

PLEASE HEELLPPP!!! Does anyone have any advice?? I would GREATLY appreciate it




Originally Posted by RachelleNicole
LOOK AT ALL THAT HAIR!!!! Your hair is very beautiful! I don't have as much length as you because I just did a pre-chop bout 3 weeks ago. I've been transitioning for about 9mnths now, so I'm bout to make my 1yr mark (Yayyy)! But anyway some styles you can try are twist/braid outs, two strand twist (without extensions), single braids, roller sets, straw curls, flat two strand twist, wash 'n' goes, flat twist with roller set...girl there are plenty of styles, but that's all I can think of right now! Also check out www.youtube.com and search natural hair styles, there are plenty girls/ladies on there that show style tutorials






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Products I love:
Ion Dandruff/Seborrheic Dermatitis Tar Shampoo
Suave Shea Butter Conditioner
Biolage Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Biolage Fortify Therapy Shampoo
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil
Hi everybody, I'm 16 and have been trying to go natural since October '09 and I've failed miserably! The longest I went with out a relaxer is 2 months and I had 1-1/2 in. of new growth. But, I've relaxed it twice since then. The last one I had gave me 4 huge burns on my scalp and I'm sick of it. I have ear length hair now, with spots where my hair is less than 1/4 in. long from breakage. My problem is I'm a girl with very chubby cheeks so short hair is kind of a no-no. So, I want to BC and get braids until I'm comfortable with the length of my hair. The thing is I wouldn't know what to do with it after that so, I need HELP!! Anything to help me transition into my new hair will be helpful.
Originally Posted by niquabear3


Hi! The first thing I would suggest is talking to your hair stylist about what you want to do, or finding one who specializes in natural hair. Keep your hair moisturized by conditioning twice a week! Use 100% organic coconut oil to aid in this process, and find products with more natural ingredients. Definitely minimize the use of blow dryers and flat irons. Braids could be a good way to transition if you get your hair cut. My roommate did it and her hair has grown a lot. Also, check out this youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MsBeautyBlogger She has a lot of experience with breakage and has done some research, on natural haircare, after some bad hair days and her decision to do the BC. GOOD LUCK!!!
Hello ladies!

I have been in the process of transitioning for 6 months now. My last relaxer was in January 2010. My hair is shoulder length; I have about 2 inches of new growth, which is VERY thick. I no longer use products that contain sulfates, parabens, or alcohol, and I have also stopped flat ironing and blow drying my hair in June. I do not think I will be getting a weave or braids, but would like to have a new style. I have been doing bantu knot outs all summer, and am getting TIRED and Bored with this style!

PLEASE HEELLPPP!!! Does anyone have any advice?? I would GREATLY appreciate it




Originally Posted by RachelleNicole
LOOK AT ALL THAT HAIR!!!! Your hair is very beautiful! I don't have as much length as you because I just did a pre-chop bout 3 weeks ago. I've been transitioning for about 9mnths now, so I'm bout to make my 1yr mark (Yayyy)! But anyway some styles you can try are twist/braid outs, two strand twist (without extensions), single braids, roller sets, straw curls, flat two strand twist, wash 'n' goes, flat twist with roller set...girl there are plenty of styles, but that's all I can think of right now! Also check out www.youtube.com and search natural hair styles, there are plenty girls/ladies on there that show style tutorials
Originally Posted by Amazinnatural

THANK YOU!! I can't wait to reach 1 yr! I plan to cut off 1 1/2 inches. I think I'm going to try the flat twists or straw curls. I will definitely be on youtube all the time!
I have been transitioning for a little over 22 months now and I was sure by this point that I would have all the perm cut out, but unfortunately that`s not the case. The right side of my head appears to have all the perm gone, but the left side of my head appears to either have severe heat damage on the ends or that there`s still some perm left over.

So in light of this issue, I`ve decided to just stay away from heat for the summer months and on my curliversary (the day I decided to give up the creamy crack) do another trim and see where that leaves me.

It`s so frustrating waiting though, when I`m so close but still just have a few inches more to go. Agh .
last relaxer; 082708, BC; 081810, CG; 122410
high porosity, med/coarse texture, high density, color treated
condish;TN, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair stylers; Heaven in Hair, DevaCurl Curl Cream oils;Castor Oil

YTChannel: http://www.youtube.com/user/papiermachecurls


Hello ladies!

I have been in the process of transitioning for 6 months now. My last relaxer was in January 2010. My hair is shoulder length; I have about 2 inches of new growth, which is VERY thick. I no longer use products that contain sulfates, parabens, or alcohol, and I have also stopped flat ironing and blow drying my hair in June. I do not think I will be getting a weave or braids, but would like to have a new style. I have been doing bantu knot outs all summer, and am getting TIRED and Bored with this style!

PLEASE HEELLPPP!!! Does anyone have any advice?? I would GREATLY appreciate it




Originally Posted by RachelleNicole
LOOK AT ALL THAT HAIR!!!! Your hair is very beautiful! I don't have as much length as you because I just did a pre-chop bout 3 weeks ago. I've been transitioning for about 9mnths now, so I'm bout to make my 1yr mark (Yayyy)! But anyway some styles you can try are twist/braid outs, two strand twist (without extensions), single braids, roller sets, straw curls, flat two strand twist, wash 'n' goes, flat twist with roller set...girl there are plenty of styles, but that's all I can think of right now! Also check out www.youtube.com and search natural hair styles, there are plenty girls/ladies on there that show style tutorials
Originally Posted by Amazinnatural

THANK YOU!! I can't wait to reach 1 yr! I plan to cut off 1 1/2 inches. I think I'm going to try the flat twists or straw curls. I will definitely be on youtube all the time!
Originally Posted by RachelleNicole
I'm like a youtube junkie lol I'm always on there getting ideas and new styles. When I did my pre-chop I cut but a good 3-4 inches off because I was getting tired of my relaxed ends, they didn't blend well with my natural texture. Hopefully when I make my 1 yrs I would have grown like 2 inches or so. I can't wait for my hair to get BSL I'm really looking forward to that. But I wish you the best of luck with your hair and keep me posted on your transitioning.






Still loving my curls and kinks!
Products I love:
Ion Dandruff/Seborrheic Dermatitis Tar Shampoo
Suave Shea Butter Conditioner
Biolage Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Biolage Fortify Therapy Shampoo
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil
I have been transitioning for a little over 22 months now and I was sure by this point that I would have all the perm cut out, but unfortunately that`s not the case. The right side of my head appears to have all the perm gone, but the left side of my head appears to either have severe heat damage on the ends or that there`s still some perm left over.

So in light of this issue, I`ve decided to just stay away from heat for the summer months and on my curliversary (the day I decided to give up the creamy crack) do another trim and see where that leaves me.

It`s so frustrating waiting though, when I`m so close but still just have a few inches more to go. Agh .
Originally Posted by pprMACHEheart
Just cut the rest of your relaxed ends out! That may end your frustrations...






Still loving my curls and kinks!
Products I love:
Ion Dandruff/Seborrheic Dermatitis Tar Shampoo
Suave Shea Butter Conditioner
Biolage Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Biolage Fortify Therapy Shampoo
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil
Hey everyone! *big wave*

I'm almost 7 months into my transition...and I have a love/hate relationship with the process. Some days I want to just go ahead and BC out of frustration, but I know I"m not ready & I don't want to cut it too soon. I love my new growth...but its hard for me to tell how much I actually have. I'm about to do my first mini-chop this week, and I'm afraid to even do that. I'm such a coward!!! LOL

I'm starting to get a little sick of the same styles over & over myself. Bantu knot outs don't work for me, braid outs don't appeal to me...so I'm rocking mostly flat twist outs or buns.

But for the most part I think my transition is going well, just a few bumps along the way.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a leave in conditioner? THANKS!!!
**DISCLAIMER: That's a half wig in my avatar


Last Relaxer: December 26, 2009
BC: August 2, 2010

Currently experimenting with products & hair regimen, open to suggestions!!!



The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. -Isaiah 49:1b
I have been transitioning for a little over 22 months now and I was sure by this point that I would have all the perm cut out, but unfortunately that`s not the case. The right side of my head appears to have all the perm gone, but the left side of my head appears to either have severe heat damage on the ends or that there`s still some perm left over.

So in light of this issue, I`ve decided to just stay away from heat for the summer months and on my curliversary (the day I decided to give up the creamy crack) do another trim and see where that leaves me.

It`s so frustrating waiting though, when I`m so close but still just have a few inches more to go. Agh .
Originally Posted by pprMACHEheart
Just cut the rest of your relaxed ends out! That may end your frustrations...
Originally Posted by Amazinnatural
I was going to just do that in August, but it would make my hair uneven; the left side would be shorter than the right. The right side of my head is okay . . . no perm there . . left side still has about 3-5 inches of perm. =/
last relaxer; 082708, BC; 081810, CG; 122410
high porosity, med/coarse texture, high density, color treated
condish;TN, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair stylers; Heaven in Hair, DevaCurl Curl Cream oils;Castor Oil

YTChannel: http://www.youtube.com/user/papiermachecurls


I have been transitioning for a little over 22 months now and I was sure by this point that I would have all the perm cut out, but unfortunately that`s not the case. The right side of my head appears to have all the perm gone, but the left side of my head appears to either have severe heat damage on the ends or that there`s still some perm left over.

So in light of this issue, I`ve decided to just stay away from heat for the summer months and on my curliversary (the day I decided to give up the creamy crack) do another trim and see where that leaves me.

It`s so frustrating waiting though, when I`m so close but still just have a few inches more to go. Agh .
Originally Posted by pprMACHEheart
Just cut the rest of your relaxed ends out! That may end your frustrations...
Originally Posted by Amazinnatural
I was going to just do that in August, but it would make my hair uneven; the left side would be shorter than the right. The right side of my head is okay . . . no perm there . . left side still has about 3-5 inches of perm. =/
Originally Posted by pprMACHEheart
Well that sucks, just get a natural hair stylist to cut your hair even, that will be your best bet. Even though you may not want your hair to be a short length, it will be healthier for your hair for it to grow out evenly. Or you could where a protective style until you get the length you want.






Still loving my curls and kinks!
Products I love:
Ion Dandruff/Seborrheic Dermatitis Tar Shampoo
Suave Shea Butter Conditioner
Biolage Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Biolage Fortify Therapy Shampoo
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil

Just cut the rest of your relaxed ends out! That may end your frustrations...
Originally Posted by Amazinnatural
I was going to just do that in August, but it would make my hair uneven; the left side would be shorter than the right. The right side of my head is okay . . . no perm there . . left side still has about 3-5 inches of perm. =/
Originally Posted by pprMACHEheart
Well that sucks, just get a natural hair stylist to cut your hair even, that will be your best bet. Even though you may not want your hair to be a short length, it will be healthier for your hair for it to grow out evenly. Or you could where a protective style until you get the length you want.
Originally Posted by Amazinnatural
It does suck, but I have come to terms in knowing that is what`s best for my hair. I`m just awaiting my curliversary (August 27th, it`ll be two years since I decided to transition) and then I`ll get the cut. I`ve been avoiding heat for the summer, just doing twist outs, conditioning, and letting my hair air dry.
last relaxer; 082708, BC; 081810, CG; 122410
high porosity, med/coarse texture, high density, color treated
condish;TN, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair stylers; Heaven in Hair, DevaCurl Curl Cream oils;Castor Oil

YTChannel: http://www.youtube.com/user/papiermachecurls


I recently purchased Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose conditioner and LOVE it! I am trying to find a leave in conditioner that will not dry out my hair or give it that crunchy feeling. Any suggestions?

Also, I have decided to transition for at least a year and wanted to know if any of you long term transitioners have any tips and staple products. My new growth is super thick and I'm having difficulty managing the two textures. I have noticed that after washing, the permed ends are dry even after I condition. What can I do about that?

I have about 2 or so inches of new growth, but it's hard to tell. I know i have a loooong way to go since my hair is a little past shoulder length. I do not want to cut it and am not using heat to style it.

Please help me deal with this. It's hard! lol



Last edited by RachelleNicole; 07-28-2010 at 10:57 AM.
Currently 8 months post.. Haven't had any major issues yet.. Pre-poo on dry hair with a conditioner mixed with Wheat germ oil and Hempseed oil and my hair comes out so soft and I find if I pre-poo this way then my tangles are easy to manage also.. Steaming also help with detangling.. November with be 1 year since my Relaxer not quite sure how long I will transition.. I just want enough so I can put my hair in a puff..
I am only about 3 months post. I'm already having some issues. I have very dry and VERY thick hair. I can't seem to keep it from being crunchy and dry for more than an hour. It's really upsetting to hear a rustling sound when I touch my hair.
I am terrible at coming up with cute protective styles as well; the hair at my temples is already thinner than the rest of my hair so I'm trying not to pull it back too often or tightly.
...I'm definitely a newbie. Haha.
My transitioning journey was a hot mess! But I am so happy that I kept going. Please keep it up. You can see my journey on my blog Mrshairdown.blogspot.com
Braiding was the best solution for me eventhough I didnt care to much for braids. After a while it was just to hard to keep my hair straight and if I kept messing with it, I would not have hair. I don't know if this would help but that was the case in my situation. You can go ahead and check out my blog: mrshairdown@blogspot.com for pictures...
I'm back!!

I have a plan that should help me get through my transition.

I am currently on my way to 4 months post...right now i'm almost 14 weeks post.

My plan is:

-Flat iron my hair every two weeks to get me through the rest of the year.(which means wash my hair and deep condition it, blowdry and flat iron every two weeks)...and i have mastered the technique to make me look 2 weeks post!!!!....the secret? less product and tiny sections.

-On the weeks i am not wearing my hair straightened i will rock flexi-rod styles.....i have done this before and its so easy and i love the way they look on me OR I will have my sister braid my hair up.

I have long hair so i can style it in different ways as i am on my long term transistion.(3 year goal)

For some reason i cannot do too many braidouts...my hair tangles up from these...but the other styles above as well as bunning will be my styles of choice

This time i'm READY!!!!
100% natural finally. I BC`d today. My hair feels wonderdul.
last relaxer; 082708, BC; 081810, CG; 122410
high porosity, med/coarse texture, high density, color treated
condish;TN, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair stylers; Heaven in Hair, DevaCurl Curl Cream oils;Castor Oil

YTChannel: http://www.youtube.com/user/papiermachecurls


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