CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner?
E: I am currently in a long term transition. I’m 16 months deep at this point so I may as well go for the gusto. My last relaxer was November 13, 2007.

CN: When will you BC?
E:I don’t plan to BC hence the long transition. I have a seriously HUGE dome piece and the short look is just not for me. I am slowly trimming off the tex(re)laxed ends.

CN: What is your transition routine? Staple Hair styles?
E: My transition routine is almost the same as it was when I was relaxing. I was a lengthy stretcher anyway going anywhere from 4-7 months between chemical services so I just follow the same principles I did then; do everything in four sections (wash, cowash, DC, detangle, etc), detangle under running water w/fingers and a large tooth seamless comb, moisturize and seal w/an oil regularly, keep hair detangled at all times. My staple hairstyles are wet buns and updos, braid and twist outs.

CN:How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
E: Cowashing has helped immensely along with regular dc’s and using a good leave in or water based moisturizer then sealing with oil. Sometimes I’ll use my conditioner as a leave in as well. It has worked wonders! Also, don’t be afraid to moisturize more than once a day. If my hair needs the extra kick, hey, who am I to disagree and deprive my tresses?

CN: Why did you choose to go natural? Are you happy with your decision?
E:I made the final decision to transition while doing a cowashing challenge last summer. As I stated earlier, I was already a hard core stretcher (and was actually doing a stretch at the time) but once I saw how easy it was for my new growth to stay soft and detangled with frequent cowashes and great products, I was hooked and said this chemical stuff is for the birds. My hair and I can go it alone and that’s what we’ve been doing ever since. I’ll be honest, some days I get very discouraged and feel the temptation to slap some relaxer in this stuff but the feelings always pass when I look at how thick my hair is and how I’ve managed to retain length and get some good growth even during my transition.