Transitioners support thread

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Thanks, Sandi! <3 Trying to love my hair whatever the state they are will be the most challenging part on this journey, but i'll hang on because i'm really motivated to see what my real curls are throughout these stages. I've never saw them -really- natural since i was little so we're kinda like strangers.
As for the actual tips you gave, i'm surely keeping up the PT and the DT i was doing to trying and save my whole head before i chopped, i used CJ Curl Rehab as DT /Leave In and CJ Repair Me as Protein Treatment, speaking of which i don't really know how many times a month i should do it now that my hair's so short. Maybe...once a month?
I don't think i'm protein sensitive, i did PT before and they were good to my hair (but back then, they were either dyed or bleached) but again who knows what those strange straws will thing and do? XD i guess i have to try and learn, but if it turns bad i'll surely come here and woe with you on the protein sensitive boat.
I think i'm gonna trim every 3 months, unless i see the bleached ends completely fall apart and mess with my new growth, so i think i could be rid of it before the summer or maybe mid autumn, but i have no rush, unless i see that they mess with the growth health.
*_* My dream is to have long, healthy and curly strands, i'm not such a fan of short hair nor pixie cuts and such, but this was necessary and, to be honest, now that i'm here, i think i'll enjoy this stage as well. (Washing/Conditioning/Styling in less than 30 minutes it's a dream come true.)
Thanks, Sandi! <3 Trying to love my hair whatever the state they are will be the most challenging part on this journey, but i'll hang on because i'm really motivated to see what my real curls are throughout these stages. I've never saw them -really- natural since i was little so we're kinda like strangers.
As for the actual tips you gave, i'm surely keeping up the PT and the DT i was doing to trying and save my whole head before i chopped, i used CJ Curl Rehab as DT /Leave In and CJ Repair Me as Protein Treatment, speaking of which i don't really know how many times a month i should do it now that my hair's so short. Maybe...once a month?
I don't think i'm protein sensitive, i did PT before and they were good to my hair (but back then, they were either dyed or bleached) but again who knows what those strange straws will thing and do? XD i guess i have to try and learn, but if it turns bad i'll surely come here and woe with you on the protein sensitive boat.
I think i'm gonna trim every 3 months, unless i see the bleached ends completely fall apart and mess with my new growth, so i think i could be rid of it before the summer or maybe mid autumn, but i have no rush, unless i see that they mess with the growth health.
*_* My dream is to have long, healthy and curly strands, i'm not such a fan of short hair nor pixie cuts and such, but this was necessary and, to be honest, now that i'm here, i think i'll enjoy this stage as well. (Washing/Conditioning/Styling in less than 30 minutes it's a dream come true.)
Originally Posted by TheBlondieDream
Eh, I'd just say protein as your hair needs it. (Listen to your hair, as weird as it sounds.) You'll probably need a little more often than you used to though.
Also, as long as your bleached ends don't turn into split ends, your growth should be safe.
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Eh, I'd just say protein as your hair needs it. (Listen to your hair, as weird as it sounds.) You'll probably need a little more often than you used to though.
Also, as long as your bleached ends don't turn into split ends, your growth should be safe.
Originally Posted by Sandi
i think i'll get a PT (CJ Repair Me) every other week, and i'll try to listen to my hair, even if it seem we don't speak the same language.
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As for split ends...i think i've spotted one, already.
*sighs*
I told the stylist not to leave the bleached ends..and now i don't know what to do...i think i'm having a breakdown.
For the past few years I hve been gettin my hair chemically straightened. I hve 4c hair that doesn't curl or wave, doesn't shine and just looks like a ball of fuzz and feels course and dry like steel wool. Even he strands themselves are like horrible zigzags that don't sit in locks together, it's literally just like an Afro but with a lil more weight. When I shower it does curl but doesn't stay like that.
My hair is a lot of work and I don't know how to handle it
I've read about co washing but haven't done or yet as I'm worried that it might not be suitable for the straightened ends of my hair ...? I have abou 4 months of regrowth.
My biggest concern is I don't want to have to put gels and mousses on my hair for it to look nice. Isn't there something that I could apply that is natural that I don't have to worry about washing out ?
I'm married and I'm concerned about looking nice at home for my husband so I want hair that looksand feels good all the time.
Please help. I wan to stop hating my hair and not have t live life without ever being able to wear a pony tail or leave it out.
For the past few years I hve been gettin my hair chemically straightened. I hve 4c hair that doesn't curl or wave, doesn't shine and just looks like a ball of fuzz and feels course and dry like steel wool. Even he strands themselves are like horrible zigzags that don't sit in locks together, it's literally just like an Afro but with a lil more weight. When I shower it does curl but doesn't stay like that.
My hair is a lot of work and I don't know how to handle it
I've read about co washing but haven't done or yet as I'm worried that it might not be suitable for the straightened ends of my hair ...? I have abou 4 months of regrowth.
My biggest concern is I don't want to have to put gels and mousses on my hair for it to look nice. Isn't there something that I could apply that is natural that I don't have to worry about washing out ?
I'm married and I'm concerned about looking nice at home for my husband so I want hair that looksand feels good all the time.
Please help. I wan to stop hating my hair and not have t live life without ever being able to wear a pony tail or leave it out.
Originally Posted by Marwah
I know with my hair before I cut a large amount of the damage off, it was the same way. It was a constant state of fuzz that just generally sucked and made me miserable. Depending on how comfortable you are, I would suggest a mini chop to cut some of it off so there isn't as much weighing you down. I also twist my hair and then bobby pin it until the ends stay together, and wear that with a headband for a day or two before unraveling them and wearing it that way. It masks a lot of the damage that I have left, and since the ends are still very loose I can't just twist and go, so I pin them up before bed with some gel/cream with hold.

Hope it helps.
Also I was excited with new progress, so I figured I'd share. The top of my hair is finally actually curling again! It only took a little over a year -.- but it looks a lot better finally. The back is still so much tighter and is a z-pattern in some spots so I fight with it frequently since it doesn't match the rest of my coarse and more damaged hair (it's a lot more fine and fragile).
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A few years back before going chemical I did that and just found I looked like a mushroom.. Lol
Thank god I've looked after my hair and found it easier to do so when te straightening so its healthier than it's ver been. Do u co wash and Have u found it's makes a big difference ?
I cowash in the winter when my hair and scalp is dry, and I use heavier oils to seal. I also wash less frequently because I can get away with it. In the summer my sebhorric dermatitis acts up horribly and I have to at least run water through my hair to loosen use scales a few times a week, and I cleans my scalp once or twice a week. I had problems with weird hair shapes as well until I began cutting my own hair. I get it shaped once or twice a year to get my layers back properly but that's it.
Don't know whether transitioning from Japanes straightening counts, but I'm here after 3 years continous straightening, hoping to learn to love my curls once again.

At the moment, my curls at the back of my head and underneath are showing promise, but I have some major straight hair happening in the front. Help Me!!!!!
Who are your favourite long term transitioners to follow on social media? What helped you through the journey? I am currently at 17 months post relaxer and finding it hard to continue until my 2 year mark. Looking for new inspiration
Hey guys, I wish I'd discovered this forum when I was transitioning. Thanks for the post it was really informative. When I was transitioning I discovered that less is more and I wish I had a thread like this to simplify things.
I did the big chop and my roots are pin straight
Such a great thread! I wish I had this much info (all in one area) while I transitioned
I transitioned for just over 18 moths and have been fully natural for 9 months now.
Check out my YT video on my natural hair journey
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Including why it took me sooo long to decide to go natural, why I transitioned instead of big chopping and how I got through 18 months transitioning
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