CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a short term transitioner. I transitioned for five months. I planned on doing it for a year, but I was anxious to see my hair without the permed ends. Managing two textures can be quite difficult.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I BC’ed on April 11, 2008. I loved my hair instantly. I wish that I would’ve cut it sooner because I loved my short length.
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
My family was very supportive. I received nothing but positive comments.– it made me feel great about making my decision. It took a while to get used to the looks from complete strangers or the random comments that I overheard, but I knew that I made the right decision.
CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
I used to keep my hair in micro braids. I would shampoo/condish with Mizani Moisturefuse and moisturize my scalp with braiding spray. Sometimes, I did twist outs. I used Africa’s Best Lock and Twist gel. That worked well for my transitioning hair, but not so well when I became 100% natural.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I just used any moisturizer with shea butter in it because everyone raved about it. As I continued my journey, I started to make my own hair products using 100% natural ingredients.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I went natural for a number of reasons. After years of wearing curly/wavy weaves, I wanted to embrace my own God-given texture. I wanted healthy hair that could retain length and I wanted to be a positive role model for my daughters. I knew that I would never perm my girls hair even before I went natural. I wanted to show them that kinky hair is beautiful too. What better way then to show them by example?