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    Hey! I plan on attending college soon and plan on being 100% natural by then (I'm still transitioning). For my current college students, is it easy taking care of your natural hair in college with the additional responsbilities and acapuff_b32c load? If you transitioned during college (and you're still in college) was it easier than taking care of your relaxed hair? I'm going to be majoring in pre-med and I expect an acapuff_b32c load out the roof top. Please gimme some insight! Thanks!

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    my natural hair is way more easier to take care of than my relaxed hair ever was....
    and unless you plan on spending a whole lot of time doing ur hair, I really dont think it would affect ur studies...

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    I think it depends on how you will be wearing your hair. I don't think its that time consuming. Braids or twists take more time to do but you don't have to do that but once or twice a week. The fro and puffs are quick and easy.

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    It is definately not hard to manage natural hair while in college. If you are like me and have hand-in-fro disease, it may be a little harder. However, if you were to wear styles like twists or braids of some sort, they would offer a little more time.

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    While you still have some downtime, doing the following might help:

    -Figure out your hair as much as you can. What it likes, what it doesn't, the easiest styles for you to maintain on a regular basis, whether or not you want/need to deal with your hair on a daily basis, etc. This will cut down on the time you spend tinkering with your hair.
    -Hmm, I think that covers it.

    It was very easy taking care of my hair during undergrad and my master's, as all I did was rinse/detangle/condition on a daily basis, and usually wear it out with a headband. However, this Ph.D. program, along with my hair being longer, is making me live in buns and single braids. On the weekend I might do a conditioning treatment or henna, assuming that I don't have anywhere to be for a good chunk of time. And assuming that I actually got enough sleep Friday night to have the energy to do anything to my hair that takes longer than three minutes.

    Like someone else mentioned, unless you are some kind of a hair junkie and spend loads of time on your hair, you should have no problem managing your hair and your school responsibilities.

    Good luck in school!

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    Thanks everyone!

    I'm not a hair junkie, Thank God. I just wanna take care of my hair, style it, and go on. I must admit, though, I do have a hard time keeping my hands off my natural hair. I guess I'll get use to it as time goes on. I have a lot of simple styles I have in mind to try so I'll defintely take your advice, jennifer, and experiment!

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    I'm in college now but I transitioned before college. My natural hair is way easier to manage so I don't think you'll have any worries there. But as someone mentioned earlier, you have to know what's best for your hair. In the warmer months, I wear mainly a fro or puffs. In winter months my hair gets VERY dry and brittle so I prefer more protective styles. But no matter what, my hair is alot easier to manage than my relaxed days.

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    I had a TWA my first two years so that was no trouble, but I've been growing it out since the summer before my junior year. I'm a senior now (thank God).

    Anyway, this past year during the growing out stage it was a little difficult for me because, well, say you're not wearing your hair in a protective style, in which case you may need to rinse out your hair in the shower before class. Now say you have other roommates who don't give you enough time to do that. Then you'll be stuck with bedhead andyou'll have to find a way to hide that before going to class. Also, don't expect to have uninterrupted detangling or twisting sessions in the bathroom. And storing ACV rinse solution and things of that nature may be a little challenging (all of these problems arise when you live in the dorms). Luckily, I'll (finally) be dorm free this upcoming year.

    Good luck to you.

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    I transitioned just this past semester which was real easy for my hair but as my natural hair got longer the style I was sporting (curls/rollersets) would not hold up for no more than a week so I quickly went to braids/twists/cornrows which was real easy cause they stayed in so long with the exception of cornrows.. now i'm starting a new semester and look forward to having my natural hair I don't live in a dorm so it might be easier for me to style and do things that need more time... seeing my previous roommates with relaxed hair ....natural hair will defintely be much easier to style and manage have a great semster yall God bless :-)

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    Hey Lysee, I agree that natural hair is much easier to take care of. During the week of finals and the week before, I'll put my hair in twists because I know I won't have time to mess with my hair. On other days, I would usually wear my puff which took all of 2 minutes to do.
    If storage and time is a problem in the dorms, then maybe you could get a "hair basket" that holds all of your supplies. Maybe a few spray bottles would help. You could fill one with water, just in case you need to wet your hair.
    I've found over the past 3 years that I've been in college is that people usually fall into a certain schedule. You may have roommates that always shower at night or in the morning. Knowing their schedules (or waking up early before everyone else and taking all the hot water in the shower :-cre ) could help. Also, finding alternate ways to do things (i.e. using a friend's bathroom or sharing the bathroom) will also help in the long run.
    alanyaosowhat774 was on point.
    -Poetikly

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    I am transitioning now I started transitioning my second semester of college. Its not hard at all. I am also I pre med major and yes it is a work load. But trust dealing with natural hair is not hard like having a perm. You will be just fine.

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    For me, natural hair is easier to "manage" during college (or any other part of life, lol). I'm in my last semester the jr. college I go to and I'm carrying an intense load...

    Like others have suggested, know your hair. I don't know about anyone else but finding out creative ways my hair tends to do in its natural state has relieved plenty of the stress that students deal with at the college level.

    LOL I have "theme" days at times. We start this semester on the 23rd and I think I'm gonna be...mhmm...actually, I don't know! LOL

    But natural hair is so much more laid back than relaxed hair for me. Because these days, I don't have to set up an appointment to get a touch-up or get it styled....and some days later, have to go back nad get the pro to re-style it becasue it fell during a day out with my friends....

    My goal, with not just my hair but many other things, is if I can minimalize (lol, that doesn't look like it's spelled correctly) my time spent on someone else's clock paying them for taking care of me and just learn to take care of me, than I'll do that. I shouldn't have to go outside my house unless it's for routine yearly checkups and anything like that.

    But that's just me. I love doing my own hair---as a matter of fact, lemme go wash it so I can retwist again. I-)

    BupgroffforA

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    I transitioned during my final semester at college. It was hard for me because I didn't know what to do with my hair and there were no natural people to ask or stylist for that matter. So I had to get my hair pressed which lasted a few hours then when it reverted, there was nothing I could do because the hot comb had pressed out all of my curls. Once I started reading on natural hair and doing my own hair it became easier. The person who was pressing my hair was a licensed stylist, but didn't want to cut my hair. When the perm was cut off, my hair was never shaped or evened out. Even after most of the perm was cut off, there was still some left behind. So as long as you know how to care for your hair and like it, then it should be easy. I am in graduate school now, and my hair is easier to take care of than when I had a perm. I still am in located in a small, mainly European American town, so trusting someone to trim, cut or shape my hair is hard. I am deathly afraid that I will be jacked up like other times. I think the hardest part about being natural is having hair stylists, who are suppose to be professionals, talk about "never going natural, even though they only perm once every two-three months", "they could never do that." I listen to that and realize how brainwashed we have really become. So having slicked down hair is the ultimate goal for our people? You talk about "crackers this and crackers that", but you are no better when you tell me and other naturals that we need a perm to look okay! Thank God for Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, India. Arie, and others who have become successful with natural hair. Good luck with your transition and may your experience be far better than mine.

    Mary

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    I'm in my 5th year of college now, and I transitioned all last year. It's a LOT easier being natural because I don't have to worry about what I'm going to do with my hair the next day, or constantly having to do something to it so it can be presentable. Now, I just twist my hair on the weekend, and it lasts for at least a week! It's sooo simple and easy, I love it!

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    hey i had a perm for the first 1 & half of college and it will almost be 2 yrs since my last perm and i must admit that natural hair is alot easier for me to deal with, especially with the workload. u don't have to worry about getting ur hair done and finding the time to do so, u don't have to spend a couple of hours drying ur hair and really u can just go w/the flow and still look good doing it.

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    Natural hair is easier on your time AND your budget. Instead of needing that extra 15-20mins to crank up the curling iron or hot rollers, you can just rinse in the shower or spritz with some water, and you're out the door! Take the plunge and don't worry.

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    I transitioned during the second semester of junior year and I'm a fifth-year senior now. The hardest part was transitioning, because I was terrible at it...however, I'm sure that you'll do better than I did. Being natural is so easy for me. When I had the twa, all I did was wash and go. As my hair got longer, I got into more styles, none which take much time to do. The longest would be twists, but after the 2 hour investment, I'm done for a few days.

    I wasn't in the dorm when I transitioned or did the big chop, so I've had the luxury of my own bathroom. However, even when I had a perm, what helped me was doing my hair on weekends when everyone was going home, in the daytime when I had a break from class, or other times when the bathrooms would be empty.

    Here are a few things I would suggest to you:

    * Don't become a product junkie. There isn't much space in the dorm for anything, much less products!

    * Like someone else suggested, the hair basket is a great idea. It keeps things organized well.

    * Invest in a quality detangler (I use Daily Defense Conditioner) so you won't have to spend a lot of time in the bathroom detangling.

    *Look at the hair albums. There are a lot of us that have them that are college students and we have a lot of easy styles.

    Above all, get to know your hair! As you learn more, you'll know what you need to do.

    fftopic And another plus for natural hair: If you mess it up (i.e. go to the club and now it smells of smoke), you could just wash it and start over!

    Riderswoods :d)

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    I permed my hair my freshmen year and that summer decided I was tired of not being true to myself. I transitioned during my sophomore and Junior years by wearing braids. I let one person besides myself do my hair. I never did a big chop because my hair was long and I didn't want to loose what I had. When I came home for Christmas break that year I got it cut to remove all traces of the perm.

    Now I'm about to start my senior year and I style my own hair usually in twist, twists outs and a fro! I suggest that you find something manageable that you can do yourself, Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    fftopic And another plus for natural hair: If...

    hey, thats a good one!

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    I wore braids my first year of college mostly for convenience i really hadnt plan or going natural or doing the big chop back then. Before i went away to college i was a permie and always went to the shop to get my hair done, so braids were going to be my best bet away from home. And boy did they help me out all i had to do was slap them in a ponytail or just wear them down and go. This summer i decided to go natural so i havent been back on campus yet with my natural hair. But i know it will be easier because of the practice i've had with my natural hair doing the summer. Im pretty sure a puff with a cute scarf or headband will be my signature hairdo. Which doesnt take up to much time at all.

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    I am in college now. I went through my transition while I was out of school. My experience has been that natural hair is infinitely easier to maintain than relaxed hair. For one, I can forget all of those hours of my life that I lost in the salon, plus I don't spend all day washing/conditioning/wrapping/and flat ironing my hair. Not wasting my time anymore. Getting ready for class? Cool, I don't have to get up early to curl my hair anymore. I literally get up and go. Also speaking personally I spend far less money as a natural -- and as a college student, positive cash flow is of the utmost importance. Now, as long as my hair is moisturized, kimgustafson, and not breaking off, I'm good to go. So natural hair seems to me like a win-win situation for the college student.

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    Thanks SO MUCH for the post everyone :-)
    I was actually at thecontainerstore.com looking at some stuff I can keep my self organized with. Thanks for the hair basket idea! Hopefully the bathroom sharing thing will work out. I also plan to take care of and style my own hair. I live in Chicago and I'm applying to colleges in the Illinois area not far from here ..so hopefully I can find a good Natural Hair Salon I can stick with for trims and occasional steam treatments. Thanks again everybody!!!!!!

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    Making the 8 a.m. class on time is so much easier now that I'm natural. I just get up, shower, fluff the puff, and go (I also put on clothers, of course). I can't imagine wielding a curling iron or blowdryer before I have had my coffee. And with naptural hair, I never have to pick one up to style my hair.

    And an afro puff or twists looks way cuter that the sorry permed pigtails you see in the morning, and with less effort. It all comes down to knowing your hair and how to work with it.

    Now, as for transitioning - That can be challenging. In trixie60spect, It would have been easier if I had just chopped.

    Incidentally, I've been seeing more and more natural styles on campus. Just last week, I saw a girl with the most enviable fro!

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    I will be a Senior in college now and I am also a Pre-Med major. I started growing my natural hair out at the end of Sophomore year and it is now a VERY big afro. I think that maintaining natural hair was much easier from my perspective because I did not have to worry about dishing out money for a relaxer and most styles for natural hair can be done at home and not necessarily at a hair salon. Also, at the school I went to, which was a Historically Black University, I found alot of other young women who also had natural hair and could offer good, sound advice on products and techniques that worked on my type of hair.

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    I transitioned at the beginning of my junior year just to chop it to an inch the second semester. It's not hard to maintain, it's just difficult because more than likely you are dealing with a texture that you are not used to. To anyone considering it:

    Be patient.
    Stay around positive people.
    Get to know your hair.
    Get to know yourself.
    MOST IMPORTANTLY, Get to know Christ (If you haven't already).
    You'll be fine...Even when the haters come around (and trust me, they will)

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    Im in college now. I didn't transtion but I did BC a few months after I got there. I found that it was much much much eazier with my natural hair. Taking care of that relaxed stuff was just too hard. And im also in the helth feild and on the track team here and I was so pressed for time. It made it much eazier for me.

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    really dont think it would affect ur studies...
    i am working now but i don't see how it could affect your studies either.

    i don't know if that has already been stated but it will be a positive thing for your bank account. (no need to buy a bunch of products to try to repair the damage and you won't have to go to the beauty salons on a regular basis)
    And trust me you'll be as elegant as your other classmate !

    check out the different albums online

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    It also saves money too, which you will be short of most of the time if you are the typical college student.

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    I know since i've started college again everyyybody has somethin to say about my hair well most people cause they never seen it natural... it's either ohhh that's reallly cute (from the naturals which is less than 5 % of the population of minorities but we movin up) then from the permies it's oh i was thinking about doin that too that meanin goin natural im like go for it someone actually stopped me at work to touch on my hair in awe of course I was like nobody told u to touch me lol but anyway hopefully they will chop if not i'm lovin my hairrr it's sooooo pretty to me and easy and most importantly it's MINE

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    Napptural hair is so much easier to maintain than relaxed hair. I had a perm when I was in college and I had plenty of bad hair days...which doesn't surprise me 'cause my hair was getting the life sucked out of it by my relaxer. College...workload, hair...NO PROBLEM!

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