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Amanda- A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 202121 Comments

Newly natural, and bursting with self confidence, Amanda submitted her story to inspire the long term transitioners. Enjoy!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
A: Lets see….I would call myself a long term transitioner. I got my last relaxer in February and was not ready to chop my hair off–I had long hair for the better part of my life. The original plan was to transition for a year, but that did not go as planned. I got tired of the two hair textures and was extremely anxious to see my locks. I transitioned for 7 months before I did my Big Chop.

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

A: I did the big chop on October 1st ! When I first saw my hair (or lack there of) I was anxious and very nervous! I did not take anyone with me so I was like “Oh my Gosh, what will everyone think?” I knew I had to go to work (the job I had only been on for 2 weeks) and face family and friends. I was unsure about the texture and curl pattern of my hair. I looked in the mirror like a million times and just completely fell in love and didn’t care if people liked it or not, because I

LOVED IT! I was ready for my big earrings and makeup to go with my new cropped cut!

CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
A: My transition routine was to maintain the two textures and prevent breakage. I wore micro-braids for three months and twist-outs until I did the big chop. For the twist-outs, I mainly did bantu knots, and either wore it in a Mohawk or pinned the curls up for a cute updo. I wore it straight a few times, but I stopped, because I knew it was damaging.

Products I used:
-Carol’s Daughter Hair Butter for moisture to set bantu knots
-Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk for moisture for fluffing after twist out
-Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner for deep conditioning
-Olive Oil for moisture and shine

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
A: At the age of 3 years old, I had really full, thick and healthy hair. I guess my mom found it hard to manage and did not have the knowledge to care for natural hair, so she gave me a relaxer. I’ve had one ever since and never had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with my natural texture (with the exception of pictures). I have always been the girl known for the “long hair” or “pretty hair” which was not a problem, but I have always had a fascination with big hair and curls. Fast forward to a year ago, I started visiting the salon every two weeks and was seeing great results…at that time. When I got my last relaxer I noticed that my hair was long but was thinning on one side and at that moment, decided it was time to make a change. Besides, the relaxers were pricey and I hated living around my hair. I did extensive research on natural hair and the different textures to get a feel of what to expect. I waited until I was sure I was ready and completed my transition. I am so happy with my decision. I look different, and feel different, and it takes real self assurance to wear your natural hair and I couldn’t be more pleased!

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Amanda- A Story of Transition

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Amanda- A Story of Transition

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  • Anonymous says:

    She looks so beautiful!! I actually think the natural look suits her better1! Congrats girl you look lovely.

  • Dee says:

    Amanda, what is your contact info on here? Your screen name or something. I have a couple of questions for you…

    Thanks Dee

  • Anonymous says:

    YOUR HAir is pretty

  • Haughty Heifer says:

    Greetings Gorgeous,
    I live in northern Cali and I'm a proud happy nappy; have been for many many years. However, I wish more of "us" (in northern Cali) were more accepting of natural styles. Half the time (some) folks look at me like "Girl, you should put some creamy crack in your head." Or, "Why didn't you comb your hair?" I believe it's because I live in a town that is culture-light. I'm going to change that and relocate to an area where naps in all of their glory are wholeheartedly embraced.
    Peace and hair grease and continue to rock the naps.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is Amanda and thanks everyeone for the beautiful compliments! I never even heard ANYONE say ANYTHING about my features until I cut my hair! You guys are awesome and I love my hair! ( i also love the comment about i look as if something smells bad…ill def work on that ! lol) Thanks Nikki! Youre the best!

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  • nellboogie says:

    Your hair and style are bananas!

  • Anonymous says:

    Keep that hair off your face and keep smiling! The short hair looks hot on you and I love that last picture. (the first two look like you smelled something bad). lol

  • Nika says:

    you look great and we bc'ed the same day ;)

  • Dania says:

    I love her hair… it looks amazing! Oh! and another Dania, how neat! Go us!

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! CONGRATS!!!!

  • Unknown says:

    Too cute! Welcome to curly land! LoL =)

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG!! I think straight hair does not give your features credit. You look so beautiful with curls lady. Keep up the good work.

  • Anonymous says:

    looks great natural!!! It makes your cheek bones stand out!

  • Denise Taylor says:

    you look fantastic in the second pic with the green shirt. The natural short do definitely frames your face better. Even if you decide to grow it out, keep it off your beautiful face =)

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow. Your short hair style highlights your delicate features. Congrats on going natural.

  • Dania says:

    Fierce both relaxed and natural!!!

  • MissCurly says:

    Looks great. Seeing pics like yours makes me think… Why did they wait so long to become natural??? In my opinion you look better natural not that you looked bad before lol. Your natural hair just brings out your beauty more.

  • luvleelox says:

    What a fresh new look…love it and I also love coming acrossother black women named Amanda…did our mother's know each other??? :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Cute bc Amanda. I especially like the second pic. The earrings are very cute and the green blouse:) Your features were hidden with the long hair!

  • dajewel1982 says:

    she looks amazing!!!!!

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