Tawanna answered the call for 4a/4b divas. After a long term transition, and an even longer mental transition, here she is…more beautiful than ever!
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
T: I was a long term transitioner. I was not prepared for the outcome. I totally went by the textures of my edges and I knew my hair would not be manageable. So afraid of the unknown, I prolonged the debut of the natural. From Oct. 2008 – Sept. 2009 I wore wigs, weave… any anything to not deal with my hair.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
T: I BC’d July 31st. I cried myself to sleep. I told my husband that I could not believe I was this UGLY–all the while, he was snapping pics of me telling me how beautiful I was. That helped, but I didn’t believe it. Everyday, I went out to buy a relaxer but didn’t go through with it.
CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
T: I conditioned my hair, twisted it, and put it under a wig. I loved the wig! But I really wanted to wear my hair out. I used cantu leave-in conditioner which I still use, and Aphogee reconstructor which helped me to comb through it while co-washing.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
T: I used Garnier sleek and shine conditioner. I love this stuff. Then I put a leave-in conditioner on it, Cantu, and the oil moisturizer. I never experienced breakage.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
T: I chose to go natural because I had a little girl in Nov. 2008, and I never plan to relax her hair. I want her to know she is beautiful in the skin she is in, no matter what. So I started thinking, how can I tell her this if I’m addicted to the CREAMY CRAC?!. So it became more of a challenge and a true journey for me. Best decision I ever made!