Meet Nadia… she shows us that “… you can be bald and still look fabulous!“
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
N: I was a short term transitioner. My total transition period was probably 3 months or so. Originally I was going to go natural because I wanted to do the Wave Nouveau process but after researching natural hair I decided that I would just stay natural and no longer use chemicals in my hair.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
N: My BC was on July 17, 2009. It was very exciting for me actually! I’m a very confident person and even though there were haters I knew I could rock my short hair and still be fierce. It’s all about how you carry yourself… you can be bald and still look fabulous!
CN: What was your transition routine?
N: I didn’t really have a strict routine per se. I would get my hair washed ever couple of weeks and then straighten the roots. My stylist would trim the ends when necessary until I finally decided it was time to big chop!
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
N: I had my hair cut short so it was pretty much a cute bob while I transitioned.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
N: I used and still use shea butter and essential oils to moisturize my hair.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
N: Originally I was just doing it as a means to an end but after learning about black hair history, thinking about how natural hair would fit into my lifestyle and seeing other women’s experiences, I realized there was no real reason for me to have to relax my hair or do any other chemical treatments. Our hair is beautiful as is and I didn’t realize that when I was 12 and begging for my first relaxer. Now that I’m older (and wiser) I can see the benefits of embracing the real you! I’m so much more hands on now with my hair. I try new products, I’m trying new things (I just did my first kinky twists a couple of days ago as a protective style!) and I love learning about my texture. There are a lot of forums and platforms out there for those interested in natural hair or who are newbies. I’m so proud now to be natural and wish I had done it a long time ago.
-The first picture is my relaxer hair long from a couple of years ago.
-The second picture is my relaxed hair in May. It was a short bob.
-The third picture is my big chop on 7/17/09.
-The last picture is my hair after a wash and go!