CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
S: No, I tried, but I only transitioned for 5 months this time, the longest I’ve transitioned was 7 months. I’ve been natural 3 times before Sad smile emoticon I know I’m a HAM. This time my relaxed hair was super damaged, so it just made sense to just do the big chop.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?

S: I BCed August 16, 2009. I’ve been natural previously so it wasn’t a big deal.
I’ve been natural at least 3 times before so since 2003 I’ve been mostly natural… I would always end up getting a relaxer and end up going back natural.

CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?

S: I tried to do a lot of protective styles, I didn’t comb my hair unless it was wet. I used a denman when I would detangle and that worked wonders.
Products Used:
1. Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner
2. Coconut Oil
3. Shea Butter ( until it started breaking me out)
4. Suave Products ( basically anything cheap)

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?

S: Initially it was a wash and set, then it was flexi-rods, then it was just ponytails (btw, I wouldn’t recommend transitioning with ponytails, my edges were breaking so badly).

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?

S: I would use coconut oil sometimes, to be honest I wasn’t consistent so I think that’s why I couldn’t last that long.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?

S: I’ve been natural before, and I loved it. I think it’s just me, uncomplicated no additives. I’m just not a relaxer girl, when I had a relaxer I was the queen of wash and sets and I spent so much time on my hair, once I became natural in 2003 , I realized how beautiful it was and just couldn’t go back for too long. My biggest problem is I would revert back to perms whenever I was stressed out in relationships or just simply felt down. I’m learning not to use my hair as an emotional outlet.

Relaxed Hair

First time going natural

Jan 2009

New Cut