Transitioning Files: One Year Post Relaxer

Transitioning Files One Year

On April 24th, 2016, I made it to one year post relaxer!! This is a pretty monumental feat for me considering I used to relax my hair every 8 – 10 weeks. The last time I made it to this mark was almost 10 years ago. I was natural and I went the ‘big chop’ route. No Bueno.

How do I cope?

To maintain my hair, I’ve been doing the bare minimum. I try not to manipulate it too much. I’m still sticking to my basic regimen and I’m remembering to use protein. For styling, I’ve been trying curlformers and other curly styles.

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My major issue is that I can’t get the curls to last more than a day. I tried setting foam and gel. The foam helps a bit but it still frizzes. The gel makes my hair a bit hard but I think I use too much of it. What do you use to maintain curly styles? For now, I will use the curly sets to stretch my hair. Lately, I just keep my hair in two flat twists and take it down every few days to moisturize my hair.

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One year celebration or nah?

Remember last month when I said I wanted to visit TasalaHQ for a silk press and a trim. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go this month. I scheduled an appointment with another salon for an updo. I have an event to go to and an updo will be a better match. Hopefully, I will be able to go soon. To be honest, I am a bit worried about going to the salon because of my transitioning hair. I really don’t want to encounter any setbacks. On the plus side, it will be nice to have my hair professionally done.

My natural texture

My natural hair is the longest towards the back of my head. My hair tends to grow pretty well there and it doesn’t break as easily. The shortest part is towards the front. It’s not surprising with my recent hair loss issues. I can’t really assess my curl pattern because it’s different all over. I started to notice some waves towards the front of my hair. I mentioned before that my hair strands seem to be growing in thicker. I still have quite a bit of relaxed hair left. It’s shortest at the crown because I tend to experience more breakage there.

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I plan to go another 6 months with my transition. If it keeps going like this, I think I will be able to handle it.

How did you transition to natural?

Other transitioning updates: 10 months | 11 months