This is my second attempt at transitioning.  The first time around I did the "big chop" and locked. It took 8 months for my hair to lock because of the texture of my hair.  After 4 years I cut off my locks and wore my hair short and curly. As my hair began to grow I once again had my hair relaxed "big mistake!". Now, here I am again longing to be natural.  Determined in my spirit but feeling pressured from family and friends to not attempt this process of wearing my natural hair.  I know my family and friends mean well but this time around I must stick to what will ultimately make me happy.  I haven't had relaxer in my hair since April so I'm on my way. I've been reading everyday about different products as well as reading reviews and other stories. I understand that this is a process I just wished those around me understood this as well.