CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a short term transitioner. I decided to go natural July ’07 and BC’ed Nov ’07. Once I saw those curls spring through I couldn’t wait. I know….Patience is a virtue, but it was worth it. 🙂
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I BC’d about 1 1/2 years ago. My initial reaction was “What in the world did I just do?” I had worn long relaxed hair most of my life and wasn’t sure I would adjust to the cut. That feeling didn’t last long. I was proudly sporting the new look in no time.
CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
I made sure to deep condition my hair once a week during the transition stage. I was using Carol’s daughter products at the time because they had enough moisture for my low cut and they smelled soooo good. I also flat ironed my hair with the “Chi”. I wore my hair straight during the entire transition process.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
During my transition, I cut my hair into a tapered bob ( you know the original Rihanna hair cut from “Umbrella..ella..ella) 🙂 I t was the perfect style for me to keep enough length while cutting off most of my relaxed ends.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
Condition…Condition…Condition…. Oh yeah, did I mention Condition?
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I started this journey due to much inspiration from other natural sistas. I was one of those girls who thought that relaxing my hair was a right of passage. At age 13 I was so excited to finally have straight hair. For the next 13 years, I watched my once naturally curly hair get more straight and fragile. It no longer curled when wet and stayed the same length for years. I got tired of dying and frying it just to look fierce, especially when God had blessed me with a “naturally fierce” head of hair. So thus the journey began. I got my last relaxer July 18, 2007. I transitioned for 4 months and got the big chop November 9, 2007 and haven’t looked back.
Ladies, I met this girl…she is even more beautiful in person…her hair is STUNNING! Check out her fotki: http://members.fotki.com/vintagecurl/about/