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A. Carr- A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 202124 Comments

Ladies, meet A. Carr! A natural beauty that has so graciously shared her long-term transition story with the CurlyNikki.com community.

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
A. Carr: I transitioned for 9 months, so I guess I was a long term transitioner. Cutting all of my hair off scared the heebeegeebe’s out of me, so I decided to grow it out to a length that was comfortable to me. I went to a salon after about three months of growing out my hair and the natural hair stylist made me feel bad that I wasn’t ready to BC. She implied that I wasn’t a “True” naturalista. She also said that the texture of my hair wouldn’t curl on its own and it would look more like a combed out Fro. After leaving, I was devastated (to the point of tears) and was convinced that going natural was not for me. However, after receiving a great deal of encouragement from other naturalistas, I decided that I would continue the process and have learned through it, that each person’s experience and journey is unique and special to them and I don’t have to live up to your definition of what natural is. (And btw, my hair does curl up on its own and I am soooo tempted to walk up in her shop and say Boooya! LOL:)

CN:When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
A. Carr: My last relaxer was August 2008 and I did the BC May 2009. My initial reaction was, “Oh nooo, what have I done”! Just being honest. But then I started feeling myself when I realized that I could finger curl my hair! I remember calling my best friend and dispelling the myth of good hair vs. bad hair. LOL. There is no such thing.

CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
A. Carr: For the entire nine months I used Kera Care shampoo, Humecto conditioner and coconut oil once a week. I kept it simple.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
A. Carr: For the entire nine months I used flexi rods. I would wash and deep condition my hair once a week and put the flexi rods in and that style lasted the entire week. I like simple and this style worked wonders for me. I was able to work out 5 days a week and still maintain a ka-ute style!

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
A. Carr: Coconut oil, Coconut oil, Coconut oil! I live and breathe this stuff and it works wonders. After taking the rods out of my hair, I greased my scalp with the oil and used it on my fingers to separate the curls.


CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
A. Carr: Honestly I kind of just fell into it. Initially it was because I was working out every day and my relaxed hair was NOT holding up. In the past, I have stopped working out because I didn’t want my hair to mess up, nor did I want to put heat in it every day. I started off putting rods in my hair and realized the longer I went without a relaxer, the cuter it became. During this process, I ran into an old friend who was natural and her hair was GORGEOUS!!!! The rest was history.

Back in the day…

A. Carr- A Story of Transition

Transitioning…

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2.5 months after BC…

A. Carr- A Story of Transition
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  • Anonymous says:

    I love the black and white picture of you, is that for a magazine? The dress is gorgeous!

  • Suburbanbushbabe says:

    What beautiful hair and style! Love that strapless dress

  • Anonymous says:

    I couldn't agree with you more about the coconut oil. Luvs me some coconut oil (spectrum organic ) is the brand I use. I buy mine at the whole foods too.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you all for your encouraging words and comments!

    I used Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Wrap/Set Mousse. You can purchase it at any Sally's or Walgreens. It always helps me to see the product that i'm looking for, so here is the link http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/Organic-Root-Stimulator#10_0.

    I purchased the Coconut oil at the whole food store.

    I recommend every natural to have a jar!!!
    The camera is a Sony Cybershot DSCT90 12.1 MP Digital Camera – Silver and I bought it at Best Buy. Love it!

  • mysskay says:

    Boooya! Love it!

    By the way can ANYONE recommend a good digital camera, these pics came out great, would love to know what camera you used. Need something that will help show curls well! Thanks ladies! Be ENCOURAGED to ROCK your natural do' (-_-)m/

  • . says:

    the black & white pic is very Gladys Knight – work!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is sooo BEAUTIFUL! I also would like to know what setting lotion or foam you use for your flexrod sets?

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely beautiful hair; where would you find coconut oil?

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your hair! So cute. It's almost time for my BC.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this transition story. You look great! I am going to a natural hair stylist who seems pretty nasty at times especially when I told her I wasn't ready to do the BC. Then she started telling me how unhappy I would be if I didn't do the BC and told me I didn't love my hair, why am I transitioning, etc. I'm changing stylist! or I'm going to start doing my own hair. It's also good to hear that you work out alot and can still keep your style. BTW – What setting lotion or foam are you using?

  • NappySince10/01/08 says:

    LOVE the blk/white pic

  • CurlyKye says:

    Girl your hair in that black & white pic in the dress looks like something out of a magazine!!! Your hair is gorgeous!

  • JessB says:

    i luv your hair…especially in the b/w pic! my BFF is gettin married & i'm tryin to figure out how i'm gonna style my natural hair…all the pix i've seen have been twists or braids, but your pic has inspired me to keep it simple! BEAUTIFUL!!! 🙂

  • Unknown says:

    Your hair looks great!! That would be neat if the stylist at that salon saw how beautiful your hair is! =) Definitely inspiring that you didn't let what she said stop you. Thanks for the great story!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks everyone for your compliments!

    I used the red long flexirods. Occassionaly when I wanted tighter curls, I used the small light green ones (straw set size).

  • sewdope says:

    your hair looks very similar to your transitioning styles. very cute! i can believe what your stylist said to you. that's such a misconception among black people in general. my grandmom and granddad both think i "look terrible" but when my cousin that has a looser texture wears a natural fro they tell her she's beautiful. it's a crying shame but that's how it is.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I've been transitioning for almost 6 months and I'm struggling with hair styles. Your hair is beautiful, I definitely need to try using flexirods! Which ones did you use?

  • Hue Reviews says:

    I love her hair and I think she should go back to that salon and show her. What a hater that hairdresser was.

  • yesterdayvintage says:

    WAY TO STICK IT OUT! YOUR STORY MOTIVATES ME!

  • KeetaRay says:

    Very nice! I am so glad that you didn't let the comment of the natural stylist discourage you. I know that wasn't easy! But now look, your hair is beautiful!!

  • Nikki2229 says:

    Your hair is beautiful. Your natural hair closely resembles the flexi rod set that your were wearing during your transition.
    You have lots of style and I love the dress in the B&W pic.

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