CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a short term transitioner. When my hair was relaxed I desperately needed a change. I began to change on the inside (spiritually) so I wanted my outer appearance to also reflect it. My hair was mid-back length and I cut it into a pixie cut. My hairstylist put a texturizer in my hair instead of a relaxer so I could have more styling options. I loved it, but I couldn’t achieve that spiky, messy look without applying a lot of heat because of my texture, maybe? I don’t know, but I couldn’t always go to the hairstylist either. When my hair was long I would style it my self and only go to treat myself, LOL. Eventually I became frustrated and decided since I cut most of it off anyway, why not go natural while my hair was still short. I read a LOT of blogs before going natural so I would be able to have some knowledge on natural hair versus relaxed hair.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I officially bc’ed in January 2009. I had *maybe* 3 inches of hair at that time. I had recently texturized my hair so I knew I would have to cut it as short as possible. On a whim, I took a pair of scissors, went into the bathroom, and just chopped off my hair. Once I realized my hair was gone on one side I immediately called my stylist so she could fix it. She didn’t answer the phone so I had to finish it myself. I had to go to work the next day, but I did not want to go! Luckily, no one at work said anything or noticed, LOL. I must admit when I first chopped one side off I had to laugh to keep from crying. After about a week I was okay. I would recommend letting someone cut your hair for you!!! My hair was sooo uneven and I used regular scissors which caused my hair to frizz at the ends. I know better now, but at that moment I knew if I didn’t do it, I would never be brave enough.
CN: What is your staple hair style?
Right now the only style that I wear is a wash-n-go. I have tried a puff a few times. I usually wash my hair with Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo (old formula…. side note: I HATE the fact that the new formula has sulfates UGH! What were they thinking???) Then I apply Hello Hydration as a leave-in. ***Thanks CN and readers*** When I get out of the shower I apply a very small amount of Kinky Curly Curling Custard and I put jojoba oil on top of it to keep away that crunchy feeling. That’s it. The KCCC gives my hair so much definition. At first I hated it because it dried like a gel. Once I discovered the oil and put it on top of KCCC while my hair was wet I was sooo impressed! This is what I call my holy grail for now anyway 🙂 I don’t wet my hair or wash it daily. I used to, but discovered it’s not always necessary. Sometimes I’ll only wash it once a week. It just depends on how it feels. I sleep with a satin bonnet at night. If my hair needs a little something I’ll spritz it with a mixture of water and conditioner. Sometimes in the shower I’ll run my wet hands over it. As you can see, I’m not good with a set routine lol I just wing it. Oh and I deep condition every week sometimes if I’m lazy every two weeks. I use Pantene’s R&N Deep Breakage Defense.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
As I stated before I needed a change. I’ve toyed with the idea for a looong time. I first fell in love with natural hair when I saw a friend’s locks. I witnessed her process and became curious. Her hair is beautiful. I didn’t make the decision before because (honestly) I was afraid. I’ve always been told never to cut my hair. I wouldn’t look right with short hair. Then after I cut it I wanted to go natural. Of course more people told me not to, but I’m so glad I did. Now I think to myself why did I ever listen to them? It’s funny because before I could never walk in the rain. Now I don’t care. I have a sense of freedom. I also look forward to new growth lol! … and we know when you’re relaxed you DESPISE seeing new growth! My hair has never grown this fast before at least I can’t remember if it has. I like that I can retire my hairdryer for now. Thank you to curlynikki.com. I’ve received so much great information because of this site 🙂
The first one is from my relaxed days and before the first cut. The second one is me with the pixie cut (back view) w/ the texturizer. The third one is my BC picture. The fourth one is about a week after my bc. The fifth and sixth is my natural hair now.
Lost_one needs our help! Check out her question below:
My hair isn’t that long but I would like to try coils or a twist out but they won’t stay. They keep coming unraveled. I am limited with my style options so I was wondering if maybe you or your readers could give me some advice on the products to use especially for a coil out. Is my hair too short? Please let me know what you think. Thanks again!!!
I personally don’t think her hair is too short for twists. Perhaps making them smaller will prevent unraveling. Also, a light gel or styler may be necessary. What do you guys think?!