How long did it take you to transition?

gymluvgymluv Registered Users Posts: 22
Hi everyone :)
I just started transitioning. I'm about one month post relaxer. I was just wandering how long did it take you to transition.


  • atx_eveatx_eve Registered Users Posts: 278 Administrator
    Hi gymluv :) The awesome thing about transitioning is that it can last as long as you want it to!

    Personally, I transitioned for about a year. But there really isn't a suggested or "right" amount of time. You thinking of being a long-term transitioner like I was?
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  • adthomasadthomas Registered Users Posts: 5,525 Curl Neophyte
    it is up to the individual but sometimes massive breakage and matting pushes people to stop transitioning sooner than planned. Also people like myself don't have the desire or patience for a long transition. After 4 months I had had it. When I was done I was done and I wanted the relaxed hair gone. For me an early bc was the best decision. I would rather learn to take care of my natural hair than my transitioning hair which can be a whole dif animal. I can't even give much transitioning advice because I barely had one. each person has to find what works best for them.
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  • RusycurlyRusycurly Registered Users Posts: 717
    Like others said it's up to you and how you can handle it. I'm still transitioning (2 years this month) and I think I'm gonna keep going for a while longer. It gets annoying and from time to time I get the urge to chop but the truth is that I love the length of my hair (almost waist) and I'm not ready to lose it. I've just been slowly trimming for the past 2 years and will probably continue doing so until I get rid of all the relaxer. Good luck!
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  • SCarrinSCarrin Registered Users Posts: 160
    It depends on the person. Some people cant handle the 2 textures and big chop right away, some people transition for years.
    I started my transition back to my natural hair in Feb 2011. At that time my hair was past my shoulders. About 10 months into my transition, I went for a trim and told my stylist to cut a little more than a trim, so I ended up with my hair to my shoulders. After that I just cut off some ends every few months till they were all gone.
    Next month will make it 2 years I haven’t permed my hair and I couldn’t be happier with my hair.
  • newseasonnewseason Registered Users Posts: 98
    Personally I transitioned for 17 months and just chopped last month. I absolutely love being natural and just couldn't wait anymore. But I am also glad I waited so long. I think I appreciate my hair more. I have been able to learn a lot about being natural during my transition which has been a tremendous help. Also I have never had short hair so I was unsure if I would like it (hubby wasn't feelin short hair either ; )
  • ornestacornestac Registered Users Posts: 19
  • nappilyevaaftanappilyevaafta Registered Users Posts: 31
    This is my 2nd time being natural. The first time I bc'd after 5 months but went back to relaxers after 7 months.(long story)..the second time around my plan was to do a 2yr transition but I chopped my ends off during month 11. I woke
    up and looked in the mirror one morning and decided it was time and haven't looked back since!!
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  • MeeNaturaleeMeeNaturalee Registered Users Posts: 7
    I transitioned for 8months & chopped it. I wanted to learn how to properly take care of my hair at all lengths & surprisingly it was a lot longer than I was expecting. One of the things that made me chop was researching & hearing about people's hair breaking off or not knowing what products to use so reverting back to relaxers. I didn't want to invest all that time & feel defeated or have to chop a lot because of unhealthy hair. 8 months was perfect for me. ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1358067444.075641.jpg
  • MeeNaturaleeMeeNaturalee Registered Users Posts: 7
    Ornestac I've only been natural for 4 months next week & I'm no pro but it looks like you're in the 3's.
  • JydalJydal Registered Users Posts: 178
    I am working on 14 mths transitioning. I am letting it go longer because i like to have the hair for leverage with certain styles.
  • rmc2rmc2 Registered Users Posts: 349
    One year or way less if you do a big chop rather than gradually cutting as roots grow.
  • FreddiBFreddiB Registered Users Posts: 1
    Hello all my beautiful natural ladies! I am new to this site, which I found after searching for inspiration and encouragement after almost giving up on my natural hair. I have been without a relaxer since April 2012. I did not do the big chop I am a transitioner and I was beginning to get really frustrated with my hair. I never knew that my hair was this naturally curly, so it's of a good texture but I'm not happy with the styles I am able to achieve with my hair. It's all very frustrating for me and I am close to giving up, I saw on someone's post where they said you have to transition your mind before you can transition your hair and that is sooooo true! So I guess you can say I am in the process of getting my mind right, so I can be strong and have beautiful, healthy hair!
  • SandiSandi Registered Users Posts: 364 Curl Neophyte
    I transitioned for 3 years.

    Yes, seriously, 3 years. I did my mini-chop right before my freshman year of high school, and though now I have the self-confidence to rock short curly hair, I didn't at the time. (Which I kind of regret... it's really flattering on almost everybody I see it on.)

    My hair was really never straight past the first shower when I had a relaxer though---it was always awful at holding the straightness, and it takes waaay to long to straighten my coarse/dense hair. Also, my hair keeps growing new layers, so I got a complete under layer of ringlets after my 2nd year transitioning, that basically made me do half-up, half-down styles alllll the time. :)

    I didn't figure out how to manage my hair until after I chopped it off, and my hair actually looked decent. By chance, I had also switched to cone-free condish (GTFN, which is no longer cone-free), and it had worked miracles on my cone-hating hair.
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