Brittany shares her transition story with the CurlyNikki.com community!
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
Brittany: I was definitely a short term transitioner. I wanted to go natural since I was in high school but my mom wasn’t going to allow her daughter to walk around with a nappy head. So once I got the courage (and support from my godmother who is also natural), I grew out my relaxer for 2 months and BC’d before my mom could convince me otherwise!
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
Brittany: I Bc’d on December 22, 2008 (my birthday). I was doing my hair (which was already short) and when I pulled out the clippers to shape up my hair, I decided to cut the rest off the relaxed ends. I loved it!!!!!
CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
Brittany: Well, I just continued my same routine. I washed and conditioned weekly using Aphogee products and DC’d monthly with Pantene.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
Brittany: Well since my hair was already short I just wore it flat and let it wave up. I couldn’t really do anything else with it.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
Brittany: Like I said, I always wanted to go natural as long as I could remember. Every time I meet a natural sista I noticed they were typically more confident in themselves and comfortable in there own skin. Not that their hair was the only reason for this confidence, but I felt like it played a part. In school I was always a loner, and I would try so hard to fit in. If I had to change my hair, the way I dressed, or my personality to fit in, I would. So by the time I graduated high school I had no clue who I was as a person (which is a scary thing to realize). From that point I started doing some major soul searching. So when I decided to go natural it was my way of letting my family, the world, and myself know that I am the one in control of me. It was a major turning point in my life that has played a major part in who I am and who I will become.
Photo 1- Relaxed hair
Photo 2- Relaxed hair
Photo 3- BC
Photo 4- BC
Photo 5- My hair now
Photo 6- My hair now