ChiChi10 shares her transition to natural hair with the CurlyNikki.com community!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I had always thought about going natural. My friend at the time went natural twice and she encouraged me to do it, too. I felt like I couldn’t because I was broke and unemployed. I had a bunch of new growth, but decided to perm it anyway.

I decided to not perm again when I started working at my current job. My last perm was October 5th, 2008. I wanted kinky twists, but the prices were (are!) ridiculous. I finally got the hookup, but they only lasted a month, before I decided to go ahead and BC.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
My natural friend warned me against BCing. I listened to her thinking “Yeah, maybe I would regret”, but the thought of doing it kept tugging at my mind. I set up an apt for 8AM, February 7th. After waiting at this shop for two hours (the chick never showed up! Another strike for hair salons), I went down the street to another one. I sat there the entire with a stupid smile on my face.

After the fact, I was extra paranoid about breakage because the woman ran this fine tooth comb through my hair while cutting it! She was rough as hell, but I let her do it. I thought about cutting it myself, but was afraid I would cut it unevenly.

CN: What was your transition routine?
I pretty much washed every week with Kinky Curly products and tried to keep it moisturized. I had it clipped back until the end of December when I got my kinky twists, so there wasn’t much manipulation.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
I pulled my hair back until I got the kinky twists. They were in for a month and then I did one hair style that I was so proud of. It was flat twists at the top and bantu knots in the back. That was my first time doing anything like that. I watched videos on Youtube to learn the technique for flat twists.