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Serena- A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 20218 Comments
Meet Serena…military diva, and newbie natural stationed in Japan:

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
S: I wasn’t a long term transitioner at all. I only lasted for for about 2 1/2 months.

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

S: I did the BC 5 Sep 09. I am in the military and I am currently stationed in Japan, so transitioning was a little more challenging than I thought it would be. Especially being in the military, my hat is off and on all day, so I decided it was time. I went to the salon on base (it’s all Japanese women who work there) and told the lady to cut off all the relaxed ends. She didn’t quite understand what I was saying. I had some other ladies in the salon help me explain it, and the Japanese woman looked at me and said, “…are you sure? please don’t cry!” I think she was more nervous than me lol. I told her I was certain, and then she started cutting away. I just wanted to add that before I left my house, I went to and looked at some other BC stories and I said to myself, “I can do this”.

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

S: I didn’t do too much, I did more experimenting than anything. I tried bantu knot outs, twist outs, braid outs, ponytails, and buns (I’m kind of limited with the military regulations). I co-washed every 2 days with V05 moisture milk, added coconut oil, and styled with either my curl activator gel or conditioner.

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

S: Either coconut oil or conditioner

Why did you choose to go natural?
S: I remember when I was about 10 years old, my aunt did my hair into a french roll (so hot back then). My hair was natural at this time and we were standing in line at an amusement park and I remember hearing these girls behind me talking about how nappy my hair looked. After that, I begged my mother for a relaxer, and if she refused, I would sneak and save my lunch money for a few days and give it to my friend to buy me one. I never thought about the damage back then, all I cared about was that “white girl flow” as the girl from the Tyra Show put it. But now, I’m just so tired of the whole relaxer process. I want to see the “real me”. I never thought I would go natural, but I’m so glad I did.


1. My beautiful hair when I was younger
2. Relaxed hair
3. One of my transition experiments (Bantu knot out)
4. My hair now after the BC

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  • Unknown says:

    YAY!!! I'm Ro, and im in the Army! I've been natural for 14 months, and I dont know what to do with my hair..ahhh…any suggestions? I usually do the wash & go…

  • Britt says:

    That Tyra Show episode was heated…for those of you who haven't seen it, look it up! 🙂

  • Kattya says:

    Congrats Serena! I loved your story. It made me laugh because I had my own "I can do this" moment after a day on Enjoy your journey. You look beautiful!

  • MJ says:

    Thank you for serving our country!

    You're a cutie pie and your hair looks great! Love the bantu knot-out! Congrats on your BC!

  • Anonymous says:

    Love your bantu knot out pony! 🙂 I'm former Air Force and commend you on going natural. Go girl!~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    Serena said…
    Right now, I'm doing the same. I was thinking about buying some satin fabric and asking alterations if they would sew it into my hat; that way it's not so bad with the hat being on and off all day. If I can't find fabric, I might have to sacrifice one of my pillow cases lol.

  • Unknown says:

    Congrats! I'm a Sarina in the Air Force too! I just finished my transition and I'm wondering how to fit all my hair under my hat…It's too short for a ponytail so I've been wearing a black headband with a wash and go… do you have any suggestions?

  • Namun says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I like how you keep you regime simple by using coconut oil and conditioner. Congrats on your BC! Your hair is very cute.

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