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Shantel-A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 202113 Comments

Meet Shantel…newly natural and loving every minute of it!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
S: I was a short term transitioner–I transitioned for about 4 months. I initially wanted to transition for a year because I wanted some length. I have never worn my hair short and I was afraid of chopping it off…plus I didn’t know how my husband would react–he loves long hair. But as the process went on, I realized that trying to hold on to the permed ends just to have extra length was contradictory to my purpose of going natural. So I realized my transitioning phase was over.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
S: I BC’ed on October 22, 2009. When I first saw myself it didn’t hit me, even while staring in the mirror, that I had cut my hair off (not until the next day). While I was sitting in the chair I was feeling so PROUD of myself. Every clip of the scissors I felt like a weight was being lifted off of my shoulders. Before the BC, I couldn’t grasp the freedom my fellow natural nubians expereinced…but now I can, I feel liberated! I really feel free.

CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
S: My family and friends were just in disbelief– they couldn’t believe that I would cut all of my hair off. Some said they LOVED it. Some said I looked flyy! Lol. My response was that my hair would grow back and that I was tired of the perms. They asked why I didn’t transition longer like I first said, and I told them they weren’t the ones who had to detangle all that mess. I’m soooooo over the long hair thing! My hair grows like a weed, it will grow back and I am a patient woman.

CN: What was your transition routine?
S: I didn’t really have that much of a routine when I was transitioning. I would co-wash about 3 times a week with HE Hello Hydration or Organix Nourishing Coconut milk conditioner. I didn’t use shampoo at all the entire time. I only detangled when I co-washed.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
S: I wore mostly very loose ponytails with my ends tucked in to prevent rubbing on my shirt collars. I also wore bantu knot-outs and braid-outs a few times.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
S: I chose to go natural mainly because I knew it was time for a change. My hair wasn’t breaking or anything from the perms, but I was tired of the hassle and tired of the same look. I wanted diversity. ALSO I saw how beautiful both of my daughters’ hair were. Especially my youngest daughter whose hair is thicker than my first and made me curious about how my hair would be naturally. I’m a young woman still trying to figure out who I am as a person. And I think loving who I am naturally and what HE gave me, is a great step in that process.

-First Picture-Perm
-Second Picture- Length before the BC
-Third Picture- THE NEW ME!!

Shantel-A Story of Transition
Shantel-A Story of Transition
Shantel-A Story of Transition


  • Anonymous says:

    I love the hair and all of the big chops!!! I wish we could have a natural hair convention. I live in NY!!!I used to have locs for 8 yrs, now I just have the curly twist out fro. I'm not really one to put my pix online. But maybe one day. I am one of curly nikkis fans on facebook. Keep looking beautiful ladies!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    GURL You betta get it with that TWA!!!

    OMG Fly is definitely the word that comes to mind!

    It looks amazing, and you have such a pretty face, even more so now, i think the short look really enhances your features

  • Queenofthe4s says:

    Awww your BC was on my birthday 🙂

    You look fly with your TWA! Werk it sista!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is Shantel… still learning to use this site. Just wanted to say thank you ladies for all the support. As if I need any more confidence with my twa!! You all just boosted it up even more. And yes I am truly loving my BC… thanks again

  • LBell says:

    Congratulations! My favorite quote: "I'm soooooo over the long hair thing! My hair grows like a weed, it will grow back and I am a patient woman."

    I am convinced that if you can grow long hair with a perm, you can grow it without one. I NEVER had long hair with a perm and my natural hair is longer than it's ever been. Of course, nobody knows but me, lol…

  • Eleven35 Bath & Beauty says:

    Girl you are workin' your cut! Do your thing.

  • Skeeta says:

    Its HOTTT. Luv it!

  • Anonymous says:

    What a brave young sister you are… I applaud you for going against the grain… and seeking to learn more about the "natural" you. I wish you the best in your journey… you are going to LOVE it!!! It looks good on you… wear it proudly!!! 🙂

  • missD says:

    you have beautiful eyes! that hair was in the way 🙂 love it!

  • Unknown says:

    Now that is a dramatic big chop! Woo!

  • Patrice-The Soap Seduction says:

    Now we can see your beautiful face! You're hair is gorgeous. Loves it:)

  • GG says:

    Good for you! Your hair is beautiful both ways, but your haircut really brings out your features. You are going to love your natural hair! Good luck on your journey!

  • Unknown says:

    You look FAB with your TWA!

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