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.
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You are ROCKING the BC. I tried to transition for a year, but my relaxed hair and new growth were not having it, and I ended up going with the BC after 5 months. My hair looked fabulous after I left the salon, but it has been one month since my BC, and I have not been able to maintain the look from the stylist. I was not prepared for the shrinkage that would occur as my hair sought out its natural curl pattern, and every day is a hair struggle for me at this time. Thank you for sharing your story!!
love the cut! you look gorgeous!
You look great!
Your BC was fabulous!
Congrats, girly! You look great.
you look gorgeous! Also, you did your big chop on my birthday!! I feel a connection, lol 🙂
Shalonda you look amazing! I love it!
You know I love it!!!!
GO GIRL! YOU LOOK FAB!