Meet Nellboogie–a diva on a mission for blond bangs, turns all natural!
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
N: I think I was a rather long-term transitioner as my motives for going natural this time around (I had previously done so in 2004/2005 but alas, that “Halle Berry” haircut began to “call” me so, I was once again a slave to the “lye”…LOL!) were not of the best intentions for the health of my hair. I simply wanted to have blond bangs. I knew that my hair would not be able to handle both bleaching and relaxer, so I chose to go natural instead. I bleached my hair about 2 months into an 8-month transition. I planned on being a really long-term transitioner (like 2 years) but the blond bangs fell out of my head like pine needles off an old Christmas tree. LOL! I knew then my BC would be sooner than previously anticipated.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
N: I BC’d April of 2009. I washed my hair and I was dreading the blow-drying and flat-ironing process, so I wore a hat that day. I got home and one, little curl was peeking out the back of my hat…that is when I decided that that day was as good as any to do a Big Chop. My hubby was out of town, so I cut a huge plug out of the top of my head and sat down and ate a sandwich for lunch. I figure that was the only way I would do it for sure. : D My reaction to my natural hair was shock and instant love. When I was natural a few years back, I never wore my curls. I went to the shop once a week to have my hair straightened. I thought that working in a professional environment would not allow such freedom of expression. A few years later and equipped with a lot more knowledge, thanks to sites like CN, I have a new found appreciation for the beautiful textures that grow from our heads!
CN: What was your transition routine?
N: Flat-ironing and micro-braids were my styles during transition. I used all of the natural “staples”…shea butter, evoo, honey, aloe, and a leave in conditioner without “cones” I mixed Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey with my shea butter for extra moisture and I love the way it smells.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
N: The breakage from the hair color was the catalyst for my choosing to go natural, but that little curl that day literally demanded to be seen and I finally decided to let my hair dictate what it was capable of. Some days are rough but the journey is awesome! My hair is different today than it was 5 months ago. I am truly proud to say that I am happy to be nappy, coily, curly, and wavy. I am even content with that patch at the top of my head that does absolutely nothing. As the saying goes, “Whatever it is, let it be”.
Pic #1–Naturally pressed and curled 2005
Pic # 2–The day I BC’d (April 2009)
Pic # 3–Wash and go-with coils (September 2009)
i'm a teen…for the past few weeks i've been back and forth about going natural, but, hey, why not give it a try. If I don't, I'll always wonder…
you look beautiful! i love the wash and go w/ coils especially! um, might be a dumb question but how did you do the coils? wat product did you use?
i love the wash and go with coils!! this might be a crazy question, but how did you achieve the coils? wat products did you use?
I have to be honest…. I was sitting around here with hair that I been neglecting for the past couple days and when I saw all your pretty curls and coils….. I hopped right up and went and gave my hair some much needed love. So thanks for that, lady! Your hair is beautiful! Your wash and go is ON POINT! And although you hate your BC pic, I love it. AND your skin looks AWESOME! Be blessed 🙂
Your hair is really cute…i love the curls.
Very cute hair…..
LOL @ "too hot". UR hair is 2 cute. Would love to know wash and go products and routine. ;o)
Beautiful Hair! I love the coils!
Thanks for the love guys!!! I must say I HATE my BC pic…camera too close!!! LOL! For Brittany, I do have some pics of the blond, I would love to send to you, just let me know. Girl, I thought the blonde was so hot…actually too hot as my hair fell out…LOL!
Very pretty coils. Your hair is so full! ~KF519
Your hair is so pretty! Nice growth too!!
Congrats! Your hair looks great!
Your hair looks great! I sometimes wish I had BC and let my hair be short… but I've always had long hair and couldnt bring myself to do it 🙁
anywayz lol… you look great queen!
Your hair is gorgeous! Would you happen to have any photos of your blonde hair?
cute! her hair grew a lot in a few months.
Very nice!! Her hair looks so soft. Congrats on going natural 🙂