it is up to the individual but sometimes massive breakage and matting pushes people to stop transitioning sooner than planned. Also people like myself don't have the desire or patience for a long transition. After 4 months I had had it. When I was done I was done and I wanted the relaxed hair gone. For me an early bc was the best decision. I would rather learn to take care of my natural hair than my transitioning hair which can be a whole dif animal. I can't even give much transitioning advice because I barely had one. each person has to find what works best for them.
Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it.