CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I guess you could say that I was a short term transitioner. I transitioned 2 days short of 6 months because I simply couldn’t tolerate the relaxed ends taking more than a whole day to dry when doing my wet sets. NO MA’AM PAM! lol They had to GO! I originally wanted to go anywhere between 8 and 10 months so that I could have enough hair to start twisting and trying new styles, but it didn’t quite work out that way. lol
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I BC’d June 6, 2009 AND June 7, 2009. I can’t lie….I hated it. I guess because the lady that did it, didn’t give me an experience to remember. She got the clippers and went to work on it, so I was scared in the chair. Then she took globs of IC fantasia gel (which my hair hates) and piled it in my hair. I went home to see if I could fix it, and that’s when I noticed something. In several places, I had permanently straight pieces of hair from the last time I flat ironed! *Transitioners beware of the heat* I was devastated because 6 months of growth was gone down the drain. My boyfriend got the clippers on June 7th and he cut all of the straight pieces off, hence my second BC. He got tired of me complaining about the straight pieces, lol! I was in love once I saw that I was free.
CN: What was your transition routine ?
I played around with whatever I could find on Nappturality.com. I stopped using sulfate shampoos and started using Dr. Bronner’s diluted with water and a little baking soda. I clarified once every week since I worked out a lot. I co-washed with VO5 Passion Fruit Smoothie whenever my transitioning styles weren’t presentable anymore. I deep conditioned with olive oil and honey with a little bit of conditioner added, which is what I still use as a natural sometimes.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
Braidouts and french braid ponytails <<< href="http://fotki.com/NaturallySweet09" target="_blank">fotki.com/NaturallySweet09. I would shampoo on Sundays, then put in the french braid ponytail and it would last until Friday. I would co-wash and do a braid-out for the weekend. Sunday, I would start all over again.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I was using cantu shea butter conditioning repair cream but then I realized that it didn’t play well with other products and that cones sadly dried my new growth hair to no end. 🙁 I bought shea butter and coconut oil, mixed them together and now it’s still a staple for me.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I was tired of the itchy, flaky, and dry scalp that couldn’t be healed. The flakes in my head were ridiculous sizes and embarrassing. I had tried everything under the sun. Selson blue, sulfur 8….you name it, I tried it. Scratching my scalp at all times was not a good look, so I finally went to a dermatologist (who is a beautiful natural) and she stated that I may have had an adverse allergic reaction to one of the many harmful chemicals in relaxers. Once she suggested to stretch the length of time between relaxers and see how I liked it, I took the plunge. I had already been 2 1/2 months without one so I was down. The itchies stopped almost immediately and the hair that was continuously shedding had completely stopped. I love my hair and it has made me appreciate and find what self love was all about. My hair is the most beautiful accessory I have! I walk around with a crown of glory and I have God to thank for it! 🙂
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Pic 1: Relaxed hair
Pic 2: BC #1
Pic 3: BC #2 the next day
Pic 4: 7 months in! An old twist out that I jazzed up a bit.
So pretty! Congrats!
Awwww! I'm so glad you came to see me! 🙂 Thanks boo!
My baby im so proud of you Im just now seeing this. I've been away for far to look. You look amazing!
@sh No problem!
Don't be afraid of dry hair Deezii! Just attack it with protective styling and moisture.
@sh I don't measure it at all. I just have 2 parts shea to 1 part coconut oil, a couple of tsp of castor oil and a couple squirts of aloe vera gel.
@The Star Thanks so much! 🙂
We share a BC anniversary! June 7! I just put my hair in a sew-in Dec 30 to take me through the rest of winter. Then, I'll trim and see what I'm working with. You & your hair look fab!
Will you tell me how much shea butter & coconut oil to mix together to make the hair oil?
your hair looks good! We transitioned for about the same time, only I BC'd in July. I've kept my hair in protective styles ever since though. I'm so scared of dry hair!
Shantrice–thanks so much for the advice–i see that it will take some patience for my hair to get moisturized…
Thank you K.D.!
She is such a cutie! Pretty hair. 😀
Thank you BFF! Love you too! 🙂
YAY!!!!! I love it!!! So glad u FINALLY sent in your story!!! Cute pics too ma'am!!!! Love ya!!
Oh I forgot your other questions @sh…Sorry! lol I don't sit under the dryer most times but I did in that pic above and it didn't last as long as my other twistouts. A trick that I use for my twistout is, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th day I run my hair under cool water in the morning, shake until all moisture has fallen off, and my curls and definition pops back into place. That's all! Works for me since I don't like to "sleep pretty" and my hair is flat to my head EVERY morning.
Thanks KeetaRay! 🙂
No problem Sunbaby! Thanks again ladies! 🙂
@sh I use unrefined shea butter from agbanga karite's website and I blend the coconut oils in until I get a whipped texture. That works better for my hair since it is very dry by nature. If your hair is anything like mine, it took about 4-5 months after my BC to stay moisturized. Before that I had to deep condition twice a week….yes it was that dry. I do not recommend shea butter alone as a moisturizer because from what I understand, it is a sealant….meaning you will have to use a moisturizing product such as a leave in first and then the shea. I have tried the two strand twists wet and dry and I can honestly say that it depends on the your hair. I get moisturized, but shrunken results with it being wet. Dry, I get better definition with less shrinkage, but not as moisturizing. It's all trial and error. Hope that helps!
Very nice!! Love the hair, u look so pretty! 🙂
Your twist out looks fantastic. I have had a very hard time w/my hair–cannot seem to moisturize properly–do you use the chunky shea butter and stir in the oils? do you recommend shea butter alone as a hair moisturizer? right now my hair is short but enough to twist–do i two-strand twist while wet or dry? do i sit under the dryer or air dry? how do i keep the twist out looking good? please help…sh
You have a beautiful face. Your TWA showed off your features. Have fun loving on your hair.
Looking good, you look so cute!
Thanks for the product info Shantrice/Naturally Swwet09. 🙂
Thanks so much ladies! I really appreciate your compliments! 🙂 @Sunbaby I cowashed with Giovanni Smooth as Silk, applied Giovanni Direct leave in, then as I twist, I use my Shea Butter/Coconut Oil/Castor Oil/Aloe Vera Juice mix and let air dry. That's all I use!
what a cutie! i love that really close cut pic. gorgeous texture.
You are really working that TWA. Very nice!
Love your BC#2. Your boyfriend did a good job. Also,love your most recent pic. What products did you use for that look?
Love your BC! You look awesome.