Aisha heard the call, and graciously shared her 4a/b love story. Check her out and show her some love!
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, why?
A: I was a little of both. Lol. My last relaxer was January ’09. I BC’d in May, but wore micro braids until September. I initially wanted to transition for one year, but quickly became impatient with my hair and with my stylist. Several of my girlfriends had recently BC’d and I was ready to join the number!
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
A: I BC’d in May ’09. To be honest, I hated what I saw in the mirror after my hair was cut! I’d seen my friends come back from their BC’s, with beautiful bouncy curls. That was not what I saw. I saw a head of short kinky hair that I had no clue how to take care of. I thought to myself, “What have I done?!” Now I love my hair. Thanks to curlynikki.com and others, I’ve learned how to take care of my natural hair.
CN: What was your transition routine?
A: I went to the salon every 2 weeks for a shampoo and deep condition, with Motions. After that, she would flat iron my hair. I had a short cut at the time, so I couldn’t wear rods or roller sets. Once I got braids, I would wear the braids for 6 weeks, removing them only to cleanse (DevaCurl No Poo Moisturizing cleanser) and deep condition (Jane Carter Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner) my hair before putting new braids in. I really made an effort to protect my hairline.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
A: This is something that I tried to focus on. I tried transitioning in 2007, but my hair broke off so badly where the two textures met, that I felt forced to relax again, just so I wouldn’t lose all my hair. This time around I used Carol’s Daughter’s Healthy Hair Butter. While my hair was braided, I used an Olive Oil spray to make sure that my hair was still moisturized properly.
CN: Why did you go natural?
A: There were several reasons that I decided to go natural. Although, I have very thick, kinky hair, I’ve always had a super sensitive scalp. Relaxers always burned my scalp and I ALWAYS had scabs. I would have to use the ultra-sensitive relaxers, which my stylist charged more to use. I also noticed that I hated my hair right after relaxing it. It was always too straight. I didn’t enjoy it until I had a little fluff. The main reason that I decided to transition and stick with it was my daughter. I didn’t want her growing up with a mother that wasn’t happy just the way that God made her. One of the things that I want my baby girl to know, is that she never has to conform to anyone else’s standards of beauty. She’s perfect just the way she is. How could I teach her that if I wasn’t a living example?
The first is my relaxed after I had it cut
The second is my hair in between braids in July ’09
The third is my hair now.