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Post by *CurlyNikki* on 23rd April 2010, 2:25 pm

Post pics and tales of your hair 12 months post!
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Post by bholmes87 on 23rd April 2010, 7:35 pm

Love this idea Nikki!!! Well I'll have to upload pics a little later but onto the stories:

- It took a looooong time for my curl definition to come into its own. I thought that I would have the same curls that I had while I was transitioning and boy was I wrong! After the BC (in December 09) my hair was very sporadic. Only a few parts of my hair seemed to have a real curl pattern and the rest was just frizzy and thick. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved it like that!! I love you I have learned to love my hair as it moves into every stage because it's not going to stay the same as it continues to grow (my hair's name is Chlo "The Fro" Bella afro)

- My hair was EXTREMELY dry during my 1 year transition!! Not always, but most of the time I was struggling for moisture. After the BC I guess I expected moisture to just be there without any more work. Wrong again!! lol but I'm going into my 5th month post BC and 17 months since my last relaxer and like McDonalds I'm loving it!!!!!
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Post by Intelligentbeauty on 25th April 2010, 2:42 am

When I first BC, I loved my hair instantly. I transitioned for 1 yr and was mentally transitioned as well. I was on the blogs and reading about all things natural hair, I took pics of my transition, and even kept a journal for products and treatments that worked and didn't work, and regimens. So I was so ready to see what God had blessed me with (because He makes no mistakes). During the transition, I did NOT judge my hair or try to classify it. I just let is grow and be as I nurtured it with weekly DC and treatments. I was open to embrace whatever texture or curl pattern growing out of my scalp because I know it was unique to me, only.

Now that I am going into my 2nd month post BC. I am so glad I did the BC. I had some moisture issues in my first month but thru regular deep conditioning, treatments(henna, amla, bentonite,etc), and keeping my products as natural a possible (no mineral oil, sulfates, petroleum,etc). My hair has said thank you with soft, moisturized, and healthy strands of hair.
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Post by CrissyQ on 25th April 2010, 11:48 am

pics please ladies.
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Post by Intelligentbeauty on 25th April 2010, 1:55 pm

RoseBud wrote:pics please ladies.

yes ma'am

For my pics, go to my fotki. I have alot of transitional styles in there. I haven't updated all of my BC styles yet. But all my transitional pics are there and wait for YOU [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by Muz on 23rd May 2010, 4:04 pm

I'm 12 months post relaxer today! Woo hoo! I did the BC yesterday so I'm no longer transitioning, but I'm glad I decided to wait a year (almost ~lol~) because like IB I was mentally transitioned to the point where I cut my hair off yesterday and I woke up today and didn't hate it, in fact once I started twisting it I absolutely loved it. Now starts the fun part of learning how to do my 100% perm free hair Smile
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1 year 2 months and counting!

Post by missjamaica83 on 27th May 2010, 10:14 pm

I am 14months post relaxer and on my 12 month anniversary of transitioning I did a mini chop. I scheduled an appointment today to have my remaining relaxed ends cut in 2 weeks. I am very happy and proud of myself that I have come this far on my journey. I am looking forward to learn the do's and dont's of maintaing my natural hair while continuing on Phase 2 of my hair journey.

My reason for transitioning???? I dont have a concrete reason. Prior to my last relaxer my entire department at work got pink slipped so to prepare myself for interviews I had my hair relaxed after a 4 month stretch. As the months went by and no job offers I decided what the heck let me just keep on stretching. I then researched transitioning and here I am 1 year and 2 months later.
During this period I learned and am still learning how to take care of my hair myself. I was going to the salon every 2 weeks to get it a doobie and every 3 to 4 months relaxed. I have been to the salon 3 times since I made the decisioin to transition. I have no regrets of my decision even though not every hair day was a GOOD HAIR DAY. I never gave transitioning much thought before, because I never knew so much info was out there to help guide me.

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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by LearninToLove on 22nd June 2010, 7:18 pm

Ooohhhh, so your curl texture has to take a while to get straight? I just mini-chopped on the 18th all the hanging ends after a wash and I seem to only have fuzz left with the occasional curl here and there. I'm just wearing it in fro's and maybe two pony tails if I can stretch it that far back.
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2nd time transitioning long-term

Post by jenerett on 23rd June 2010, 3:03 pm

Hi everybody!

This is my first posting and I will be sure to add pics later. This is my 2nd longterm transition. The first time my hair was BSL and it took about 2 1/2 years to fully grow it back out to the same length, no BC. How I transitioned was by washing, deep conditioning and flatironing it about once a week and getting it trimmed every 3 months. That was a very easy way to transition because you don't have to really deal with the two textures and the time really flies by because you don't have the annoyance of two textures because they are both straightened so they blend together. The flat-ironing didn't mess up my curl pattern and my hair was in great health. I only used heat that one time during the week when I washed it.

Well, after I took the 2.5 years to grow it out with no BC, I learned about the RUCK anti-curl. It's a texturizer that lossens your natural curl pattern slightly and eliminates frizz. I'm a 3c and it took my hair to a 3B. I had a great 5 years with RUSK, my hair was very healthy, no breakage, it was wonderful. In the winters I would flatiron it and I would wash and go all summer long to give it a break. My hair grew almost waist length. I would only get the Anti-curl touched up about every 4 months. But 5 years of coloring it, the RUSK anti-curl, bleaching it, flat ironing, etc eventually took its toll.

So May 2009 I started my second transition. I just had my one year anniversary. I haven't done a BC, I just trim it about every 12 weeks. I'm hoping to transition for two years and in May 2011 to BC. When I started my transition in May 2009 my hair was just grazing my shoulders and now I'm somewhere between APL and BSL. Half of the length is natual and other half has the Anti-curl. For some reason the part of the hair that has chemicals isn't 3B like it used to be, its really straight and flat so I've been doing braid outs once a week.

That's my story. Good luck to everybody out there.
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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by dyamonds10 on 23rd June 2010, 3:46 pm

@ jenerett wow!! can't wait to see ur bc in may 2011
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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by BeautifullyMehh on 23rd June 2010, 6:13 pm

Hello Everyoneee;! I am fifteen. I decided to go ALL-NATURAL! But, I have only managed 2 months post relaxer, almost 3. I want to know how you guys got so far. What did you do during the beginning of your transition for a lot of growth and such? Any suggestions?
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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by TyraB on 30th June 2010, 6:53 pm

Hey guys! I'm 17 and i have just made 1 year of transitioning on the 20th of June. Im so happy i went on this journey and I'm excited to have fully natural hair. I have no intentions of returning back to the creamy crack again!. I recently did a half chop so the back of my hair is completely natural.. soon enough all of the relaxed ends will be gone!

you can check out my Youtube for videos and pictures of my journey Smile
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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by Tmochava on 2nd July 2010, 1:45 am

I made my 1 year of transitioning today!
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Post by Renny on 4th July 2010, 2:42 pm

Tmochava wrote:I made my 1 year of transitioning today!

Congrats, do you know how much longer it'll be before you're completely natural? Planning to BC or grow those ends all the way out? Any products your loving?
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Post by Renny on 4th July 2010, 2:44 pm

TyraB wrote:Hey guys! I'm 17 and i have just made 1 year of transitioning on the 20th of June. Im so happy i went on this journey and I'm excited to have fully natural hair. I have no intentions of returning back to the creamy crack again!. I recently did a half chop so the back of my hair is completely natural.. soon enough all of the relaxed ends will be gone!

you can check out my Youtube for videos and pictures of my journey Smile
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Fabulous for you! Your so fortunate to have done it so young.
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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by Tmochava on 5th July 2010, 8:12 pm

Renny wrote:
Tmochava wrote:I made my 1 year of transitioning today!

Congrats, do you know how much longer it'll be before you're completely natural? Planning to BC or grow those ends all the way out? Any products your loving?

I'm trying to shoot for one more year before I cut off my relaxed ends but I'm loving my hair so it may be sooner than that. The products I'm loving right now are Qhemet's moisturizers and my spray mix. They really keep my hair soft and moisturized.
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Post by Gado-Gado Gal on 24th July 2010, 9:54 am

Today is my 1 year transitionversary!! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

I am still so excited about this because I have been discovering new things about myself, meeting new beautiful people, and feeling like as I'm growing out of my old hair I'm also growing out old baggage too. Like old bad views of myself. I see myself transitioning for at least another year or longer because I am loving this journey.

TyraB and BeautifullyMehh, I wished I'd been as confident and intelligent as you when I was 15 or 17. But I am still happy to be on the same journey with you. Yay all of us!

No pics today, but I'll try to get one in the next day or so.
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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by SherylsTresses on 1st August 2010, 10:30 am

SherylsTresses checking in at 1 year post. I've waited sooo long to submit this post...!!!
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Post by Gado-Gado Gal on 2nd August 2010, 6:26 am

Welcome SherylsTresses!
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Post by NFW_THA_QUEEN13 on 2nd August 2010, 12:53 pm

I've officially been transitioning for 1 year Since yesterday!
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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by SherylsTresses on 3rd August 2010, 9:41 am

Gado-Gado Gal wrote:Welcome SherylsTresses!

Awwwe thanks Gado-Gado Gal. I've been posting on LHCF but I'm glad to be here....!!! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]


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Post by SherylsTresses on 3rd August 2010, 9:42 am

NFW_THA_QUEEN13 wrote:I've officially been transitioning for 1 year Since yesterday!

Congats!
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Re: 12 Months Post Relaxer

Post by Bjanelle on 4th August 2010, 5:46 pm

It's a shame but that is what my hair looks like after 12 months of transitioning. I am happy to say it's been 12 months but unfortunately I have yet to see the curly locks I was expecting because I was ignorantly blow drying and flat ironing my hair every two weeks. I hope the word gets out to early transitioners that flat ironing your hair through the process is a very bad idea. It will definitely set you back tremendously. However to finish on a positive note...my hair is definitely healthier than it would have been had I kept a relaxer.
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Post by willi77 on 24th August 2010, 11:34 pm

Hey Ladies, I'm only 3.5 months post relaxer, but I'm thinking about BC on my one year mark of transitioning. Tell me what got you so far and what is you average lenght with shrinkage after one year. Thanks...

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Post by Tmochava on 25th August 2010, 4:04 pm

Bjanelle wrote:It's a shame but that is what my hair looks like after 12 months of transitioning. I am happy to say it's been 12 months but unfortunately I have yet to see the curly locks I was expecting because I was ignorantly blow drying and flat ironing my hair every two weeks. I hope the word gets out to early transitioners that flat ironing your hair through the process is a very bad idea. It will definitely set you back tremendously. However to finish on a positive note...my hair is definitely healthier than it would have been had I kept a relaxer.

Its still healthy and thats the point, congrats on your one year mark!
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