Hair Care Diary: 26 Months Into Natural Hair Transition

December 11, 2010

Natural Hair TransitionMy last update consisted of me ranting about how I’m going to start straightening my hair more… Well, guess what? After all the noise I made I straightened my hair once… for my birthday. It’s just been so much easier for me to rock a co-washed ponytail lately. It only takes 5 minutes, and I just can’t resist… And I’ve been too lazy to do anything else :)

The only other staple hairstyle that I’ve been wearing is a flat twistout (pictured below)… Maybe about once or twice a week. Sometimes it turns out great, other times it looks like… blah. But it always looks better than the ponytail, lol.

Transition HairstylesOne issue that I’m dealing with is if I should attempt to define my curls or leave them as is. My best friend suggested that I use a list of products and some scrunching method. Honestly, I don’t have the time and it seems like too much work. My fro hairstyle looks fine too me… I’m really in love with it! It takes me all of 5 minutes to do my wash and go in the shower, but I might give her suggestion a try at least once in the future.

Last, I’m still dealing with single strand knots. The only solutions I know to combat them are too keep my hair stretched or start using heat. Decisions, Decisions. And before I forget… is going to undergo a huge change sometime during the first quarter of next year. That means more frequent postings, features, videos, and a few other things :) So stay tuned! For now… Please join me on Twitter @hairmilk… And that means I’m actually tweeting and not just using it for an additional blog feed ( *coughs*, that last one was for Tocarra. Ha Ha!).

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Tocarra December 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm

It’s about time girl. Your twitter was looking a hot mess :) How long is your hair now?

Jacey December 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Dani, I’ve been following your blog since you started. You have made amazing progress during the last two years. This site is an inspiration for all pursuing a long transition versus the big chop.


Hottie Hair Salon - Las Vegas December 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

You have beautiful hair, well you are beautiful already but love your hair!

rachat de credit December 16, 2010 at 12:20 am

You’ll want to add a facebook button to your blog. I just bookmarked this article, although I had to complete it manually. Simply my $.02 :)

- Robson

Dani December 18, 2010 at 2:13 am

@ Tocarra – How did I know you would be the first? Lol. I think it’s right above BSL. I’m trimmed it on a whim a couple of days ago.

@ Jacey – Thanks Jacey!

@ Hottie – Thanks!

@ Rachat – Hit the share this button under the post next time. There is a FB option on it.

sarah December 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

don’t scrunch! it’ll just create more frizz. try shingling or smoothing product through your hair to define the curls.

Lisa December 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Sarah is right about scrunching. I took someones advice and tried it and it left me with a head full of frizz and matted curls.

Rylee December 28, 2010 at 5:42 am

I’ve been toying with the idea of going natural after having one bad relaxer too many. I’ve gone through all of your posts, and I’m so thankful I found this! I’m excited to rediscover my natural texture, and hopefully grow my hair out past my shoulders for the first time ever! I don’t think I wanna do a long transition, but it’s way too early for the BC. Can you help me out with some tips on getting started?

Thanks so much for this site! I look forward to your next update!

SmilingElephant January 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

So glad to see you’re still around….and still transitioning!!!I am now on my 8th month and i just have 10 more months to go….why on earth did i say somewhere else that i have 9 more months??….sorry i was just thinkin out loud….anyway…like you my blog is starting to undergo some new transformations as well…..i started yesterday…..but how long are you planning to keep transitioning?? Your hair looks like its all natural now!

Keep Up the Good Work!

Lola January 21, 2011 at 3:07 am

You look great. If this is easier and you can still look great, keep it!! :)

Steph January 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

You have beautiful hair. My hair is pretty wavy and I should start wearing it naturally, but I am addicted to straighening it all the time. I feel like wearing my hair curly takes a while to get a perfect curl. I love the way my hair stylist does it at the salon. Keep up the good work!

Sylvia January 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

It’s amazing to see the progress you’ve made. It’s pretty tempting to straighten our hair ’cause then it feels nice & soft..BUT it ain’t the best in the long run..Keep it up! :)

Hair Loss Vitamins February 15, 2011 at 12:15 am

Looks like you’re doing really well. Congratulations! Treating your hair so well now will pay off in the future! Keep it up!

manescoop February 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I love the curly hair!

Wholesale March 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

I say define your curly hair. It’s your natural hair structure so just give it a boost. And invest in products that will make it bouncy and shiny :)

Peter Coppola March 25, 2011 at 2:23 am

Beautiful hair should be maintained. This should be taken care of every day. Constant good hair care will make your hair healthier. Thanks!

Irev March 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm

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supra skate shoes April 5, 2011 at 2:36 am

You have beautiful hair.i like .

Viva_1 April 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I am currently considering STOP the permin my hair, any suggestion for statrting that process

Viva_1 April 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I would like to stop the prem. Do you anyone have any suggestions how to get the process started………………………..

Olli April 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Hey, how do make the parts for your twist outs?

I don’t know if it’s one of those things you just get better out but I keep catching hairs when I do twistouts or my partings end up running way wider than I want them to. Sorry, it’s kind of badly worded, lol.

Natural Growth Oils April 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I went into Walmart yesterday, and I have a bad habit of counting young women that wear weaves. It is so unbelievable. Our culture is not what it use to be. I wish we had a warning on hair extensions and other techniques that causes ALOPECIA (hair loss). Just like alcohol and cigarettes, those packaging has warning labels. Excessive and extreme tight scalp braiding can damage your roots-even glue, sometimes irreversible. Sometimes I blame the entertainment world then again who knows how this trend became so loosely.

Jemima April 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

Hey I make hair safe hair clips and hair accessories!! I wad wondering if you could put my button up!!

LaTosha Brown April 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm

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Jameskahon May 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm

What a great hair transformation. This great and amazing. Its encouraging everyone. Hope you could post more about this. Thank you!

alan May 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm

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blanche May 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I made the transition from relaxing to natural hair. What I did I plaited my hair, and wore a half weave to commencing the growing my ‘natural hair’. It is now four years, I stopped wearing the weave (which I only used for things like official appointments – during my transition – now no more, I am natural ..alleluia…celebrate with my everyone, I AM NATURAL AMEN.) completely very early this spring (2011). I had a lovely natural curly Afro (I loved it), I do not have a lot of close friends, so I did not have to put up with ‘yes’ ‘no’ not nice etc. I felt very confident with my natural tight curled locks, I feel ME. I am very proud of myself, and thanking God my blessings for my lovely lovely hair, it looks like your ‘afro hair photo’. Sometimes, I section it in four, and twist the folds secure with some safe edged hairpins, and lovely coloured hair bands (I love hair bands, especially my lime green and buttercup yellow ones).
I would say, natural is best. I will never relax my hair again.

Kitgana June 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Wow, its amazing. You look pretty with your new hair. I like it.

hair re-growth for men June 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Congratulation to you. Thank you for sharing your hair life. I like it.

Loves happy r&b music June 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Did anyone mention how beautiful these pics are. Inspiring

Loves happy r&b music June 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Just imagine there’s a question mark where there should be and all will be well.

Atkispuk July 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

My hair single knot’s just like yours, and it really gets irritating . What I do now to prevent it, is put several large braids in my hair at night to keep it stretched. But btw you have gorgeous hair!!!

Md Mahfuz Ul Islam August 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Wow. really an awesome transition in such a quick time, You have done an excellent work with your hair.

DeltaGyrl August 18, 2011 at 12:28 am

i like your hair very nice…………………..:)

Amy @ Snap on Feathers September 11, 2011 at 2:28 am

babe i think you look great with either hair style. Gorgeous shots!

Vanessa September 30, 2011 at 2:05 am

Your hair straight or in curls both looks flattering. Single strand knots are the worst. The only way to avoid it is to hold hair in place if you don’t stretch or straighten. Congrats on the growth.

nelson peltz October 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Great Post! such a nice blog. This blog is ever amazing. Thanks

hair products October 20, 2011 at 5:57 am

very nice hair..beautiful hair transformation.

All care tips October 22, 2011 at 4:53 am

Hey u looking stunning..nice transformation.

soapnshampoo November 28, 2011 at 7:23 am

i love smooth & silky hair it look’s beautiful.

soapnshampoo November 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

i like kurly hair. but both the style for u it’s great. u r looking beautiful.

Rita December 4, 2011 at 10:57 am

I think you look great with and without straightened hair. I don’t think you should tame your curls .. they looks great naturally.

Dstarks December 18, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I agree that your hair is very pretty natural and straight ,when you want to straighten it and it last a little you should try the mizani thermasmooth system they made it just for this purpose alone! great product!

UMI January 4, 2012 at 1:12 am

Thank you. A very good article. It made ​​me realize many things. Make me more beautiful

Angela Brown January 12, 2012 at 2:18 am

Thanks for this valuable post. It help me to modify my look.

CrimsonDoll1991 January 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I really love your fortitude in being able to transition your hair for such an extended period of time. It requires a great deal of patience and knowledge to maintain a healthy head of hair through the process. I began my natural journey transitioning for ten months before making my BC due to breakage from tangles. What tips or advice can you offer to others considering going natural but opt for transitioning rather than cutting?

Thank you for any advice you can offer. You have beautiful hair that will be an inspiration to many.

Susmita Sengupta January 27, 2012 at 4:42 am

I must change my hair style by incorporating these tips

Vashti February 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Hi I’m new to your blog. I’m also transitiong from relaxed to natural. I’m five months with no relaxer and my hair is BSL and is similar to your hair type so this is inspirational for me since I don’t want to do the BC.

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