Meet Kasey and Wilona…yes, this diva has named her fro!
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
K: I was a long term accidental transitioner! I say accidental because I didn’t plan to grow out my perm, but I moved to a new city and none of the hairstylist rollerset hair, everyone got “beveled!” One day, after being at the hair salon for 9 hours, I decided to get a sew in, which I wore for about 2 years, renewing it every 3 months. Four hundred dollars and tons of Indian hair later, my hairline began to break off and I decided to see what was hiding under all of that weave (my bf was just as curious, he had never seen my real hair!).
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
K: My BC was on 2/13/09 and it wasn’t bad at all actually…I hadn’t really seen my hair for more than a few minutes in 2 yrs and my first initial thought was…there is alot of hair on the floor…but that’s what I get for not getting my ends trimmed in 2 yrs! I also thought my head felt very light,after all, I had been wearing 9 ounces of weave in my head on a continuous basis! My bf kept saying “you look so much better”– did he think I was looking jank the whole time?! lolol!
CN: What was your staple style during the transition?
K: SEW INS!! I was alll about some weave! I would just get them re-done and then shampoo and condition my hair with whatever was under the sink…I think motions products….a dab of Dr. Miracles products……some garnier fructis products…Cantu no drip scalp oil……..
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
K: As I previously stated, it was an accident and after my bc, I faithfully went to the salon every 2 weeks and got a shampoo, condition and flat iron. I thought since my hair was natural now that it wasn’t as damaging! One day I stumbled across a woman on Youtube doing Bantu knots and I liked it, so I started doing them between salon visits (you know when your flat ironed hair gets limp and greasy ). I have given up on the salon completely now and am giving my stylist the cold shoulder because I got into co-washing and pre-pooing, and discovered the wonderfulness of coconut oil, olive oil, and other natural goodies. I’m still learning to love the Shea butter, but I just hate the smell 🙁 Bantu Knots are my signature style…I wear them every day and my fro even has a name..Wilona! I love Good Times! I love “my Wilona” she is big and fluffy and doesn’t care if its humid or rainy! Ciao
1st pic…….Relaxed hair……..Dec 06
2nd pic…..One of the sew ins! June 08
3rd pic……As soon as I took down my last sew in 2/12/09
4th pic……As soon as I got home from the BC 2/13/09