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Jada07– A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 20215 Comments

Meet Jada07… natural and loving it! She was blessed to have the support of her hubby, fam, and friends during her transition.

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a long term transitioner. I got my last relaxer in September 2007 and shortly after, I decided that I didn’t want to do it anymore. I had been getting my hair relaxed for 16 years and honestly had no idea what my natural hair looked like. I had considered growing out my relaxer when I was a teenager, but after going about 4 weeks past my usual relaxer time, I just couldn’t do it. It took becoming an adult to really be able to take it seriously.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I did my version of a big chop September 3, 2009, almost exactly 2 years after my last relaxer. I say my version of a big chop because I didn’t cut all of the straight ends off. I just didn’t think I was ready to go as short as I would have had to in order to get rid of all the straight ends. My initial reaction was shock. I did not intend for the stylist to cut as much hair as she did, so it took me a few days to embrace it. After about a week I started to really love it. Now, 3 months later I am so happy with what I am learning about my hair and myself.

CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
My husband has been extremely supportive. He is happy as long as I am happy. Everyone else has been really supportive as well. I have a lot of friends who are already natural so it hasn’t been to bad to find support.

CN: What was your transition routine?
So, in 2007 when I decided to start transitioning, I did not know a lot about natural hair. I spent a good part of my 2 year transition time flat ironing my hair every 2 weeks. Imagine my dismay when I learned that heat damages hair and I was hurting the very hair I was trying to grow! This past summer I decided to not do any heat styling and see how I would be able to manage. It was great! I started reading blogs and watching YouTube videos and soaked up soooo much knowledge. Once I stopped flat ironing, I did mostly twist outs and flat twist outs. I even attempted a few roller sets. It was amazing to see my hair really start to show her true self. I started experimenting with various products and learned that I like Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue for my twist outs. Once I learned about co-washing, I started doing that as well. I am truly a PJ and will buy anything that seems like it will offer something for my hair.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
My favorite style is a twist out. I’m sure as my hair grows I will find something else that I love. I think it’s funny that I was doing twist-n-curls before I found your site! (because I had to roll my ends to make them curl and match my new hair that was growing).

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
Because I was going to the salon every 2 weeks for my flat ironing, my hair was doing pretty well during the transition. My stylist understood that I was transitioning and kept up with my deep conditioning and moisturizing using mostly Redken products.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I felt that with so much advancement in technology (flat irons) it would not be difficult to transition and keep it to myself. Now that I know about heat damage I probably won’t flat iron as much, but I also think that my perception of natural hair has changed. I am sooo in love with what is growing out of my head right now. I have a serious case of hand in fro disease!

Pictures –
#1 is me before my “big chop”.
#2 is a twist out.
#3 is a rod set.

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Jada07-- A Story of Transition

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