Gradylady shares her transition story with the CurlyNikki.com community!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
Gradylady: I transitioned for 8 months. I consider myself a long term transitioner because I transitioned the hard way (as some would say). I didn’t get a weave or braids etc. I dealt with two textures for 8 months and it wasn’t easy. I wore rod sets and my mom would always get mad when she had to do my hair because of the new growth, lol.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
Gradylady: I BC’d in Feb 2009. I was excited about it. Once I cut all my relaxer out I loved the way my hair felt. I washed it everyday just so I could run my fingers through it. It felt so soft. The only thing I had a hard time dealing with, was the length. I wasn’t used to having short hair so I decided to get braids.

CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
Gradylady: I didn’t have a routine during the transition. I washed and put rods in. That would last me about 5 days then I’d do it all over again. Products I used were Cantu Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner.

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
Gradylady: I don’t think I moisturized that much because my hair didn’t show any signs of breakage. I use hot oil treatments once in a blue.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
Gradylady: I chose to go natural not for spiritual reasons like my “friends” may think. Some people think that since I’m natural I’m all of a sudden into nothing but Neo-Soul. My friend actually called me a fake natural because I don’t have an Anthony Hamilton cd. What does my hair have to do with music? I chalk all the comments I get up to ignorance. The reason I went natural is because I wanted to try something different. I was tired of walking around looking like every other chick with a wrap or doubie. There was beautiful hair underneath those chemicals and I wanted to show it off. Wish I would of went natural sooner. Better yet, wish I would of never put creamy crack in my hair at all, lol.