Meet Toi…newly natural and learning to love the shrinkage that comes with the territory!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, why?
T: My last relaxer was June ’08 and I transitioned for about 8 months with hopes of continuing longer but I couldn’t take it any more lol!

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

T: I bc’ed February ’09. My initial reaction was sort of surreal…I had finished taking out my braids and I just reached for the scissors and started cutting. I didn’t really feel anything immediately until I went to bed and cried myself to sleep! Not to mention, some of my friends weren’t feeling my decision at first. I immediately got more braids and I didn’t fully rock my natural until the summer. I’m so happy with my decision of BC’ing now of course!

CN: What was your transition routine?

T: For the first few months I would flat-iron my hair bi-weekly. After that, I would mainly wear twist outs, buns and braids/weaves. I also liked to co-wash with Suave or Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and deep condition with Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose.

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

T: I made sure to deep condition weekly and treat my hair with gentle hands. I always applied conditioner or moisturizer (B&B Oil Moisturizer, Mango Butter) in sections to make sure that no part of my hair was missed. I used sulfate-free shampoos to alleviate the stripping of moisture from my strands. Coconut oil was also a major lifesaver for my hair.

CN: Why did you go natural?

T: I went natural because I had been contemplating it for so long and I just felt it was time to finally do it. I was so tired of getting relaxers which yielded a sore scalp or going to salons and dealing with the long tedious process. I love big hair and I did not like the lifeless look of my hair post relaxer. My hair is very kinky, coily, soft, and I absolutely love it (learning to love the shrinkage!). I feel so happy and pretty now, more than ever and I love to see the growing number of naturals on my campus…it’s such a beautiful sight! CurlyNikki.com has been very influential in my healthy hair care journey and I make sure to tell all of my friends about it! Thanks so much, you are truly an inspiration!

1st photo: flat-iron 5 months into transition
2nd photo: twistout, my favorite transition style
3rd photo: my hair now!