CN: you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
S: I was a short term transitioner. I recently moved to the west coast and was looking for a new hair stylist. After a few months of unsuccessful results, I decided that I could take care of my hair on my own and just let it grow out naturally. The two textures of my naturally curly hair and the permed ends began to literally get on my nerves, so it wasn’t long after that I did the Big Chop.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
S: I did the BC the first time January 2007. I was six months into my transition and was tired of dealing with the two textures. I did my second BC, January 2008. This time it was mere convenience. I liked having shorter hair as it was much easier to handle. Plus I was going through that in-between stage which for me was rough because I’m not savvy with twist-outs and the like.
CN: What was your transition routine (products included)?
S: My transition was spent mostly in ponytails. I would use Miss Jessie’s Buttercreme to keep my edges smooth. After doing the BC, I experimented with the Curls line and the Mixed Chicks line in addition to Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
S: Mostly in a ponytail. I am not too savvy with trying different hairstyles and generally the wash and go works for me. I also do a lot of buns.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
S: I condition my hair a lot. I only use shampoo probably once a month. I use shea butter to help with moisture and sometimes some coconut oil.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
S: I went natural because at the time I couldn’t find a stylist in the new area I moved to, that made me comfortable. The end result is that I am so happy that I did. I have so much more flexibility and my hair is incredibly healthy. I love it!