Transistioning can be very very difficult. I completely understand. I just hit my 6 month mark and I plan on growing my hair out at least 2 years. I'm not planning on a big chop...just taking the ends off slowly. I've been getting through my just french braiding my own hair into cut styles. Currently, I have in kinky twists and I've had them just over a month. I oil my scalp every day or every other day with Vitamin E oil or Tea Tree oil and spray daily with braid spray. You have to make sure you don't neglect your hair even though it's in braids. As stated before, I KNOW THIS CAN BE HARD, but even though we don't know each other, we are still here to help.