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    Posted: Aug 16 2004 at 8:59am

Hi Everybody,

I'm in the process of transitioning from relaxed to natural and I would eventually like to get a texturizer. Currently I have about an inch and a half of new growth, but I would like to grow my hair longer. Is it okay for me to get a texturizer now, or should I wait until my hair is has more length? I've heard that texturizing short hair then growing it longer can lead to overprocessing and stringy ends. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2004 at 12:51am
I think it depends on how you are going to wear it. If
you are opting for a short style, why not just let it
grow another inch and then cut off the relaxed ends? If
you are wanting to wear your hair longer, I think you
should wait and grow it out as much as possible. Did
you ever consider weaving or braiding? These
(especially a weave where most if not all of your hair
is put away) are great options. When I texturized my
hair for the first time, it was all natural and very
long (bra strap). It came out wonderful and I only
intend to do redo it once every 6 months. My roots grow
in soft and wavy (I am a 4A), and so I will apply the
moisturizer between touch ups to keep it from breaking.
Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2004 at 12:53pm

Thank you so much for the info! I would like to grow my hair longer so I guess I will have the roots pressed until I can cut off all of the relaxer. I may also consider a weave. I think I will stay away from braids and twists in order to avoid drama.  (See my post in the natural hair forum.) Thanks again for your help!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 17 2004 at 6:49pm
Yeah I here you. I went through my braid drama too.
But I did wear weaves every now and again to give my
hair the much needed rest. The nice part is, if you get
a weave with natural looking hair (not super straight,
perm yakky stuff-but hair that is like a 4a and gets
frizzy with humidity) it really looks good, its easy to
manage, you don't have to do ANYTHING(maybe a slight
light press-but no relaxer) to the little bit of hair
that you leave out. As you weave your hair away each
time (a good weave will last 5-6 months) trim the ends
until the perm is gone. The beautiful part about
wearing natural looking hair(weave) is that when your
own 4a/4b starts to grow, you can make a very easy
transtion to your own hair....and not even your closest
friends will know when it is your hair or not! I don't
know where you live, but if you live in NY, you
definitely want to try the abode salon in Brooklyn. He
does the most natural looking, long lasting weaves there
are. And boy, do they make your hair GROW! There is a
website at [URL=http://hairtogo.8m.com]hairtogo.8m.com[/
URL]

have fun exploring yor options!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 18 2004 at 8:26pm
I am getting me a texturizer in my hair next month and I will not get my hair cut. I was thinking about put S&B Botanicals in my hair.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 18 2004 at 11:41pm
Sonnygirl:
S&B is what Iused. It worked very well. Just make sure
not to leave it on too long. I don't know the look you
are going for, but I only left mine on for 4 minutes
(just until the hair began to get straight) not the 8-10
minutes that they recommend. This just softened my hair
enough to give me nice spirals when I put seting creme
(black n sassy), or a nice fullness when I don't. My
hair is long and I tend to wear it pulled back in a
ponytail most of the time. The roots are wavy and the
"tail" falls into nice little spirals or a nice full
curly afro puff depending on what I put on it. Also, I
think that leaving it on less time makes it so that the
texturized portion of your hair is not so drastically
different from the new growth thereby reducing breakage
when the new growth comes in. I also think that this
enables you to go longer periods without retouching
which of course leads to breakage eventually as well. I
only intend to retouch mine onee every six to 12 months.
In the interim, I will keep my new growth very
moisturized (it will still be wavy at the root). Let me
know how yours comes out! Good luck!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 20 2004 at 10:20pm

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Thanks for your advice and I will make sure I don't keep my texturizer in my hair too long.  One more question what kind of shampoo do you use with your textrurizer and I like Creme Natural Shampoo it make my hair so soft and smooth...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug 21 2004 at 12:00pm
Sonnygirl:
Right now I am not even washing my hair with shampoo. I
am doing what is called "co washing". Just in case you
are not familiar with it, it simply means washing your
hair with conditioner. Right now I am following the "co
washing" outlined in the www.motionshair.com website. In
this process, you wash your hair with there CPR
conditioner and they have outlined a whole process. I
think that what they are outlining has more to do with
relaxed hair. So this is what I do:
1) I wash my hair with the CPR conditioner and leave in
in for 15 minutes. (as outlined in website)
2) while my hair is still wet, I use Black and Sassy
creme set. I like this product because it has no grease
and no alcohol. It makes my hair hold the ringlets and
keeps it from shrinking too much. The "no alcohol" is
very important because texturized hair tends to be very
dry on its own, and alcohol is very drying and will
eventually cause your hair to break off at the ends.
3)I use Care Free Curl activator right after I apply the
creme set. Someone had recommended the creme, but I
could never find it, so I use the activator and it seems
to work for me.

Tips:
I have a lot of hair (very long and thick). When
applying the texturizer I parted my hair into four
sections. I applied the texturizer to one section at a
time for about 3-4 minutes, and then neutralized each
section one at a time. Once I was finished with my
whole head I made sure to neutralize my whole head in
the shower 2x more. I also use the "four part" process
when applying the creme set and activator just to be
sure that I am getting to all of my hair. Once I am
finished applying all of my hair care stuff I pull it
into a ponytail and let it air dry. As it dries I apply
more CFC activator until it reaches the correct moisture
level.

I hope you find a process that works for you!
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