Transitioning Talk: One Year Post Relaxer

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I last relaxed my hair! Even though this is the longest I have ever gone without relaxing my hair (I think 16 weeks was my previous record), reaching the 52 week checkpoint feels a little surreal. Probably because I’ve continued to think of and treat the last 12 months as a regular relaxer stretch; it has helped keep the pressure off.

It’s been a lot of fun discovering that my natural texture is not consistent. My new growth ranges from tight coils to waves. My nape and temples have the tights coils and boy do they love to shrink.

 

The rest of my hair varies still: looser texture and waves the crown, tight coils at my temples and mish mash of curls and waves every where else. As for what my hair type is? You be the judge; it doesn’t matter to me as along as my hair is healthy but I’ve been warned that as I continue to transition my texture may change, so we’ll see what changes my hair has in store for me.

As for how much my hair has grown over the last 12 months:

I think I plan to continue this transition for at least another 6 months to a year. I think by then I’ll have ย enough natural hair to feel comfortable cutting it, in order words enough hair to pull into a ponytail lol. If I cut now I have no idea how I would style my hair for work… but I am tempted to cut it just be experience shorter wash days and a change.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the two things that have helped me make it this far without tears are (1) keeping my hair stretched and (2) moisture, moisture, moisture.

For posts on what has helped me during these last two months, check out these posts:

To read why I am transitioning to natural, check out this post:ย Transitioning Talk: Decision Made.

 

25 Comments

  1. I was looking for hair like mine and I have to say it's growing out just the same. Especially the first pic, I have this pattern randomly throughout. I single braid extensions for protection but it can be difficult to separate evenly. I can relate to the nape & temple shrinking too, oh boi! It's funny you speculated hair type because I'd do just the same. A lot of different things going on. Thanks for posting ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I'm on week 16 and it feels like my naps are forming a rebellion :-/

  3. hi jen please can u tell me how u keep your keep growth stretched

  4. Jeni I'm SO excited for you! I'm coming up on my 20th month being post relaxer. I will say that it has been trying at times, but I love seeing my new growth too! I started my transition as a relaxer stretch and then 12 months later I knew I wasn't ever going to relax my hair again. I'm planning on going a full 24 months before I clip off the last of my relaxed ends. Like you, I want to be sure I can have some length so I can do something with my hair once it's fully relaxer free haha! Keep going girl! And I love the Transitioning Talk posts. Thanks for being so open and real with us.

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      Thanks Tiara! I'm glad to hear your transition is going well for you! I'm on a 24 month transition track too… at least for now haha. I need to post Transitioning Talks more often, I'm slacking ๐Ÿ™

  5. Congrats on making it to one year, Jen! You're doing such a great job with your transition. It gives me hope that it can be done without tears once I decide I'm ready to go for it. Love your texture!

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      Thank you Melanie!! I honestly never thought I could make it this far. I thought for sure I'd get frustrated with tangles and end up chopping my hair off… just goes to show you that you never what's possible.

  6. one thing I wish I had incorporated into my transition is vegetable glycerin. Ugh, it would have saved me from so much breakage. Good luck with your continuing transition, you have a cool blog.

  7. Congratulations Jeni! Can't believe it's been a year already. Btw, I told you that your hair grows quick! Lol. When I was transitioning I measured my growth as 4 inches at the 1 year mark. I know that you are JH, if it's not rude to ask, do you also follow the dietary guidelines ie vegetarianism?

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      Thanks Alma! Not a rude questions at all! I'm Seventh-Day Adventist and I do follow the dietary guidelines (e.g. I don't eat pork, lobster, crabs, shellfish, shrimp, or fish without scales). Sidenote: I think there's an error in my comments because I might have responded already? Feels like it… if I have, I'm sorry for the duplicate response!

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      Aw thanks so much! Being content with a decision is a wonderful feeling!

  8. Congrats girl! I wish I had found you sooner, I could have learned a lot of things much sooner! I am currently one month away from my one year mark! Go you!

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      My comment is late so by now you've passed your one year mark, GO YOU!!

  9. Congrats on reaching one year Jen ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm going on eight months post and I totally agree: moisture + stretched new growth is IT. For me, protein treatments every now and then are just what the doctor ordered.
    I love how dense your hair is

  10. Congrats Jen! Your natural hair is so gorgeous, it'll be interesting to see how much it changes once you're further in to your transition x

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      Thanks Lesley! I'm really excited to see how my hair changes.

  11. We have a similar hair texture (new growth wise) so I find this very interesting. I don't plan to transition but I'm coming to the end of a 16 week stretch, not sure I could do the full 52 though. Good luck!

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