How I Transitioned:
I transitioned for 10 months. My last relaxer was May 26, 2009. I decided to transition by wearing my hair in cornrows for the entire time. The first 4 months, I wore the cornrows out. The next 5 months, I wore wigs over the cornrows. The last month, I wore a pinned up braid out which was achieved by taking the cornrows down and pinning them up with bobby pins.
I only co-washed the entire time I transitioned. I knew that sulfates were bad for the hair but, I had not found a sulfate-free shampoo that I wanted to try. At the beginning of each week I co-washed my hair with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner and I then cornrowed the hair for the week. I did this process for the majority of my transition.
On April 5, 2010 I cut off the remaining relaxed ends with the help of my sister, Alison.
Here's Some Suggestions for Your Transition:
If you don't wish to transition with wigs there are numerous options available.
1. Do a Big Chop and rock a stunning TWA. Usually when people rock a TWA they let their relaxer grow out for about 4-6 weeks. And some don't worry about growing it and rock a closely shaved look. Do what you feel is best for you.
2. Wear twist-outs and braid-outs. This method helps you to retain the most possible length before your BC. By wearing the twist-outs or braid-outs then you will be able to blend the two textures of your hair.
3. Wear rollers sets, rod sets, straw sets, etc. This is another option versus the twist-outs or braid-outs. Yes, it is more time consuming but, it is more than possible. This could be an option to wear if you wanted to try something diferent.
4. Extension Braids. I am usually hesistant to suggest this route simple because of the tension/stress braids can put on your hair. Therefore, if your choose to rock extensions braids and/or twists during your transition please make sure there is not pressure on your hair or edges. You want to grow your natural hair out--not damage it in the process.
Also, during your transition it is best to start learning your natural hair. Start using better products and develop a new hair regimen. Try out different conditioners for co-washing to see which is best for you. Try out sulfate free shampoos. Embrace natural oils. Simply put, find what works best for you and your developing natural hair. Don't be a stranger with your tresses!