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Hi everyone,

I decided to go natural in November and January 3rd will be my third month going natural. My everyday regimen is pretty much putting cantu leave in conditioner and repair on my hair because its mainly up. When I wash it I wash it with creme of nature kiwi and citrus shampoo, but before I wash (i just now started doing this last week) I try to part my hair and sections and I put tea tree oil on it and olive oil replenishing conditioner on it for atleast 15-20 mins. I don't put any heat on my hair anymore and I get my ends cut regularly, I just have this feeling that I am missing something or I am not doing anything right. Please HELPPP!!!

Jasmine S.Bby
Hi and welcome to the transitioning world. I have decided to go natural last month as well. My last Relaxer was in October and I have shoulder length hair.
I have been staying away from heat too, so I wear my hair in twist outs or bantu knot outs. I like the bantu knot outs better since I can do those better. I use Shea moisture products from walgreens and Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in conditioner.
I got most of my information about going natural do's and don'ts from YouTube.
Keep in touch since we are transitioning at the same time. I will let you know of other products I use. Do you plan to BC? I don't, I want to transition for as long as I can.
Sorry to keep rambling, but I'm about to go to sleep, lol.

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Wow, finally somebody who is transitioning the same time as me
I haven't really had a go to style to try..and its so frustrating dealing with two different textures..but I don't want to bc yet until I get to a comfortable length,but I kind of want to transition for awhile as well.

Jasmine S.Bby
Hello! First of all, congratulations on your journey lady! Your doing good so far. I'm a little over 9 months into my transition and month 3 was very hard for me. Here is some things that might assist you:

Remember that your newgrowth has a mind of it's own so make sure that you are paying attention to it very much. It can get dry dry dry!

Try to strecth the newgrowth (preventing tangles) by braiding it in sections (after you wash it) and letting it dry after you apply your leave-ins.

But for the most part, you are on the right track by limiting heat, conditioning the hair, low-maipulation,and moisturizing your hair.

Just keep in mind that you have to listen to your hair and what its telling you. Good luck on your journey.
Thank you for the welcome and the tips, I appreciate it.

Jasmine S.Bby
I'm choosing not to use heat either on my hair. No blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron. I just wash my hair let it mostly air dry, then I put my bantu knots in. I go to my hair dresser ever 6 weeks to get a trim.

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I stopped using heat like last month and I dk what to do my hair is missing the heat(well I think I am...really) How long do you keep your bantu knots up??

Jasmine S.Bby
Since I work first shift, I don't miss having to wait on the curling iron to heat up! If anything, I might use it to touch up a couple of curls.
As far as my bantu knots, the good thing is they look great. The bad thing is, it's a one day style. You have to re-knot (I guess that a word) them every night. Unless you know how to "sleep pretty." That means push all of your curls to the top of your head, tie a silk scarf around it and try not sleep too rough. Lol! I've only tried it twice and I got lucky-I didn't mess my hair up to much. But those were the times I had to use a curling iron to touch it up that morning.
The bigger you make your knots, the bigger and looser your curls will be. The smaller your knots, the tighter the curls. I usually put about 8-10 knots. I've been wearing this style for about 2wks now. I want to try a twist out, but I haven't mastered how to flat twist yet.

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Last edited by induetime; 01-03-2012 at 10:43 PM.
I would try the bantu knots, but I don't want to wear them for a long time. I just wanna put them up for half a day then take them down. I haven't mastered flat twist either,but I have been trying two strand twist.(not yet mastered either) haha!! YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. So I have to keep pushing it.

Jasmine S.Bby
I tried flat twist last night before I web to bed, just woke up and I will take them out un a few hours. I will post a pic of how they turned out. I'm nervous, lol.
I hope they look decent, because I have a birthday party to go to today.

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My flat twist out...fail. I think it will work out better when I have about 5-6 inches if new growth.

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Your hair is long and you dnt really have alot of new growth....well it doesnt look like it from the pic....it seems like my new growth is really thick. How long have you been transitioning?? I will show you mine when I take my hair down from my hairstyle.

Jasmine S.Bby
My last relaxer was Oct 15,2011 (about 3 months now also). It's hard to see my new growth on my dry hair. I only have about an inch of new growth.
Here are see pictures of my hair when its wet, I took this pic a couple of week ago.

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Last edited by induetime; 01-08-2012 at 12:49 PM.
My last one was october 3rd but my new growth seem like its way thicker than yours. Lol we are two different people. Uhmm I don'r have any pics of my hair. Maybe next week.

Jasmine S.Bby
Yeah, you got your last relaxer before me. How often did you get your relaxers? I use to get mine every 4-6 weeks. Everybody's hair grows at different speeds. My hair history is it grows long but its not very thick.

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Yeah I figured that. I get a relaxer every 4-6 weeks.

Jasmine S.Bby
My hair history grows long and thick, but my hair was thin and long until I start doing it myself then it got short and thin lol.

Jasmine S.Bby
Oh wow, that's not good. Lol
I believe my hair was thin due to the relaxers. That's why I don't want relaxers any more, I always hated how my hair looked so limp. Now I get complements on my hair about how thick, and healthy it looks. Plus I've been taking the vitamins called Biotin for a while now, and that helps.

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I'll say that I'm still transitioning because I've got a little less than an inch of relaxed hair at the ends of my hair (everything else is natural).
I have not used heat on my hair in like, almost a year. My hair is like....really elastic-y right now. Also, it's so healthy that the owner of a hair salon asked me what I do with my hair. I go to her salon like once every week or once every two weeks and each time that I go, she sits by me once she's done with whatever she was doing and asks me what I did with my hair during the week and after I took down the braids or twists I got. It makes me feel so special lol

Here's something you might want to know. This'll help you during your transition:
  1. Look at the ingredients behind the bottles of products you use (and to cut what I'd have said short, go to this ingredients page , look for the ingredients and make sure you avoid products that have an ingredient that says, 'Avoid' below it on the list on that site, if your product contains an ingredient marked as 'Caution' on that site and that ingredient is either on the last row or the row above the last row, I guess it's alright, but don't use many products with that or use that product more than once or twice a week.
  2. Yeah, no heat, you guys know that. If you're itching to use your flat iron, straightener, curling iron, blow drier.... just throw it in the garbage bin or give it away, or in my case, just don't touch it (I have a blow drier right on the table with all my hair products on it, I haven't touched that blow drier in like almost a year, but it's been sitting right there at a table I go to daily).
  3. Find ways to style your hair with both textures AND DO NOT USE HEAT TO DO THIS! Do you want heat damage? Straight hair that didn't get straight due to chemicals, hair that'll be prone to split ends, damaged hair....
  4. I'm into natural/organic hair products. I use only natural oils on my hair, I DC (deep condition) with food (like fruits, sugar, eggs, mayo, bananas, avocados....), I once made my own hair products, like shampoos and conditioners (but I don't think I'm going to make my own shampoo again, well...until I find a good recipe that won't leave bits in my hair). I believe that natural should be used on natural. Or organic, on natural. I believe that that's healthy. You shoul dbe able to find some organic products (and people's thoughts about them and ratings) here
  5. Don't use shampoo every week. I wash my hair with shampoo once every month (or sometimes, once, every month and a half). Why? shampoo strips off natural oils and sebum from your hair leaving your hair dry. However, I do wash my hair with conditioner once every week or once every two weeks (depending on if I have a protective style and how long I'm keeping it in). Oh! and this is not gross in any way. Try it out.
  6. Keep your hands away from your hair! When my hair's out, I tend to like twirl it round my finger sometimes. This can cause frizz, like, just that, touching your hair even if just making twirls can cause major frizz. So, for like a week, I wore a scarf at night, at day, and I made sure I didn't touch my hair (but I did get natural oils into it before I started that and after that week).
  7. NEVER COMB YOUR HAIR DRY! Comb it only wet, quite damp, or wet/damp and with conditioner in it for good slip. This helps with detangling. You don't want to damage your hair's elasticity, or pull off your hair while combing, now, do you?
  8. Avoid having your hair brush against your shirt collar or your neck (well, avoid the ends of your hair doing that, if you can't for the rest)
  9. Oooh! take photos to document your natural hair journey!
  10. Comb your hair with only wide tooth combs, Ouidad Double Detanglers, Showercombs, Tangle Teezers and Denman brushes are alright too. You can use rat tail combs on your hair, but only when sectioning. Don't comb your hair with a rat tail comb unless you're ready to gradually go bald quickly (that may be a slight exaggeration, but still, it'll hurt your hair).
  11. Try balancing the pH level of your products
  12. Don't follow trends. If there's like a new product that everyone's running to, don't go throwing away your products and going to that because everyone else is. At most, get sample bottles and try it out first to see if it works for you before you go buying it. You don't want to waste your money on a product that doesn't work for you, now, do you?
  13. Crochet braids are a good hairstyle. I had them in for a while. With crochet braids, your hair'll be in a protective style, but you'll have hair of whatever length you choose our for you to style, do whatever you want with and as long as you don't pull at it, your natural hair is fine.
  14. Go through naturallycurly.com's search for whatever you're not sure about or want to know more about.
  15. Here are a list of natural hair YouTubers that I like (and hope you'll like too):

Hope I could help.
All the best, and good luck on your transition.
Things I use: Olive Oil, Canola oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, shea butter, mayonnaise, eggs, milk, bananas

Everything I use is 100% natural. I make most of them myself because then I'm sure what's in it and I'm sure nothing's added, it's pure, it's natural.

Things I avoid: Mineral oil (codename: Baby oil), heat (I'm a total, no hair driers, no straighteners, no curling irons, no flat irons, no hot combs...nada), sodium chloride

Growing plan: At least 6 inches longer in a year.
@induetime girl i've been wanting to take them.....do you like them and I cant swallow pills......shhhhhh don't let noone,know. Lol.

Jasmine S.Bby

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