9 Month Transition to Natural Hair Update

June 25, 2009

Transition to Natural HairThe transition to natural hair is moving along fine. I’ve been spending more time on wash days detangling and styling my hair. So now I tend to schedule it for a day when I know I can allot a few hours just towards doing my hair. Treating it like a spa day has worked much better than trying to rush through it. I’ve said it before on here… A long transition to natural hair calls for patience and I’m way too far in the game to start acting crazy now.

Twistouts are still my go to hairstyle. I’ve been keeping my hair in box braids during the week and I’ll do flat twistouts for the weekend. If I need to go somewhere I’ll pull the braids into a bun hairstyle or wig it… depending on how I’m feeling that day. It’s just too hot right now for me to be doing my hair everyday. I’m still not sure about my texture… except the fact that I love it and can’t wait until I decide to cut these thin relaxed ends off. I do know that it’s very thick, but that’s not a real surprise because it’s one of the few things I actually remember about my natural hair.

Twistout HairstyleMy search for organic and natural hair products is also continuing. I’m specifically looking for more natural hair treatments like deep conditioners and anything to help me with my moisture/protein balance. The hair products I find around the house (olive oil, eggs, and apple cider vinegar) have been my best friends too… which reminds me that I need to start posting some more hair recipes. And I’m still doing the search and destroy method when it comes to trimming my hair. And I’ve noticed since I rarely use a comb, brush, or heat in my hair… I no longer find a bunch of split ends. Seriously, I think I’ve reduced my split and damaged ends count by 300%. I check weekly going strand by strand in sections and rarely find any when I do. I talked about reducing the use of combs and brushes in one of my black hair care tips article a while ago. And it really works. The less I manipulate my hair, the better. I even tried washing my hair in braids last week, but it didn’t work as well as I thought it would for me. It may have to do with the two different textures because it still took me the same amount of time to detangle my hair. Anyway, I won’t be trying it again anytime soon.

Other than that… nothing else has really changed. I did decide to start doing my flat twistouts with eight twists instead of six. I went out with a friend of mine last weekend and my hair looked a mess because it wasn’t totally dry when I took it down. So I will be modifying that.

As for the blog, I’m not sure about how often I will be posting. I don’t think I want to post everyday because I don’t have the time and only want to post when I have something useful to say. I’ll probably go to updating about two times a week and stick to that. I have a few topics regarding hair growth and black hair care that I want to explore soon… Along with more hair product reviews, books, and hair inspiration photos. Whatever… I’ll get to it :)

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DNLee July 5, 2009 at 1:53 am

thanks for the support for Antarctica http://tinyurl.com/DNLee-SouthPole I too am a natural hair girl, have been for 10 yrs. I’ve let it grow long these last few yrs, which means more challenge for managing it. But my overall style is curly fro – leaving the hair big and puffy. I pull it back behing a headband or wide open band. I like twists, but think of that style as more formal and reserve it for ‘special’ occasions when I need to dress up.

Dani July 5, 2009 at 2:06 am

You’re welcome! I was admiring your hair when I was on your blog earlier. I’ll do a post on the blog to support you for the contest in the next few days :)

Danielle July 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Hey I’m loving the site and you hair. I’m transitioning right now.It has only been about a month for me. my last perm was in early June 8 and then July 8th I choose to go natural. Those pictures are from only 9 months transitioning? Did you do a BC or just cut your relaxed ends off when your hair got to the length you wanted?

Dani July 18, 2009 at 9:36 am

Hi Danielle! Congrats on your transition and thanks for reading my blog. Yes, the pictures are from nine months of transitioning… but I haven’t done my BC yet. I’m doing a long transition to natural hair for at least 2 years before I do the big chop.

Tee September 10, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Hi everyone,

I have recently decided to go natural. My last relaxer was in July and at the time I got my hair braided with extensions. I just took out the braids and I tried a weave for the first time but I just did not like it and it was too tight. I wore a hat today but I have to return to work on Monday and I do not know what to do with my hair.

From the nape of my neck to 4 inches up my hair is natural because of the style I had when my hair was relaxed. I have about 5 inches of relaxed hair on the top of my head and on the sides I have less than 4 inches of hair. I want to continue my journey to natural but I am finding it very difficult because I do not know what to do with my hair. I thought about more braids but my scalp is very sore from the weave I just took out. Furthermore, I have thin balding edges so I am not sure how my hair would look if I did the big chop because I have less than a half inch of new growth. Any suggestions.

Dani September 25, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Hi Tee,

Wigs have been working best for me. I cut the combs out and use bobby pins to make sure they are secured to my head. And I either do a cornrow hairstyle or box braids underneath. Twistouts, buns, and bantu knots are also recommended as easy transition hairstyles. Good luck on your journey :)

Azeeza October 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm

so i dont know if im not looking correctly because ur hair seems to look just the same..do u have naturally curly hair already? mixed breed perhaps?

Dani October 15, 2009 at 3:43 am

If I chose to type my hair according to Andre Walker’s system, I would be in the “Type 4″ category. The pictures that are displayed in the post are the result of a twistout hairstyle.

Last, I’m a Black American and so are both of my parents. The “mixed-breed” comment is highly offensive. I’m sure people who recognize themselves as biracial or multiracial would not appreciate being described as a dog.

FYI: Insults and other terms I deem as derogatory will get you banned!

Lorraine October 31, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Thanks for the hair care journey. I’m starting my journey to natural hair too and am looking for helpful tips, advice, pictures, etc. I am multi-racial and find it more appealing to be all natural, especially as I age; so long as I do it gracefully. I’m so tired of limp, overprocessed hair and equally tired of seeing all the artificial hair and nails. As a RN, I think it is important to take good care of your health including hair and nails. In the long run, it seems like being all natural will prove to not only be most beautiful but most healthy. So, please continue to share your input towards what I call, natural beauty. Thanks.

tahishia December 12, 2009 at 1:42 am

I AM SO PROUD TO SE A SIGHT SUCH AS YOURS. I TO AM GOING NATURAL. I HAVE TRYED IN THE PAST BUT HAVE GIVEN UP AFTER 4 MONTHS. WHEN I READ STORIES FROM ALL THE OTHER SISTERS GOING THROUGH THE TRANSITION IT IS ALOT EASIER TO DEAL WITH. I THINK WOMEN WHO GO NATURAL ARE BEING TRUE TO WHO THEY ARE AND THAT IS BEAUTIFUL. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE. GOD BLESS AND AGAIN THIS IS A WONDERFUL SIGHT.

Jacinda December 21, 2009 at 10:00 am

I am truly inspired by your nine-month transition to naturally beautiful hair. I am encouraged more now than ever to begin the transition from relaxed to natural. I have been relaxing my hair since I was twelve years old and the results over the years have been extremely damaging to my hair. My natural hair as I remember it is very thick and tight curled sticking close to the scalp. I am longing to have that natural texture back because the relaxer has only made my hair brittle, dry, and unhealthy. I tend to have a lot of breakage whenever I come my hair and I am upset about what the relaxer has done to my hair. I have decided to use braids as a protective hairstyle while my relaxed hair is transitioning into its natural site. I have a few questions if you don’t mind answering: 1. How long should I keep my braid hairstyles in while I am transitioning like if I get conrows should I leave it in for a month and then change the style? 2. How can I make a natural hair conditioner and shampoo with products I have at home any homemade recipes would be great because I don’t want to spend too much on hair care products when I can make them for less at home. 3. How often should I wash and condition my hair? 4. How often do I need to trim my ends? 5. Lastly, how do I prevent breakage?

Kaylah December 30, 2009 at 6:07 am

Tips for an easier transition….
I have curly naturally long fine hair that is very thick, I’ve tried relaxers, texturizers, and hot combs but all seem to be lacking the results I want. As of now I’ve just gotten my hair relaxed and its about 6 weeks into the relaxed stage, and I’ve decided to go natural without the heat or damage of chemicals. How can I make it easy on my hair with the transition from relaxed to natural without braids?

Dani January 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

@ Lorraine and Tahishia – Thanks for your support!

@ Jacinda – 1. It’s really up to you how long you leave them in. When I get cornrows or braids with hair added, I leave them in for 4-6 weeks. If the styles are done with solely my hair, I’ll take them down between 2-4 weeks.
2. Check the Hair Recipes section for natural hair care recipes.
3. Again, that’s going to be up to you. Sometimes I wash my hair a couple f times a week, but I’ll also go up to 2 weeks depending on how my hair is styled.
4. In my opinion, you should trim or cut your hair on an “as needed” schedule. But if you use heat regularly on your hair, I think you should trim your hair more often.
5. Keeping your hair moisturized, using protective hairstyles, frequent deep conditioning, and low manipulation will help to prevent hair breakage.

@ Kaylah – The only way to make it easy is to find out what works for your hair (ex. hairstyles, hair products). Develop a hair regimen and stick to it.

Raven February 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Hi, I’m 19 and have recently decided to go natural. My last perm was back in September but my mom has given me perms since as early as 3yrs old because I was so tender headed. I’ve been wearing my hair in weaves but recently decided to try the braidouts. I’ve been having trouble with them though because the natural and permed hair tends to tangle together, the natural hair is very thick. I’ve been using jojoboa oil and grapeseed oil and have started co-washing every other day. Are there any helpful suggestions you could give me on how to make my journey easier? It would be really appreciated :)

Dani February 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Hi Raven! My tips are Patience, try to limit manipulation, protect your ends, and deep condition often. Congrats on your decision :)

lesha September 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

Hey girl(waves hand) Well i decided to go natural after taking weavr out my head. It was so messed up and i start cutting as much pf my realaxed hair off. I think I did an excellent job. This is the third week and im trying to develop a routine. My type is 4a and a little bit of c. I am so confused should I wash every other day just starting off. Are there any good tips to give cause im completly lost right now

Audrey July 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I am 4 mo post relaxer and thinking about transitioning i am in the army so I am very limited when it comes to hairstyles. Now i only wear my hair in buns everyday and days im off i simply plat my hair ends or the usual bun. I dont do braids because i am way too tender headed and i found that braids dry my hair out to the point of no return. I do not want to chop all of my hair off i have been making so much progress now i dont want any huge setbacks. I feel if im going to loose most of my hair i might as well keep my hair relaxed and continue going forward. My goal is for healthier fuller hair. More than what i have now.

Wanda July 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

My daughter recently cut her hair down to the new growth. She always had wavey hair and looks really cute. My own hair is becoming soft and I have not had a perm since November, 2010. I am growing my perm out but my hair won’t hold a single curl and it is very dry. I have about 4 inches of new growth. My daughter is encouraging me to cut the rest of the perm out. But my natural hair is not like hers and I don’t think I will look cute lik she does. But my hair is now a mess and something must be done!!! I’m also thinning at the edges. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thank you.

1w/0Eq July 20, 2011 at 9:13 am

I’m really glad I found your website! I have been transitioning for 8 months now. I have yet to cut my relaxed hair off and was hoping maybe you could tell me about some “go to styles.”
Your blogs are realistc and I relate to alot of the things you said. I love the fact you use house hold ingredients!!!
Please help me :-)

KATRINA October 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I HAVE ONLY BEEN TRANSITIONING FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS AND HAVE AN INCH OF NEW GROWTH ON TOP AND SIDES AND TWO INCHES IN THE BACK. I CO-WASH MAYBE TWICE A WEEK AND ACTUALLY WASH AND DEEP CONDITION EVERY TWO WEEKS. A HAIR STYLE THAT WORKS FOR ME IS A ROLLER SET. ITS A PROTECTIVE STYLE THAT CAN BE DONE AT HOME WITH EITHER SPONGE ROLLERS IF I GO TO THE SALON I GET PERM RODS. I LOVE IT BC U CAN’T TELL THAT I HAVE TWO TEXTURES. I ONLY PLAN ON TRANSITIONING 6 MONTHS THEN BIG CHOP. I’M EXCITED

Lorna :( October 29, 2011 at 7:18 am

Hi
I’m glad I found this website, right now I have a big dilemma.
I have been transitioning for ten months and my hair is very thick curly and hard to manage but I didnot get any breakage as I used to trim frequently. I straighted my hair one day, then few days after I end up with so much stress and frustration that I went back to relaxer. I should have done more research maybe but instead of been happy I now regret it, as I prefer my hair to be natural and the worst thing is, my mum used to put my relaxer on in the past, put it the wrong way which means my hair is now one inch relaxed down the roots then three inches natural then my relaxed ends is down my back. Really don’t know what to do if I relaxed my hair it will be waist lenght and if I don’t I might get frustrated with so many different textures, bcause I am thinking of transitioning until my natural hair grow back. Please can you give any suggestion shall I go back to relaxer or stay natural and fight with my different hair textures on a daily basis or have a big chop.PLEASE HELP!!

Ashlee November 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Hello, I’m going natural for the very first time. My last relaxer was in May. I’m deployed right now in Afghanistan and I chose this time to try the natural look. I’ve been trying for a long time. I would get three months in and then relax my hair. I’m almost all natural now, I have about a half inch of straight hair left. I was nervous at first because I have to maintain uniform standards. Right now I have it twisted in the front and the back in a afro. What are some other styles to do that I could manage in this envioronment?

Margaret December 1, 2011 at 5:13 am

Hello Danni thank you vety much for this informative blog my question is, should i start transitioning without braids?

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