bees with natural hair…how did you transition?

posted 3 years ago in African-American
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Bunni0929:  Well the first time I went natural I transitioned and the second I big chopped. Both have pros & cons I felt for me so this was my experience. The first go around I had many frustrating days that meant bad hair days. I was in highschool at the time and didn’t know much about hair care but transition for almost a year befor cuttign the last bit of hair that was permed off. My hair started to break because of the the extremely different textures. I made it through with alot of braided styles and also curling my hair (very messy) just to give texture and popped on a headband and maybe do a loose curly messy updo. The seconf time I went through alot of crappy products. I cut it all off after stopping perm for lil under a month just needed a lil bit of new growth. I loved it short as in about a 1/2 inch long and curled up…. when it started growing out was my awkward phase. I have full cheeks and it made my face look HUGE lol. I am the type that the less the better with my hair. So once I find something I like I tend to stay with it. Also my hair tend to grow faster when I do minium to it. I honestly use whatever shampoo that is in the house so can’t help much about that however. I LOVE creme of nature argan oil intensive conditioner I use this to deep contion/treat my hair… its affordable and smells amazing and thinking about gettign the rest of the producs in the line for my hair. My FAVE tho is the kinky curly knot today that thing has my hair feeling so soft & smells soooooooo good. I like the curling custard but feel that it may not be for everyone and takes forever to dry. I feel it’s on the expensive side tho but I’m willing to pay for it because I love it soo much. Other then that I love my oils I tend to use coconut oil, argan oil & olive oil mostly. I never comb my hair dry and when I do style I wet the hair a bit with a water, conditioner and oil mix. Protective styles help …honestly alot of them seem a bit dated when I first started out about 7 years ago I stick to buns mohawk updos, twist with afro kinky (if I want it last more than 2 weeks) & box braids (the last two can be styled in many ways). My hair is pass bra strap length but could have been longer if I took better care of it in the beginning (also I color my hair and it tends to dry it some). Trim as needed. I wash my hair every 2 weeks (weekly started to give me a headache and my scalp is sensitive) and treat deep condition every month. Hope this helps and more natural bee can help you with your journey.

Post # 5
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110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Bunni0929:  I have had natural hair for 2 1/2 years now. I let my hair grow out for about 6 months before I chopped off the relaxed bits as it was getting to look a bit nasty with different textures and breakage. I kept a short afro until my hair grew long enough to style into updos. I recommend using coconut oil mised with shea butter to keep your hair moisturised. Read blogs like Curly Nikki for some tips on how to maintain your hair. Natural hair is delicate and needs lots of of TLC:-).

Before I went natural this time, I had done it 3 years prior to that. That time I just had everything shaved off and rocked a shaved head. I was working on a mine and needed something low maintenance and easy to maintain, heheheehe!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

When I thought I wanted to go natural and was transitioning(8 mos.) I co-washed plenty with Aussie Moist, detangled under running water with the same conditioner. Any additional combing was done with Kinky Curly Knot Today and on damp hair only. I wore lots of braidouts, twist outs, buns & flexi rod sets with Smooth N Shine Curl Activator Gel or Lustrasilk Curl Maxx Mousse. I only shampooed if I felt that I had buildup and needed it, I use Aphogee Shampoo for Damaged hair. I didn’t have much breakage & I felt that I got the most growth/managability with adding heat to my deep conditioning, I deep conditioned with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle treatments weekly and oiling my scalp/massaging about 3x’s weekly. If you don’t already have a protein rich diet, you may want to add more to your daily intake. I use a protein treatment every 4-6wks, Aphogee 2 Step or Aphogee 2minute Reconstructor. Keep your body hydrated.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

When I initially went natural in 2007, I transitioned with microbraids. For three years, I was natural but my hair was damaged due to too much flat ironing. Then I decided to do a big chop in 2010, I had 4 inches of hair all over. A little over 3 years later, today my hair is close to waist length.

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Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Bunni0929:  I did protective styles for about a year and a half before I did the big chop. I did weaves, marly twists, whatever protective styles I could get my hands on! It was better than having to deal with 2 textures and it worked well! I big chopped in 2012, my growth is coming a long slowly but surely. As far as products, it took me a lot of trial and error to find things that worked for me hair. The liquid, cream, oil method works well for me. I use water and aloe vera juice as the liquid, shea moistures shea butter conditioner as my cream and leave-in and then i seal it up with castor oil. I use a mix of coconut oil and rosemary oil for pre-poo. I hope some of this is helpful to you, best of luck in your natural hair journey!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I transitioned for four months before doing the big chop.  While I was transitioning, I wore bantu knots and twists so I could get used to seeing my hair in kinky styles.  Once I big chopped (December 18, 2008) I used eco styling gel and Aubrey Organic’s Honeysuckle Rose.  I still swear by my AO but I now use Kinky Curly Knot Today as well as homemade mixes of shea butter or coconut oil mixed with natural oils. 

Post # 11
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536 posts
Busy bee

@Bunni0929:  I have very porous hair (sucks up water but is very, very dry). The method that works best for me is “spritz and condish.” Basically, you spritz dry hair with water, section it and add conditioner (good time to detangle). Leave the conditioner in for 20 or 30 minutes, then co-wash in the shower and do your normal conditioning routine. It is MAG-NE-FICT! For my hair, at least 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Honestly, when I went natural over 10 years ago, I had no real idea how to take care of my natural hair. I just did what came natural to me.  I never thought about cutting my hair off so a big chop was never an option.  I just let my hair grow out.. who knows how long that took.  my hair tends to groe fast and I have always had what some consider long hair (past my shoulders) so I never really took notice.  I kept y hair mainly in braids and braid outs in this time but no one in my family understood why I would want to go natural but I endured.  I was just tired of spending all that money on relaxing my hair and going to the salon every 2 weeks.  It wasn’t worth it anymore and I felt I could take care of my own hair or should at least learn.

Anyway, I did not take the best care of my hair.  At that ime there was no real place for me to go to get advice and of course no youtube.  I took care of it for a while but I have so much hair and thick hair, it got to be so much work.  I was washing almost everyday and it just took too much effort.  I had no idea about all these different ways to take care of natural hair that would help it not only maintain health but grow.  I was lazy with my hair and it wasn’t until recently that I took to youtube and found a plethora of videos on taking care of natural hair.  I learned a lot

I am not one for products or names so I use what I find works for me and what works with my budget.  But there are a ton of products out there that work.  Everyone’s hair and texture is different so what works for one person might not work for another.  I have always been into protectic styling but had no idea that was what they were called.  So I would keep my hair in braids and when it was time to wash, do a braid out.  I would put them in twists and do twist outs.  What I learned mst though is about deep conditioning and how to lock moisture in my hair, which gets very dry.  I learned about sulfate free shampoos, co-washing, oils to moisturize your hair and all the different hairsyles I can do with natural hair.

Now I wash about every 2 weeks (I can go a month if I am feeling paricularly lazy but never more than that anymore).  I use what they call the LOC method which is liquid/leave in, oil and a cream.  I detangle gently 9I used to be so rough with my hair, not anymore and I try to finger comb first and tools I use are my wide tooth comb and a denman brush). And then I two strand twist or bantu knot my hair.  I leave it in twists and style it that way (I don’t like leaving my hair out because again it is a LOT of hair and can get tangled easily and that is more work to detangle). 

I make sure to moisturize my hair every night if it feels lile it’s getting dry or every other night with water and my leave in and my olive oil.  my leave in is awesome, laves my hair so soft and makes it easy to comb through and has argan oil in it, which I heard is very good.  And I wradp my hair up every night.  my hair has grown… not really sure how long it is as I have not put any heat on my here since November 25, 2012 (day of my wedding).  I try to do length checks and it seems to be (without it being straight) mid back length.  I am going to flat iron it in August and I will get a better idea of how long it has grown since I started taking care of it better.  I love doing my hair now, it’s fun and I love seeing the progress.  Plus my hair feels healthier.  It only took me 10 years LOL hahaha.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Oh I self trim but I don’t over trim.  I trim when I feel I need it.  And I just measured a strand of hair and it was 24 inches… I could have sworn I measure just a couple of months ago and my hair was about 15-17… Not sure how accurate any of that is as I have not put any heat on har in a while but we’ll see soon enough.  I think though, once you get the hang of taking care of your hair, instead of it being a chore, it’ll be like a hobby.  I know the transitionging phase can be a little rough but I really didn’t have too much of an issue with it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I had my hair braided every 3 months for 3 years gradually cutting off the permed ends. My hair never grew back as “normal.. the front is straighter and thinner than the back which is ultra-thick and kinky, but I like it. Until I damaged it with hair dye and heat…not sure what to do now – lots of shedding, thinning, and breakage.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

I sucked it up and cut off as much as I could stand to lose. I read a lot about different types of braiding, used mixed chicks products and stopped shampooing unless absolutely necessary, and then only using sulfate free products. My hair grows hella slow, so I’d very occasionally flat iron it to change it up. Deep condition, baby your ends, get silk wraps, and distract yourself!!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

I grew my hair out and gradually cut off the relaxed ends.  When I started I had 8 to 9 inches of relaxed hair.  At the end of the 3 years period of being natural I had 9 t o 10 inches of all naturual hair.  The transition process without the BC was quite the challenge especially when I got to the 6 to 8 month period of not relaxing my hair.  I mainly wore my hair back in a bun for three years. LOL! It took me mayabe 1.5 years before I finally had a core line of products that I used in my hair.  In the end I loved my texture.

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