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10/8/15 11:37 P

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WOW! The BIG CHOP seems to have become the rite of passage when transitioning to natural hair. That must mean I am taking the road less traveled, lol! Then again even when I perm my hair, I still take the road less traveled. My hair is permed 3-4 times a year, no more than that. The better conditioned I keep my hair, the longer my perm last and the more manageable my new growth.

@DEWELL2, what do you use to condition and manage your locks?

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

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10/7/15 2:55 P

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I've been natural several years and just cut it off (Big Chop) when I wanted to go natural.

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7/28/14 10:04 P

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I restarted my natural journey in November last year. I love my natural hair and it grows fast. Much easier for working out. I just cut it all off from 12" and started low 1/2". Some people are not ready for such a drastic change. However I am a cosmetologist for many years and I hate delaying the inevitable.

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2/24/13 4:25 P

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There are a lot of routines on Youtube, so thank you for sharing who you follow. I'll have to check some of them out!

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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2/24/13 2:16 A

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It has been almost 4 years since I did my big chop and yes it was one of the greatest things I have done. My hair is down my back and it is the healthiest it has been since being a young child. Most of the time people ask me my routine and I say I now practice the Curly Girl method and follow a lot of Mahogany's videos on Youtube. Over the years I have tried many things and products this one has worked the best for me and I love it. I still do my two strand twist to reduce shrinkage when it dries. You will find your own practice sooner than you know and there are tons of videos out there to help you on your journey. Feel free to send me a message if there is anything I can do to help. On my facebook page I do have some pictures of my hair journey. I only flatten my hair once a year on my birthday for a length check and trim. It has become a tradition for myself and my friends they look at my page every year lol. Enjoy your journey!

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2/13/13 7:35 P

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Oh my gosh, a book?!? I'm 54 and like you I've had relaxed hair for over 30 years. The last attempt was the longest I have gone to date. Do tell me more about this book!

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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2/13/13 12:33 A

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emoticon I call my hair wash and wear, the best thing that could have ever happen to me. Had a relaxer for over 30 years. Natural for about 6 years. Just love it. Only handle my hair when it is wet. I use my own mixture of shea butter, coconut oil, aloe gel and essential oils. My hair when it is wet is down my back and I am 65 yrs old emoticon . I did get a book on natural hair though that help me in the beginning. Best of luck. I just love have natural hair

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“If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you got.”

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.”


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2/10/13 5:43 P

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Hard...I don't know but it is a learning experience. I relaxed my hair for so long until familiarity to my natural hair was limited to new growth. The first lesson I had to learn was to be patient with my hair and the process (finding what really works with my hair; how I perceive myself and how other perceive me). Just as our healthy lifestyle journey means more than what you eat and physical activity, so does transitioning to natural. I've tried several times and I'm back at it again only now I have more knowledge and I'm enjoying the ride! emoticon

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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1/30/13 8:11 P

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I am starting to think about going natural. Sick of flat irons and relaxers and all that. I am just worried that it's gonna be so hard!

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1/27/13 10:39 P

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If you come across any worth sharing, please do so. After years of processed hair etc, we're all experimenting. Who knows what info will lead to another step closer to reaching our hair goals.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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1/27/13 9:31 P

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I am doing well with my hair. I can't believe April will be a year without a relaxer. I had braids but now I am experimenting with my natural hair. I curl it by twisting my hair and then putting the twist into bantu knots. I still have a little bit of relaxed hair at the ends which will be cut off eventually. I am learning a lot about styling and products from a lot of videos on youtube and blogs on going natural.

Thank all you ladies for your advice.

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1/27/13 8:28 P

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Looking forward to hearing how you are doing!

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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1/25/13 9:37 A

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Hi I want to go natural. I have to see. Right now I have box braids with extenstion. Will see and keep you posted....

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12/10/12 3:03 P

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I posted this on the other team as well, but just in case you miss it.

emoticon on your decision. I was transitioning then slipped back to my perm (duh...don't ask me why) but I'm back on that path again.

Other than a few oils/butters (i.e., coconut oil, shea, cocoa, tea tree, EVOO, peppermint) which I use in a variety of combinations or added to other OTC products, I don't usually endorse a product. As children of the African Diaspora our hair already has different textures, and with the addition of chemicals from relaxing, we truly have to pay attention to how our hair behaves with the products we use. If you like the products you are currently using consider adding some of the oils that help to product and condition hair as you wear them.

Attached are articles from other sites that should help with your transition:

www.treasuredlocks.com/natural-hair-
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www.blackhairplanet.com/blog/transit
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I'd love to hear what you decide to do.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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10/4/12 10:36 P

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Don't forget your coconut oil and your favorite essential oils+co-wash. Try not to leave them in over 5 weeks. How's your weight lost going? I'm going in the wrong direction. I need to get back on track. Good luck on your hair journey. I love the uniqueness and versatility of our hair.

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10/4/12 9:54 P

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I am not opposed to them at all. My next chop will be in a few weeks and then I plan on getting box braids immediately after. Thanks for the suggestions.

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10/4/12 6:44 P

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Are you opposed to box braids and/or flat twists. You can put them both in a bun for a corporate look and the box braids will allow versatility. You can also do a Dominican blow out without adding chemicals. Other than that, a not so big chop may be the best answer.

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10/4/12 5:33 P

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I am finally going natural. I have wanted to for so long but I am finally doing it. I haven't had a touch up since April. I must admit it is not easy dealing with two textures of hair. I haven't done the big chop because I don't want hair that short. I am cutting it gradually as my natural hair grows in.

Does anyone have any recommendations on dealing with two textures of hair? Any products or styles you recommend while transitioning? I am currently using WEN, and Carol's Daughter products on my hair.

TIA!

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