CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
N: I was definitely a short term transitioner, I’ve never really been a patient person, and I was wayy to eager to see what the results were. When my mom wasn’t looking I would sneak and cut off a couple of strands just to get use to the idea, finally I begged her enough to do it.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
N: I BC’d on January 31st, well since my head was full of different textures, my mom was afraid to cut off too much hair, so I was stuck with curly,wavy,straight hair. It was pretty confusing because I had just done my mom’s big chop a week ago, and her hair was nothing like mine, so I was a little disappointed, but after going to a barber and letting her shape it better..I can’t keep my hands out of it now.
CN: What was your transition routine? Staple Hair Styles?
N: Like I mentioned earlier I didn’t transition, I just mainly kept my hair in a messy ponytail, most in part to me being lazy. I’ve never been one to make a big fuss about my hair.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural? Are you happy with your decision?
N: Wellll one day I was searching youtube and I came across this beautiful lady with a head full of natural beauty, now before then I had no idea that almost everyone could achieve something so amazing, honestly I’ve always been pretty envious of curly headed girls. Even though God blessed me with long healthy hair, it finally hit me that whether my hair is natural or relaxed, I’m still gonna be me. So after doing tons of research I psyched myself up to do it. I’ve always had really long hair that reached the middle of my back, but to be honest when my mom started cutting away, I didn’t flinch, maybe it’s because I really wasn’t loosing anything, that I couldn’t get back 10 times better. I couldn’t be happier, I’m still at that point where I’m trying to figure out what to do with all the textures going on, but I’m really happy I did it. Its such a liberating feeling, that I believe all women of color should experience, honestly there are no words to express how happy and relieved I am, because now I see what the real me looks like.
pic 1 -hair before big chop
pic 2-hair after
pic-me bored/playing with hair