Transitioning 101 – How Long Should You Long Term Transition?

Curlformers Salon KitRemember, you can ALWAYS stop and just BC at whatever length you feel comfortable with. There is no rule on when to stop transitioning.

I see this question asked over and over again so do not feel pressured to stop or continue on if you are not ready. Do what feels right for you!

Blending Your Two Textures

Blending will become a new word in your vocabulary. You will be trying to blend the relaxed hair with the natural hair.

That doesn’t mean you have to pull out the hot comb or even the flat iron. That just means you will be wearing certain styles that will allow your two textures to blend together.

Some styles that are great for blending are roller sets, flexi rods, straw set curls or Curlformer sets. A rule of thumb is that it’s much easier to keep the relaxed hair curled than it will be to keep the natural hair straight.

I’ve even heard some naturals wear Bantu knots or twists as great long term transitioning styles.


The line of demarcation is the hair or point that separates the two textures. Being gentle is MUST during your transitioning period and taking extra care is necessary to keep breakage away or at a minimum. What I would advise is not using too much heat since the line of demarcation will be very weak as you transition.

Adding Hair For Protective Styling

Adding hair extensions is also an option and all that means is wearing wigs, weaves or braid extensions. Your hair is growing and hopefully thriving while you are keeping it away.

Don’t forget your hair will need regular attention and just like you have to worry about your line of demarcation with blending, you also have to worry that you are not putting too much tension on your hair when wearing added hair.

Braids that are too tight or weaves sewn in too tight can not only damage your hair but can be devastating to your edges during a long term transition. All these factor into how long you will be a transitioner.

If you can successfully keep your hair moisturized, blended or tucked away under added hair then you will be able to transition as long as feel comfortable.

How long did you transition for?

Originally posted 2014-01-22 15:00:31.

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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Love Dee

Some time last year lol

Erica
Erica

I transitioned for 28 months. Was aiming for 30 months (2 1/2 years) but had a special event coming up and wanted to rock my natural hair for that.

Sunia Elizabeth Byers

I didn’t. I don’t have the patience to deal with two diff textures!

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Your hair is beautiful!

Sunia Elizabeth Byers

aww thanks Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Valencia Quiet Storm

I transitioned since 2008, was all natural by 2009, but big chopped 10/12/2013

Lesa Anne

I transitioned for a whopping 2 months! I too excited!

Aleecya Bazile

Long time. And last week I just chopped it all off

Karen Jackson

Transitioned only. Didn’t big chop

Iris Brock

I stopped in April ’03 and cut the last away October ’04. I did a full big chop September ’10.

Iris Brock

I stopped texturizers in April ’03 and cut the last away October ’04. I did a full big chop September ’10.

Paris Williams

7 months because I didn’t have patience to deal with two textures. I big chopped June 07,2013 🙂

Colleen Vialva

Trying to do this but its frustrating. Afraid to make tge big chop lol..

Colleen Vialva

The*

Fallon Johnson

About 2 months, then one day I grabbed the scissors. Couldn’t wait! So glad I did it.

Juliana Williams

me toooo!!! lol

Angeline Nolovelost Hudson

Last relaxer was in August 2012.. I b/c in March of 2013.. My hair is stronger and longer than it gas ever been relaxed…

Aisha Kenyetta

I have no issues transitioning! I’ve been rocking two textures since last summer. I “dust” monthly, and I’ll cut a little more if I am going to get a weave. Bantu knots are a great fit for me.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Great to know someone has success with bantu knots.

Nakia Williams

Hair in between stage.

Akilah Smith

Literally one month and I had so much growth in that one month so I just chopped it off and was happy

Kembarly Thompson

I didn’t do a big chop! My stylist has clipped and trimmed my ends all last year! (2013) my last relaxer was last March…So 2014 here we come Team Natural

Lisita StayFabulous Huntley

Had mines in November 2013

Ameenya German

I transitioned for 3 months! That’s all I could take of having to deal with the two textures of hair.. And I don’t regret it neither.. Big chop was 7/9/2012. 🙂

Andrea Whyms

Yea I’m dealing with two completely different textures right now it’s pretty frustrating.. but I don’t want to cut my hair :0( I don’t even know how many months it’s been probably about 4-5

Tabrice Harrison

11 1/2 months. . Big Chop on 12/24/13

Tamika Birmingham

Nearly 8 months! Then chopped before I went completely insane…

Janessa MizzLovely Burts

8 months in

Pamela Willis

I started Jan 2013 and kept my ends trimmed. About 2 inches to go.

LaTasha Pollard-Warren

14 months, when i did cut i only had about 1 1/2 -2 in left. Tooo scared to BC

Adriane Washington

5 Month’s Now……I’m wearing My Protective Style So I won’t Revert Back!!!!! Its A Hard Processes……….Pray For Me….lol

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

I’m sure you will be fine. Have patience and be gentle with your hair.

Cassandra Thomas

Didn’t have the patience, did the BC 10 yrs ago.

Sandra Ifeoma Orimilikwe

I transitioned for a year…I cut my relaxed ends gradually over the year…My natural hair is so fabulous and healthy:)

Eunice Thomas-Troupe

1 week and said forget it, had hubby to BC

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Hey, whatever works love!

Leandra Mauricio

8 months transition but i was wearing a wave in that time that helps a lot cos i cant deal with 2 diferente textures and next that time i do my big chop #alive

Tia Campbell

Transitioned for a year. I won’t say I big chopped but it was a big chop for me Jan 2012. 3 years natural

Angela Ankie Murray

Transitioned for 6 months big chopped in November of 2013 and love the end results

Carol Edmonds

I transitioned for 8 mths 2/12 -9-12 big chopped or finished the chop on sept 3.. 9/3/14 is my 2yr natural..versary

Mieshel Jett

Big chopped…no transition! If you transition, then that’s not a big chop..Your just trimming relaxed ends. Right?

Shadeye Smith

I’m in my 6th month! Last June I got so frustrated with everything so I went to the hairdresser and she did the big chop for me so I’m totally looking forward to seeing my growth in a few weeks from now, because of winter I’ve decided to get braids which I’ve had in for 2 months now!

Samantha 'Deltamade' Green

I transitioned for about 15-16 months..

Quishandrea Richards

I transitioned for 11 months and then did the BC in May of 2013

Esha Whitlow

6mths ago need help on products to help me grow My hair & keep it moisturized??

Brittani Michelle

11 crazy months and I’m so glad I got rid of those ends last week!

Britnea SweetandSpicy Tidwell

One year through protective styles

Laurie Mupompa

Since march 2013…

Amber Anderson

I transitioned for a year and some months. But still relaxed my edges and small leave out. Then I did the “big chop” last June

Aminatou Diallo

Since june 2013

Cassandra Miles

1Yr and 3 months so far. Planning my BC for the 1 1/2 mark but i don’t think I’ll make it that long. The relaxed ends are killing my style! lol Only an inch left. #I’mReady 🙂

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

LOL. YOu might need to let that last inch go.

Loren Tennyson

Ten months, I needed some hair before I did my chop.

Maww S Moore

Last time I went 3 months then big chop I’m going to try for 6 this time but my hair is short this time so idk

Chelsea Crouch

8 months

Desiree Johnson

9 months did my bc 6 months ago love it wish I would have done it 6 years ago when I went thru my battle of traction alopecia my hair would be so much longer. I love my curls 3c/4a curls I was told I have

Alisha So Blessed McCombs

BC – May 2013 and the pic below is as of today 1/22/2014 !!! Im loving my hair journey !!! 🙂