Transitioning without BC'ing Support Thread

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  1. Alma Petra

    Alma Petra Well-Known Member

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    Really? For me the more heavily I seal, the more time it takes to diffuse dry. Gel is the worst ever in this regard. It can keep the water locked in forever. I could air dry in 3 days and I am high po!
     
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    Thank you for the detailed explanation! I rarely dry in twist so I will be trying that today. I also seal with Shea butter so that probably has a lot to do with it also. Never thought that smaller twist / braids would take longer. I'm taking all of your tips into my wash today. I'll air dry in large / medium twist with oil instead of Shea and sit under the dryer until mostly dry then air dry for the rest of the day! Thank you!
     
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    @Saludable84 how often do you blow dry and what method do you do. I remember your thick relaxed hair and am amazed with your natural hair! I wish I never gave up last time I tried to transition! You've done an amazing job!
     
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    Very true!! Gel does extend drying time for wash and go something terrible and it gets on my nerves (although I do love me some gel!!!!!) The heavier sealant sucks up the excess water but it also gives definition and makes my hair shinier. I actually make sure my hair is sopping wet just so I can use a heavy sealant. I use very little gel because, for my hair, the excess water and heavy sealant performs the way gel does for others.
     
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  6. Alma Petra

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    I air-dry in twists most wash days. My hair takes about 10-16 hours to dry.
    I'm normally heading to bed after I finish my hair so I usually leave my twists out (just a silk scarf around my edges to lay them down) with a t-shirt/thin towel on my pillow and the ceiling fan going. If I can't run the fan, I use a t-shirt over a thick towel on my pillow.
     
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    See I totally miss read that:lachen: I suggest you try the hooded dryer.
     
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    @Alma Petra your hair is so pretty. I like both parts. Your twa part doesn't look frizzy to me and looks very defined. I think a lot of times we don't see in us what other people see.
     
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  10. Saludable84

    Saludable84 Better Late Than Ugly

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    You are very welcome!

    Dealing with just oil will adjust the drying time, as when I just do a WNG, I use leave in, oil and gel and it dries in a few hours. It will make a big difference, versus shea butter, which sits heavier on the hair and holds water in.

    Smaller twist take longer only because for me, I'm doing a style and twist beneath the higher ones get trapped and remain wet. I've had instances where the twist at the bottom row frizz up because they were never dried and I had to take them out anyway.
     
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    Saludable84 Better Late Than Ugly

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    Thank you!!!

    I don't use heat. I'm going on two years without and prior, I was only using heat when I was straightening. I simply airdry.

    Listen, transitioning is hard. Mine went by in a blur simply because being a new mom took preference. But that one day, when I had time, I chopped a lot of hair off because I really saw my transition happening and said a decision had to be made. If I had went to plan, I'm really not sure how it would have went down.

    Definitely figure out what will work best for you in the end. Don't let to much of the transition consume you.
     
  12. Bad&Bougee

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    Oh no, I wouldn't BC either if my hair was as long as yours. I'm sad just thinking about you doing it.
     
  13. Bad&Bougee

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    Hooded dryer? I'm similar to @BlessedXs2; my twist outs came out cruchy, dull looking and weren't springy both times I used the hooded dryer. Should I use different products when I dry with heat vs air dry?
     
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    Saludable84 Better Late Than Ugly

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    Honestly, you won't get "look and movement" from the hooded dryer. It just becomes harder to execute. I know exactly what you are talking about when you say they were crunchy and dull and I completely agree. There is a certain thing air drying for certain styles.

    For the dryer, I find that bulky styles dry poorly, and heat protectants work better for softening the hair. While for air drying, creams and butters are better and allows that bounce as well as moisture retention.
     
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    Thanks @Saludable84 you stated that perfectly. I prefer the look of my air dried hair. I will sit under the dry in the winter if I did not give myself enough time for drying.
     
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    Thank you @Saludable84. I didn't use a heat protectant and may experiment doing so in a few weeks to see if it makes a difference.
     
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    Yesterday was a long day. 2 hours to detangle! It may be common with transitioning but up until the last 2 wash days it hasn't been that bad. I've been smooth sailing haven't had to wash in sections or anything but that ends now. I dried in large twist and it only took about 4 hours with about 30 minutes under the dryer. My hair does look kinda dull compared to regular 2 day drying but I can't have the best of both worlds while on this journey so I'll take it. My hair does feel soft and is styled nice . I'm getting braids sooner than later because this detangling is killing me. 13 or 14 months post relaxer now
     
  18. lavaflow99

    lavaflow99 In search of the next vacation

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    It is finished!! I had the day off today so I got to snipping. :lol:

    I, for some reason, can't upload pics. If someone can guide me, let me know.

    Anyway, airdrying now after putting in ORS hair lotion, jojoba oil and gel. Going to give the WNG a try as I am super low maintenance and don't want to doing much to my hair on a daily basis and want to take a break from bun life.

    I like what I see and super excited to explore this next hair chapter.

    ETA: I wanted to add (for documentation sake when I look back :lol:) that I transitioned for 2 years 8 months 1 week or 32 weeks 1 week (thank you countdown app :lol:)
     
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  19. GGsKin

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    Congratulations on the end of your transition and the beginning of something new. Can't wait to see pics. I use an app to resize my pics (like instasize, photo editor). I tried earlier with my phone's edit function- which usually works- it didn't today, but it did with the insta.
     
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    Thanks @AbsyBlvd! Though it is quite annoying that one has to another website in order to upload pics :rolleyes: Sigh the days of dragging to upload have gone by the wayside. But I digress. Time for pics!!

    hair.jpg air drying


    clippings.jpg

    Guess I had very little relaxed ends left :lol: but glad I cut when I did.
     
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    Congrats!!! Now the real fun begins.
     
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    You're welcome @deediamante. It must feel good for those ends to be gone. Like @Bad&Bougee said, now the fun begins:).
     
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    Thanks ladies!! And yes! So freeing it is to let the few relaxed ends go. It's going to be an interesting journey and a challenge and I am up for it.

    hair1.jpg hair2.jpg
     
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    Anyone care to guess what my texture may be it just looks a messy ball to me
     

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    This may be better it has a crappy dc in it I tried for the first time
     

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    Very difficult to tell. Maybe 3c/4a. You can big chop a small inconspicuous piece and allow it to curl up fully to see what your pattern is like. I was impatient and I did this and now I regularly rock a lopsided twa on top of a bun. I think I'm the only person in the world who has this hair style lol.
     
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    I did cut a very small piece of hair on my side which is crazy still doesn’t curl just looks like a Brillo pad. I know the important things about my hair but I’m drying to know what my curls may look like. The front is a slight wave and the back has major shrinkage I was thinking a 4b or 4c.
     
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    Your hair is beautiful though
     
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