CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I guess I would say that I am a long-term transitioner; I have for the most part of my life wore my hair pulled back into a pony tail, if it wasn’t styled/straightened for a special reason; I starting noticing the sides and top of my hair thinning–I knew my I was causing my hair more damage than good by not embracing my natural hair texture and wearing it differently. I contribute my year of wearing “helmet hair” to societal conditioning on what constitutes beauty, lack of knowledge and effort learning how to care for and style my curly coif. I became recently inspired and eager to learn about my hair, that I made an hair appointment with a stylist that works only with natural hair to express my current styling woes and hair care product usuage and to learn of healthier products and techniques to embrace my curly mane.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
After my “natural” hair appointment, I was pleased with the end results of my style and the knowledge of different products and style techniques to enhance my curl pattern. I am learning through websites like this (thanks to a coworker who suddenly chopped off all her processed ends) and others ways to care for and style my hair.
CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
I am currently using the Eufora Moisturing line, shea butter, Paul Mitchell Foaming Pomade and two-strand twists to care for my hair. I am practicing and learning every day how to work with my hair and not against my hair.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
Two-strand twists and loose bun (not so much tension in the pony tail and no use of gel to hold my hair in place); I am wanting to practice the bantu knots and other styles I have seen
on this webite and others this summer…
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
To save my thinning hair line, embrace my natural hair texture and defy the standards of a lifetime of conditioning on what constitutes beauty, but most importantly to embrace and become more confident in ME…I am ready a visceral change!!!!!