Meet Bukky O…long term transitioner, learning to work with her two very distinct textures:

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
N: Long term… I am currently 10 months post and don’t plan to BC earlier than 18 months post. My last relaxer was on December 20th 2008.

CN: What is your transition routine?
N: In February of this year, I discovered the joys of co-washing (I tried it in 2007 and wrote it off as a disaster, tried it again this year and it’s a keeper) and loved it!!! So now I co-wash 3-4 times weekly. Apart from that, I stick to my pre-transition routine – deep condition twice a week, and moisturize twice daily. I don’t use heat (no blowdrying, no flat ironing) mainly because I work out 5 times a week and also because I prefer my hair curly (braidout, twistout, rollerset… when I do rollersets, I usually airdry).

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
N: I love braidouts and twistouts… I tried out braids (no extensions) @ 30 weeks and now they’re a huge part of my transition routine! I recently made the decision to braid (no extensions) for 3 weeks, then leave my hair out (twistouts & braidouts) for a week, then go back to braids for 3 weeks. I think this will allow me to transition for as long as I need to.

CN: How are you moisturizing your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
N: I spray with my moisturizing spritz (conditioner, glycerin, EVOO and water) and seal with my shea butter mix (unrefined shea butter, castor oil, coconut oil and aloe vera gel). I also make sure my hair has enough protein, my deep conditioner is a light protein, my leave-in conditioner is also a light protein.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
N: I’d reached and exceeded the goals I set while relaxed… Then I suffered a minor setback in December and I wasn’t interested in getting past APL (relaxed) again so I was ready 🙂
I’d always said I’d go natural in the future but earlier this year, @ 7 weeks post, after spending days stalking naturals fotkis, I made the decision to transition and once I did, I knew that was it 🙂
I guess it helped that my Mummy’s hair was natural and BEAUTIFUL!

Relaxed – August ’08
Twistout – Jul ’09 @ 28 weeks post
Braidout – Aug ’09 @ 33 weeks post
Braids (no extensions) – Oct ’09 @ 44 weeks post
Texture Shot – Aug ’09 @ 34 weeks post

Fotki: Transitioning Pictures –

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