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?
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The last two styles become you the most. You're definitely headed in the right direction.
Congrats on your transition and being a positive role model for your daughters!
Beautiful transition story. Glad to hear you're showing (and not just telling) your girls to love their natural locks!
Thanks for sharing. Love the twists. Can't wait for my hair to get long enough.
Beautiful hair, love that first picture. I think it's great that you are leading by example! 🙂