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My transitioning journey: thoughts and experiences

My transitioning journey thoughts and experiences

I always knew that I was not  going to have a long transition, since the time I made my decision to go natural. My main reasons were that I wanted to ‘see’ my hair grow from teeny weeny to wherever my goal is and secondly I missed having short hair. I last cut my hair 10 years ago and I’ve been growing it ever since. So after 30 weeks (roughly 7.5 months) I big chopped. My hair is not as short as I thought it would be. I have some length to play around with. It’s  only been a week and a bit since the big chop, so I haven’t  had time to play around much.

I wanted to write this post now before I forget how my transition was, so here are a few of my thoughts and my experiences:

I protective styled for 13 weeks of my transition, the last style was the bobx braids which I had on for 7 weeks. After those  7 weeks, I had my hair out for 3 weeks. During those 3 weeks, I struggled with my hair – it was sooo dry and getting it to retain moisture was nearly impossible.

Towards the end I did not have a lot of shedding, but the breakage was more than it should be and I think I can attribute that to the dryness.

Detangling also became a mission, I would spend about 45 minutes detangling my hair.

To be honest, my hair started to look ugly to me, on one end I had this thick natural hair on the other I had thinner chemical processed hair. I didn’t like having it out much. That’s when I did used my trusty wig in week 27, I also did hairstyles that help to blend the 2 textures, I did a perm rod set and a bantu knot out on week 28 and 29.

If you do plan to transition, I think protective styling should be your BFF. In my opinion, keeping your hair away is the best strategy, you must still carry on with moisturising routines and wash day routines though.

what are your foolproof transitioning / long stretch tips?

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4 Comments

  • Reply Joie

    I am still transitioning though. My relaxed ends dry faster during wash days, while my new growth will still be very wet . And yes, protective styling with wigs is really helping me to transition with less stress.

    December 8, 2015 at 18:22
  • Reply Bonolo

    Uh yes to hiding the hair! I was struggling with blending the two textures because exams and lack of planning my protective style regimen. But yes, still transitioning too and I hope to make it to at least a year (that’ll be in April) before coming over to the other side.

    Next on the foolproof list is sachet dc’s (thanks Lungi) and getting a wig for lazy days 🙂

    December 8, 2015 at 21:33
    • Reply Lungi

      Hey Bonolo, protective styles will definitely get you to the 1 year mark. All the best!

      December 13, 2015 at 13:12
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