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    Mistakes of a Transitioner

    I came across this article on www.curlynikki.com that explains some of the small (but vital) details of transitioning. I am a big fan of doing your due diligence (meaning research) from various sources and learning as much as you can from them before starting your transition. Yes, you can decide on a whim that you want to transition, but that's only part of the process! I know you want to "dive right in", and that's GREAT, but it's just as important to learn everything you can...first. Read, read, and then read some more! ~ Necey

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2013/05/tr...stakes-of.html

    As with any journey, transitioning presents its own unique challenges. While everyone’s experiences are different, it can be helpful to see how others have navigated through the process; all in the name of networking.

    Disrespecting the game

    As the journey of transitioning is underway, it is important to recognize the hair that is still relaxed while respecting the new texture. Carrying on as if the modulation process is not taking place could have a negative impact. The inability to commit to the new coils in your life and putting up resistance to allowing them the freedom to do what comes “natural” will prove to be futile. You must come up with an entirely new plan of action for this step in the journey. For example, blending the now two textures will be a breeze if you chose styles such as twist outs and bantu knots vs. a straight style.

    Using the old to address the new
    Transitioning not only applies to your hair journey but also the products you use. It is debatable whether or not it is an absolute necessity to use only natural hair products for natural hair, however, certain ingredients have proven to benefit textured hair that are not contained in many non-natural commercial products. As your new hair grows in it will require a new regimen that addresses its needs. You will find that as the transition approaches completion, it is possible that you will switch products yet again. Paying attention to your strands and how they respond to certain ingredients will be essential to a successful process.

    Lack of due diligence
    Jumping into any commitment without doing your due diligence puts you directly in the path of failure. Researching the logistics of natural hair care will save you a lot of heartache and assist in the overall management. There are countless websites, blogs (uh-emmm *clears throat), and You Tube channels dedicated to the topic.

    Using the wrong tools
    Relaxed hair and natural hair have different demands so it stands to reason that some of the tools used to manage those needs will be different.
    (example: wide tooth comb)

    No deep conditioning
    If deep conditioning was not part of your relaxed hair regimen, it needs to be an integral part now. Since natural hair is inherently dry, extra care to infuse moisture is important and including deep conditioning in your new regimen is one way to achieve this.

    Not taking advantage of the versatility

    During my transition I didn’t appreciate the versatility that came with it and I forgot to have fun with it by trying new looks. When I wasn’t flat ironing the hell out of it, I was doing wash and goes and that’s it. A few times I flirted with the finger coil method but for the most part I only entertained wash and go’s….boring.

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    Good info miss luv. Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tria View Post
    Good info miss luv. Thanks for sharing!
    You're welcome Tria! They're ALL true!

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    Wow good points thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by neceyluv View Post
    You're welcome Tria! They're ALL true!
    Yup, I definitely violated a few of them. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tria View Post
    Yup, I definitely violated a few of them. lol
    Hahahaha! That's OK! I'm sure you didn't do much damage, especially since you caught it early. Phoebe will be fine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neceyluv View Post
    Hahahaha! That's OK! I'm sure you didn't do much damage, especially since you caught it early. Phoebe will be fine!
    lol, yes she will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neceyluv View Post
    Using the wrong tools
    Relaxed hair and natural hair have different demands so it stands to reason that some of the tools used to manage those needs will be different.
    (example: wide tooth comb)
    [GUILTY]

    If anyone remembers my experience with a simple paddle brush to detangle my hair.. Yeah, that was a nightmare on wheels I never want to go through again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZuriWynter View Post
    [GUILTY]

    If anyone remembers my experience with a simple paddle brush to detangle my hair.. Yeah, that was a nightmare on wheels I never want to go through again!
    Oohh yeah, I think I do remember that!

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    yes I agree. I am transitioning now and before I started I did a LOT OF RESEARCH!!! Honestly transitioning has been more of a fun experience than stressful for me

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