-Were you a long term or short term transitioner & why?
Long term by way of mini chops, about 8 months (April-December 2007). I love short hair………..on other people. Lord knows I do not have the head/face shape for it LOL. So many of the women on the boards and the ones that have shared their stories on CurlyNikki.com that have BCed are so so fly!
-What was your transition routine? Staple hair styles?
Twist outs, twist outs, and more twist outs. Until I finally learned how to do a puff. Now being all natural, I’m a wash-n-go kinda girl most of the time. Unless I rock a braid-n-curl. I like to call it T-n-C’s cousin!
-How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
Cowashing and sealing with EVCO and shea butter. Now that I’ve learned so much about my hair from stalking/lurking, I like EVCO in the summer and castor oil in the winter. Still use shea butter for braids and twists.
-Why did you choose to go natural? Are you happy with your decision?
I have never been more happy with my hair and I fall more in love each day! At the age of 27 I had no idea what my hair looked like without a relaxer. As far back as I can remember my mother had me in a salon chair getting that “burning lotion” as I called it in my hair. I hated it so much, but grew to accept it. It seemed as if my hair caused drama when it was time for my mother to try to do it before leaving the house. When money was short for my parents of course my hair paid the price because that would mean no salon visits and my mom never took the time to do anything to it (wash, condish etc). It was only done when I went to the beauty shop. School was hard as a kid because I was the only black kid until 7th grade so nobody had hair like me and to top it off, my hair was a HOTT (yes 2 T’s) mess 95% of the time and I NEVER felt pretty because of this. It was awful for my self esteem, confidence etc. When I had my daughter in June 2006 I made a promise that I would do everything in my power to make sure she would have good hair practices and learn to love the hair she was given because God doesn’t make mistakes when making people, including what he puts on top of your head. Making that promise to both her and myself I had to learn about my hair and I’m so happy I did! I am so deeply in love with all my kinky, coily, nappy, curly, lovely lushness because its the crown of me!