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    Do I have to cut my hair?!!!! I like the length and the vesatility. I feel that if someone gives me great advice about properly trasitioning my hair I can keep it. I don't mind caring for it. I plan to transition for a long time anyway. Oh by the way, is it ok to blow dry my hair while it transitions? I'm still undecided about going natural but I'm still open to it. Help?!!! It's been two months since my last chemical. Help!

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    Hi Shenikah,

    First off, RELAX. You don't have to cut your hair. You have the option of doing what's called a "long transition", which is just what the name implies. It's an alternative to doing the BC right away.

    I am also on the road to a long transition (2mths post CFC), and am not quite comfortable with cutting off all of my hair right away because I like the "length and versatility". What works for some, might not work for others, and It's important to keep that in mind.

    Some hairstyles I suggest are bantu knots, conrows, and any type of set you can think of (rod, perm, straw, etc). You've come to the right place, as there is a wealth of information to be found here. Browse the hair albums of other members to get ideas and inspirations.

    The fact that you are seriously contemplating freeing yourself from chemicals is a wonderful thing in itself. I encourage you to act on your instincts and follow your heart, and hopefully you'll make the switch to a natural way of life

    Whit

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    I am a long transitioner (1 yr and a few weeks) I plan on BCing in the next few months but I am still decidig on the date. You can take a look at my album for ideas i have documented my progress starting at about the 4 month mark. I did mostly braid outs and pony tails. The key is to moisturize moisturize moisturize, get a bra strap head band, and do styles that will last for at least a week. This saves you the fustration of detangling. We are here for you, good luck

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    Shenikah, r.elax! No one is going to make you do anything, you don't have to cut your hair if you don't want to. It sounds like you're not yet sure about deciding to go natural? It is definitely a process, everyone has their different reasons and convictions for doing it. When I made my decision to transition, I came to the conclusion that I no longer wanted to subject myself and my hair to things that I could possibly regret, whether that meant cutting it or r.elaxing it. I'm tired of giving my hair excuses to fall off of my head! :P

    The best advice I can give you is to keep your hair clean and moisturized, and to manipulate it as little as possible. Only detangle/comb your hair when wet or full of conditioner to decrease the chance of breakage. Find a good conditioner (I use generic Nexxus Humectrus) and consider doing a conditioner wash instead of regular shampoo which can be harsh and drying on hair.

    No matter what, shed hair is going to happen, but the less you play and style it, the less you will most likely have. As far as heat styling, this website does not advocate the use of b.lowdryers, h.otcombs, f.latirons, anything used to straighten the hair with heat or chemicals. There is a post on heat use and an archive on the kind of damage some people have suffered when using these devices. Of course when it comes down to it the choice is yours, but if you want to minimize shedding and breakage, I wouldn't do it.

    Take care of your hair and trim every few months and eventually (patience is key) your natural hair will begin to dominate your r.elaxed hair. If things get too difficult, maybe consider braids or a protective weave to give your hair a break from styling.

    I'm wearing braids now (put them in myself, so they aren't too tight). I'll keep them in for about 6 weeks, take them down, deep condition, let it breathe for a few weeks, and then put it back up until I've attained the length that I want. I do a conditioner/water rinse every week or so just to make sure that my hair and scalp stays clean and moisturized underneath.

    I hope my ramblings have been helpful to you, don't forget there is a search feature on this board that will let you pinpoint specific topics. If you have more specific questions, let me know. Good luck!

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    im in it for the long haul as well. it takes some trial an error but MANY women on this site do it/have done it so i know its do-able. don't worry about it. just soak up the advice from the site and you'll be fine.

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    i'm sending out the nappy police to hunt you down and shave your head! just kidding!

    girl....nobody is gonna make you cut your hair! the point is to cut when YOU are ready!
    i only transitioned for about 4 months- i couldn't take the tangles...and i'm not a fan of braids/weaves.

    i will say that if you cut sooner than later, it will give you the opportunity to learn how to style and grow w/your hair....it may be a bit overwhelming to try and style 6 inches of nappy hair, unless you started working w/it when it was short!

    but....chop when you're ready! it's all good! i hope to see you soon on the nappy side!

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    You don't have to cut your hair! I am not At least not until at least 1 year from my last CFC has arrived.

    I am doing the long transition thing too ^_^ It will be a wonderful experience for your state of mind to grow as well as your hair. It took me a while to finally decide to transition (~2 years because of my job), but I am very happy that I finally made the decision

    But I know that you will make the best decision for you. Just keep watching the posts and soaking up the valuable information (I know I am )

    Obsidian78

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    I don't plan on doing a semi big chop until my 1 year of transitioning mark. I have waist length hair and I'm a little scared to let it go. So... I will cut a little length and then on my 2 year mark(if I make it) I will hopefully chop then.

    Chelci

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