Meet NaturalNixon…loving her TWA and looking forward to BIG, healthy natural hair.
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
N: I guess you can call me a short term transitioner. I started this journey thinking I would transition for a year but after 8 months I could not deal with the 2 textures any longer. I was loving my natural new growth and knew that I could rock a short TWA.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
N: I BC’ed on Aug 14, 2009. On my way to the salon I kept rubbing my hair thinking “today is the day”. My daughter was with me and she was was very encouraging. She took pictures of the whole process. When I finally was done and looked at myself in the mirror I was like WOW, I did it! I felt free.
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
N: My friends and family were blown away with my new look and the courage I had to cut it all off. I let them know that “I am not my hair” and it will grow back longer and stronger.
CN: What was your transition routine?
N: I washed weekly with Giovanni Deeper than moisture shampoo and conditioner. For a deep conditoner I used My Dr. Miracle’s Tingling Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment. When my hair was not in a sew in or the braids I would twist or braid my hair on Sunday and the braid out or twist out would last for about a week. I like that it would get bigger each day. I used Africa’s Best Wonder 8 oil in the morning and night for moisture. Each night I sleep in my satin bonnet.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
N: I did not have one style that I favored. I tried many things. I started off getting my hair blown out. I was still going to the salon so my stylist was using Paul Mitchell products. I then went to a sew in so that I would not put so much heat on my hair. In May I got some braids hoping that would help me make it to the 1 year mark. That did not worked because I missed my hair. I did twist outs and braid outs using shea butter and olive oil. Love them!! I wore them until I cut it all off.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
N: Although I wore my hair short I LOVED big hair. After I got married I began to talk to ladies that had natural hair and they gave me tons of knowledge on natural hair. I begin to read and research and was convinced…THIS IS FOR ME. I want the hair I use to have when I was 8 years old..LONG, THICK, and BIG! I wanted to be free of the time and money spent in the salon. Since I have BC’ed I feel a new me has been revealed and I AM LOVING IT!
1st pic-me with a relaxer
2nd pic-me with a blow out and growing out my short cut
3rd pic-My braid out
4th pic-My Big Chop in Aug.