Meet Ashley…newly natural and finding her way.

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a short term transitioner– 4 months and a week to be exact. I wanted to transition longer but my mom inspired me to go ahead and big chop.

CN:When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I big chopped on November 24, 2009. My initial reaction was SHOCK! I couldn’t believe I had actually done it. When I looked in the mirror and saw myself for the first time, all I could ask was ‘is that me’? Then I said to myself, ‘I am beautiful no matter what’. From that moment on, I’ve been loving my hair…haven’t looked back.

CN:How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?

Surprisingly, my family and friends have been super supportive and positive. Even those who were negative during my transition have changed there opinions.

CN:What was your transition routine?

I would shampoo twice a month or as needed (product build up). Co-wash and deep condition every Sunday, or as needed. I would moisturize and seal every other day. Favorite products were elasta qp’s mango butter, cantu shea butter leave in, wild growth oil, EVOO, Vitamin shampoo and conditioner, IC Fantasia Olive Oil Gel.

CN:What was your staple hair style during the transition?

My favorite transition style was Bantu knot Outs. They were quick easy and cute! I also did straw sets, wigs, and quick weaves.

CN:How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I would rub mango butter all over then go back and smooth on each section (damp hair) then I would go back and seal with wild growth oil.

CN:Why did you choose to go natural?
I had been wearing weaves and I came to the realization that I was sort of becoming dependent on them. When I’d wear my real hair, I didn’t feel as hott. So, I decided to stop wearing weaves. Then I moved to Philadelphia and didn’t have a stylist, so I couldn’t keep up with my relaxers either. When I finally found a hair dresser, I got a relaxer and a week later, I decided it would be my last. I had always loved natural hair… I was just too scared to do it myself. I though my features were too dramatic.

1- Frohawk (bantu knots)
2- Bantu knot outs

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