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    Quote 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 !

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    Was natural in uni during my first degree and I kept my hair mostly in extension braids. That was nice but I was hiding my hairs.

    Now am back for my PG degree and I am not hiding my hairs anymore.

    I find that I can kinda guage how long it will take me to do what to my hair. So if I am going to do something "spectacular" I need to be aware of the time. But in all honesty, it doesn't take me long to do my hair. Afro puffs, fros, braids, braid outs, twists, twist outs, corn rows etc I do them all and it does not take me long.

    The funny thing is that other people think it takes me ages to do my hair. Little do they know

    And oh! If you have major HIF syndrome like me, keep a small mirror and pick in your purse. (Whispering) It helps

    All the best in school!!

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    Hey! I plan on attending college soon and plan...

    I haven't read the previous threads yet.

    Having natural hair is 100% easier than having relaxed hair. When I went to my first school (I'm a returning student) my hair was relaxed. Mom and Dad sure weren't about to send me an extra $60 to do my hair and I wasn't willing to sacrifice food for perm. Plus I didn't have a car, didn't know where the hairdressers were around me, so my hair really suffered. There was a girl in my dorm who permed my hair once, but when I wanted a touch up I had to work around her schedule and being busy with school, there was no time. I eventually started pressing my new growth which was a pain, plus having a burnt smell in my dorm room wasn't fun. I did eventually get a car the next year, but still not knowing the hairdressers around me and not having enuf money put my hair out to pasture.

    I'm back in school now and am also premed - yay! I shaved my head my 2nd year of school here and it was an absolute blessing. With a twa or less I could wake up, do a lil' brush brush, and head out the door! No long hassles in the bathroom in the morning, evening, etc.
    My hair is longer now and if I want, I can wear twists/twistouts - only have to do once every one to two weeks, stretched fro - only have to twist into huge twists (about 10 minutes) every night, or a shake and go which I can wet in my morning shower, spritz, pick n' pat and go!

    Right now I'm wearing my twa, which is easiest when I have lots of homework (Chem/Biochem major w/17 credits, so that's LOTS of homework). I would do twists, but I havent' found a twist style that really suits me yet (I'm working on it and when I do I'll do the challenge!)

    My little sister is a senior in highschool and is transitioning; she may big chop before college. Now she wears flat twists for a weeek and a twistout the next week. I think this routine really frees up her time also. I think transitioning can be a bit frustrating (someone correct me if I'm wrong) cuz you have to deal with the two textures. But if you do it right, you'll never ever look back to the perm!

    Off to read the entire thread!

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    Actually I did all my twists while I study, taking down my twist while I study as well. I don't part, I just grab my hair and twist. That also saves time.

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    I definitely did not affect my studies. Though I do find that it's hard for me to sometimes when I have early classes in the morning. I am not a morning person anyways. I have to wet my hair in the morning but I take my showers at night so I can have more time to sleep. I occasionally do twists and leave those in but I need more work on them and I don't like the way they look, so I ll take em out .
    But I think that it is much easier than wearing the hair straight all teh time. Being that it rains alot in Santa Cruz and it gets foggy. So just style it in a way that allows you time to fix it the way you want in the morning

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    Im in my second year college and I started my transition last summer
    I bc'ed in march and I must admit I had a hard time at first but now I think I got the swing of things, its becoming pretty easy
    Not that being a permie was that hard either at least not for me
    The only thing that effects my studies is forum

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    I don't have as much time as I would like to, to do my hair. I've only tried twists about three times in the last four months. When I started out this term, I would rinse and plait at night; then, undo and fluff in the morning. For the past few weeks, I've been too tired after coming home from my night class. I just water it down in the morning and go. It doesn't look all that great, but it's all I have the energy to do anymore.

    I actually think it was just about the same doing relaxed hair (I was transitioning). I would comb it in the mornings or curl the ends and go. That took about fifteen minutes, which is just as much time as I take now. It depends on the person. But I don't think relaxed hair is anymore difficult to style unless you make it that way.

    And doing your hair can make you fail a test. Try doing your hair from 10 to 1 o'clock in the morning instead of studying for a Calc I test. I bet you'll fail it (I have.) And if you don't, tutor me. Please?

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    I transitioned for 5 months and then chopped. Now it takes me 20 minutes to get ready for class. My hair is short and the maintenance is not much so thats more time that I have to focus on acapuff_b32cs and other things that matter.

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    Thanks SO MUCH for the post everyone* :-) I was...

    Good for you. Enjoy your natural hair. It has made life a lot easier for me as a college student. ^_^

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    i'm in an engineering school and i think it can be challenging to keep my hair looking great for class.
    but i do wear braids and/or twists all the time so it helps a lot. i'll just twist my hair while reading a lesson or during my internet breaks.........
    i tie my hair at night to keep it neat, put some oil every other day clean it every weeks or sooooo

    but the only thing that makes caring for my hair (transitioning) long is staying on np when i should be working ...........
    ok let say i'll stop my computer in 10 minutes

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    Taking care of my hair in college is easy AND it's a lot more simple then when I had a perm. I transitioned for almost a year (from Spring of freshman to late winter of sophomore year). It's really nothing to be afraid of. I'm also a pre-med and psychology major, but my acapuff_b32c workload hasn't been that crazy. I mean, there's a whole lot of chemistry, but the actual workload isn't anything too crazy to handle. You'll be fine!

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    its easy!

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    How do you all deal with the hard water?

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    Finals = box braids

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    I'm not sure whether I find my hair easier to manage than when I was a permie. I guess I never really had trouble with my hair until the day I coloured and made the mistake of going to get a touch up the next day Yeah,.....very stupid...don't know what I was thinkin

    I think it probably is but it would be THAT much easier if I knew how to cornrow and twist my hair without getting tired.
    I also need to find a way to combat the hard water out here. My hair isnt super dry or anything but my scalp is.

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    Ive been natural since I started College, and now Im into my junior year. Let me start by saying that I feel it was the best thing for me to be natural during college because not only does this give me time to experiment with professional (and even some not so professional) styles, but its so much more accepted on campus than out in 'the world'. I mean, where else can sistas rock a blue weave to match their weeks worth of outfits? On the same note, where else can I wear a big assHOT RED afro, and not hear a word about it, hmm?

    Also, when I have the guts to wear my natural (now loc'd) hair on campus, it seems to inspire other people to go natural. I have had run in's with chicks who offer to do my 'touch ups', but after a few snappy come backs (I must admit...sometimes, Im rude about it), its nothing!

    Also...the money thing the sistas were mentioning...I buy my hair oils from the food section of the grocery store (almond, olive), and my EBT benefits pay for that. I almost never have to pay anyone to do my hair, because if you braid my hair, Ill twist yours. As for time...wet, style and go. My hair style may change throughout the day (as it dries), but thats something I like.

    DO IT! Go to college, be free with your hair...while ya girls are running around in the rain with umbrellas and newspapers over their heads, you'll be walking, almost enjoying it. You can work out and not have to worry about 'sweating out' anything. AND...no more 15-20-30 minute flat iron/curling iron/straightening comb sessions.

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    Well I began transitioning my junior year (last year) and it was difficult for me because I really didn't have any experience. I was continously learning how to deal with my hair and the detangling situation. But once I found out how to handle my hair it was really easy. I think being a permie was more time consuming than being natural.

    All I do now is wash, condition, twist and I'm done for the week except for the occasional mosturizing. I don't see your hair grooming effecting your educational at all. Good luck on your jouney and I wish I transitioned early in my college career.

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    Double Post Sorry!

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    I think it is easier. Even though I wear an afro so I pick and form every morning. I am a nursing student and I feel you on that having a heavy load. I think if you wear twist or something that you dont have to do your hair it will be easier. Good luck in pre-med the medical field is hard you will have to make life changes like you cant party like you would like to. But it will pay off in the end.

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    I keep my hair conrowed or twisted most of the time. My work load from school and work just doesn't allow much experimentation, but after I graduate, I plan to do more with it.

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    I'm a freshman and I just started transitioning last semester. Now I have kinky twists with extentions, so my hair is really not that hard to take care of. When I get home for the summer, I plan to do BC so when I come back to school I will be completely natural. Even after I BC, I don't think that my hair will take a lot of time to do because anything is better for me than having to flat iron my hair every week.

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    I think it's a lot better, because you can braid your own hair and wrap it up and go to class. 2 weeks later you can rock a beautiful braid out. I usually do my hair at night so I don't have to fuss over it during the day. By doing this, I am able to use the days studying and not stressing over what I am going to do with my hair.
    Good Luck

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    I will be approaching my last year of colllege in August and I am currently transitioning. I agree with the ladies here that this will be fairly easy once you get the time to figure out what your hair likes and dislikes. You know if you need any help you can PM me or anybody else if you would like. Good Luck.

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    I transitioned while I was in school and everything went ok. I sat under the dryer and studied at the same time. I think I balance my hair and my schooling pretty well. I was relaxed my freshman year and I've been natural every since. I think that having natural hair is much easier. I don't have to worry about trying to get home for a relaxer, because I can't let just anybody do my hair. Also, there times now when I don't even have to style my hair in the morning. I can just finger comb and go or shake and go or wash and go. You know the simple stuff.

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    Natural hair is easier for me to manage while I'm here at college. It's much cheaper and I feel more confident going to a local barber shop and getting a trim than I do trusting some random beautician to apply a relaxer.

    I have however encountered some challenges:
    1. Hard water- When its communal or even private, but state owned water faucets, you can't really do much about it except for buying water heating and washing your hair with that.

    2. Washing Hair in the Shower- I'm a kitchen sink beautician so this was a new experience especially when you have 5- 20 other women who need to shower as well.

    Other than these two cases managing my natural hair has been pretty good. I like being able to do my hair by myself rather than driving home for 2 hours to get my hair done.

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    This is a big concern, balancing hair with acapuff_b32cs, especially as pre-med...Honestly, acapuff_b32cs take up so much of my time...there are days where I don't sleep or shower, and the last thing on my mind id hair. Even when I had my hair relaxed, hair wasn't a big fuss for me...Right now, I am following the crown and glory technique, www.growafrohairlong.com in which I braid for two months and leave my hair out for some weeks. True, braids are not all that natural, but first things first...and by the time you finish college and med school, you'll have quite the head of hair....during the down times when I am ot wearing braids, I go between periods of flatwisting and twistouts which are my favorites...but anyway, being natural is great, and I feel that I can embrace the real me, while on campus, as opsed to in highschool when I was ceamy crack addict...N

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    I transistioned my freshman year. I was natural for about 9 months after the BC, but went back to a chemical fire 2of62ontheway...(because I was told that straight hair was more professional (was trying to get an internship as a freshman))....

    I stayed relaxed until my senior year and did the big chop after two months of transitioning (BC may 2, 2005....) I then graduated May 15, 2005 and I am in grad school now. You can definitely transition in college. A lot of others will be doing the same.

    Good luck! And I am natural to stay! No more relaxers for me. I have learned my lesson and my second time around is my last!

    God bless

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    That's interesting b/c I did the same. My senior year in college I pe.rmed my hair. I grew it out again after a year into grad school/a year after being with my company. I wanted the professional look for interviews and my new job. I'll never go back to that again.

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    honestly the transition in college was kinda rough for me. i started my transition in March and by May i was calling to make my appointment to have my beautiful naps freed from that damaged mass of over treated mess. it takes time and care to transition without doing more damage than you started off with. i did the double strand twists, but those were time consuming and i refused to straighted my hair, so i would just wash it, condition it, slap some gel on it, put it in a bun, and keep it movin. even that became too tedious. now that i have liberated myself it is so easy to deal with my hair. if i am having a hectic week i can just wash and go in 5 minutes. if i have some time on the weekend i can twist it up and not have to worry about it for the rest of the week.

    i am all for just doing the BC and enjoying being natural and free.

    the short answer to your question: being nappy is so much easier than transitioning or relaxing your hair. wash and go in 5 minutes, puff in 10 minutes, twist on the weekends wear it through the week and twist out on thursday and friday. the best thing is that you can do your hair yourself without worrying about goin to the shop and spending mad $ for them to **** up your hair.

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