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Cheryl- A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 20218 Comments

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a short term transitioner. I was just done with limp, thinning relaxed hair and I have always wanted to be natural anyway, so I finally made the decision to cut it all off. I know this sounds cliché, but it really was a liberating feeling. It was like some weight dropped off of me, and not even meaning the weight of some social, cultural, racial, political (and whatever other kind of ‘al that you can think of) issue. But the idea of not having to go to a salon anymore if I didn’t want to, not having to get that stuff that burned and left scabs on my scalp, and not having to waste all that time sitting around in a shop was just so freeing.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I BC’d in 2003 and my initial-initial reaction was like WOW! This is what my hair looks like. It’s crazy because I had about 2-3 inches of new growth and it was very silky and kind of straight at first. However, I’ve found that the longer I’ve been natural (minus straightening too) the more curly/kinky my hair becomes. It’s almost like the texture changed because it’s more spongy-like now. I love it either way though. I know people say to never say “NEVER”, but that is one thing that I truly know for sure – I will NEVER go back to the relaxer. I love my hair in its natural state over relaxed hair any day – even on days when I don’t know what in the world I’m going to do with it! =0) Now, back when I first cut it off, after my initial-initial reaction, I did have a moment where I was like “OMG, what have I done!”. That was after a few weeks when it started growing a little more and I just didn’t know what to do with it. But as you can see, I crossed that mountain victoriously. I didn’t go back…

CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
As I stated previously, my transition was very short. I didn’t give myself much time to grow my hair out. I was just ready to get those relaxed strands off. But if I remember correctly, I
wore braids and wet-sets a lot during that time.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
The braids and wet-sets, such as the straw set. Very cute!

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
At that time, I didn’t know much about caring for natural hair and was not privy to the wealth of information that we have now. So back then, I was still using the same products that I used on my relaxed hair, which I think was KeraCare. That quickly changed. I became an instant product addict trying to find that product that would help me tame these coils. For a long time, I was washing or at least wetting my hair every day. I discovered that that was a big no-no for me. I started getting more sores and scabs on my scalp. HowRemove Formatting from selectionever, once I found out about sulphates and the no-poo method (Thank God!) the scabies soon went away.

CN: What advice would you give another natural on her journey?
Stick with it. If this is what you really want, don’t give up and turn back. In some cases, it will take some time to get to a point where you are just really happy with your hair. But when you get there, it will be awesome! Know that there is a learning curve. You have to learn how to take care of it and learn what products, tools, and styling techniques work for you. Love your hair, be gentle with it and enjoy the journey.

For the pictures – the 1st pic was sometime several months after my BC. For pics 2, 3, and 4 – those are more recent pics (last month or so) of some styles that I tried (the bantu knot -out and some twisty thing that I did on old hair).

Cheryl- A Story of Transition
Cheryl- A Story of Transition
Cheryl- A Story of Transition
Cheryl- A Story of Transition


  • bacalove says:

    What do you twist with as you have great hair?

  • Jennae @ Green Your Decor says:

    Cheryl, you have gorgeous hair, and I'm loving how you rock it with the scarf!

  • Anonymous says:

    To: 'Huh?' =) When I stopped shampooing, co-washing and wetting my hair so frequently, that's when I noticed that the sores and hence scabs started to decrease. I don't have any now. Like I said before, I was doing some type of washing or at least wetting everyday when I first started out, but now I only wash (meaning shampoo) once a week and when I do, I only shampoo my hair one time (a tip that I got from Teri at Then I co-wash for the 2nd run through just to make sure my hair is clean. What 'Anonymous at 4:21 pm' said seems to make a lot of sense too about that soggy scalp, and scratching is definitely a big no-no. I still have to be conscious of that when I'm washing. I just naturally want to scratch if it itches. Anyway, besides shampooing once a week, I may co-wash once sometime during the week because I work out a lot and I sweat in my head terribly. So my washing/wetting has be reduced drastically from everyday to once, maybe twice, a week. Sorry for rambling. =) Hope this helped!

    And thanks ladies for the compliments!


  • Anonymous says:

    Goregeous hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    are you using your finger nails when you wash ? even gentle scratching during shampoo or even the day makes tiny tears in the scalp that need to heal, hence the scabs. Also have noticed i get them if my scalp does not have the opportunity to be dry for at least a full day in between washes. When i rewet it is only my hair with spray bottle not whole head under sink or shower. for some reason over time soggy scalp gives me scabs. Hope it helps:)

  • Maria says:

    Beautiful hair! I love the last picture with the scarf.

  • Huh? says:

    OMG – I have sores on the back of my head as well and I noticed them more since I started co-washing my hair 3-4 times a week and wetting it every day. Can you or anyone else who knows give me instructions on how to prevent that? I'm desperate – thank you.

  • Huh? says:

    OMG – It's like a light bulb just went off. I've noticed scabs and sores on my head and I've been doing very good with wetting and co-wash at least 3-4 times a week. Can you or anyone else who might know tell me how to avoid this please? I'm desperate! Thanks ladies and gents!

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