anonymous_1037anonymous_1037 Registered Users Posts: 213
I am transitioning, and I need all the advice i can get. Tell me about good regimens and great products. And i just found out my hair type is 4A and not 4B like i thought.


  • Flower princessFlower princess Registered Users Posts: 608

    How to Make the Transition to Natural Hair

    There are a few basic ways to make the transition to natural hair. The simplest is to just cut off the permed hair and live with a short hair style for several months. This is the boldest way. But, takes the least amount of work and there's no worry about breakage.

    • Cut off the relaxed hair- depending on how much new growth and your preferences you have a few styling options. You can wear a TWA (tweeny weeny afro) or twists (two strand or comb twists) pretty easily with almost any length hair. For other styling ideas, see or
    • Braids and/or extensions- you can have your hair braided until it grows to a length where you feel comfortable cutting off the new growth and going with other styling options
    • SisterlocksTM- SisterLocks can be started with one and one half inches of new growth at the scalp. They are similar to dread locks but with a look more like micro braids or very small twists. They leave you with many styling options. For more information (including pictures) go to
    • Other Transition Styles- see below for more ideas of styles to wear while making the transition from relaxed to natural hair.
    If you are going to try to maintain your length while transitioning, keep these things in mind. Your hair is very fragile during this time. Handle it as little as possible and make sure you keep it well moisturized. Sleep with a silk cap or scarf at night to prevent friction on your pillow and to maintain moisture in your hair.

    How Not to Make the Transition to Natural Hair

    Transitioning to natural hair in other ways, like pressing the natural hair as it grows in underneath the relaxed hair, are going to make your hair prone to breakage and can damage the natural hair you're trying to grow in. Products that claim to revert permed hair might make it frizzy, but are not going to really make it natural. You do not want to put chemicals on top of chemicals in your hair. You will only end up damaging the hair and get even more breakage than you would experience otherwise. While transitioning, try to find a style that will accommodate the new growth coming in like twists or braids.

    Finding a Natural Hair Transition Style

    This may be the biggest challenge of all about going natural (besides the comments from your friend and co-workers). How do you style your hair when it's very short or when some of it is nappy and the rest is straight. There are several options. Here are a few:

    • TWA- do the Big Chop and just wear a Tweeny Weeny Afro
    • Braids or SisterLocks- SisterLocks can be started with as little as 1-1/2" of new growth at the scalp.
    • Two Strand or Comb Twists- simple yet effective. If you decide to cut your hair, you can just use some styling gel (like Black Earth's Lock It Up Gel) and part your hair into sections. Either twist on a comb or take two strands and twist them around each other. Your hair can be worn like this for several days before having to re-style. CAUTION: Hair that is left twisted for too long can begin to lock. So, unless you want locks, take it down every once in a while.
    • Straw Set- this is a great style if you want to keep your permed hair. The tight curls make the different textures (your roots and ends) less noticeable.
    • Crinkle Set or Twist Out- by braiding or twisting your hair using a setting gel, you can create a wavy/crinkly look that minimizes the different textures of your hair. This is a very simple and very cute style. You can wear your hair in twists or braids for a while, then remove them and wear the "twist out" look.
    • Flat Twists- basically the same as cornrows. The difference is you use two strands of hair instead of three.
    For other styling ideas visit
    How To Do a Straw Set

    As your new growth gets to about an inch or so, you'll really begin to notice the transition between the natural hair and the permed hair. This hair style protects the hair by minimizing strain on the place where the hair is most vulnerable because you can just "finger comb" your hair. It might take a little while when you first try this. But, as you get practice, this style doesn't take that long to do.

    You will need:
    • A pack of plastic drinking straws
      • For slightly larger and looser curls, use small perm rods- available at many beauty supply stores
    • End papers
    • Bobby pins
    • Black Earth Crinkles & Curls or other setting lotion (make sure it's alcohol free)
    • Light hair oil
    Step 1: Shampoo and condition your hair and blot dry with a towel.
    Step 2: Part you hair into 1/4 to 1/2 inch sections
    Step 3: Place end papers on to ends of your hair.
    Step 4: Roll your hair onto the straws or perm rods and secure it with a hair pin.
    Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 until you have finished your entire head.
    Step 6: Dry your hair under a hooded dryer.
    Step 7: Gently remove the straws and separate the curls.
    Step 8: Spray with a light oil and continue to spray with oil on a daily basis.

    How To Do Flat Twists

    You will need:
    • Comb
    • Black Earth Crinkles & Curls or other setting lotion (alcohol free please)
    • Bobby pins
    • Shampoo and condition your hair and blot dry with a towel.
    • Part your hair using a rat tail comb to make the parts clean and straight.
    • Put styling gel onto hair for greater hold.
    • Separate the section into 2 strands at the hairline.
    • Wind one strand over the other, picking up hair as you move down the section.
    • Secure the twist with a bobby pin placed parallel and underneath the twist.
    • You can either twist right to the back of your head or leave hair out at the ends and roller set or straw set.
    How To Do the Twist Out Look

    You will need:
    • Setting lotion (Black Earth Crinkles & Curls or Treasured Locks Locks of Curls Pomade & Gel are perfect for this)
    • Hair Oil (any good hair oil will do- Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum, Hair & Scalp Elixir are great)
    • Wet hair
    • Add oil
    • Braid hair or twist it using the setting lotion
    • You can wear the braids or twists for a day (or two or three)
    • Remove the braids and leave the hair crinkly for a few days
    • Wear a cap at night or rebraid to maintain the style
    Try this product for your transitioning!

    Good luck!!
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  • mariag002mariag002 Registered Users Posts: 3,557 Curl Neophyte
    happy 4b wrote: »
    I am transitioning, and I need all the advice i can get. Tell me about good regimens and great products. And i just found out my hair type is 4A and not 4B like i thought.

    Congratulations! How many months have you been transitioning?

    I transitioned for 10 months before cutting off my relaxed ends. A tiny afro was not an option for me so I waited till I had 5-6 inches of new hair growth before I cut off like 14 inches of relaxed hair. Some people cut it every few months and transitioning can take a year or two, others cut all their hair after a few months. Whatever works for you.

    Besides all the styles mentioned below, I personally had two ways of transitioning - I washed my hair and left it in a ponytail. I rollerset to make the two hair textures look like one. I used flatirons, but on a low setting and always used a heat protector spray. As far as products, I used Aphogee protein treatments every 4 weeks and a deep conditioner treatment once a week. I stayed away from gels because my relaxed hair didn't look right with it.

    Good luck!
    - Maria

    Big Chop: 9/23/07
    Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

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