CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a “pseudo” long term transitioner. I first began my transition in October 2008 when I was scheduled for a touch up with my stylist and found myself aggravated at the state of my hair. What I was doing to my hair wasn’t helping it at all, so I decided to let it be. I kept my hair deep conditioned and in what I felt was protective styles.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
Roller sets and braids. I would switch back and forth between the two styles never keeping the braids in for more than 4 weeks.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I went through with my big chop on May 05, 2009. It was certainly a dramatic day for me. The two different textures had me in a love/hate relationship with my hair. I loved the texture of my hair (natural hair) but I hated how the two different textures were clashing. At one end I had these lovely tight coils at the other I had these limp strands laying against my head reminiscent of wilted blades of grass. So I decided enough was enough and I cut off all of the relaxed ends and was left with about 3 inches of natural hair.
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
Surprisingly my friends and family were very supportive. My fiancé would play with my TWA feeding me with compliments when I found myself hovering in front of the mirror to long. My coworkers would tell me how they prefer my natural hair to the braid styles or my relaxed tresses I had prior. So I am thankful for the support that I have received, it certainly helped ease the apprehension and uncertainty I initially had. Overall I am happy I decided to go natural after all these years I can honestly say that I am comfortable and happy with my hair. I love playing in my coils and seeing it grow healthier than it ever has before. I appreciate the online forums, blogs, and videos that I have had the opportunity to come across in my journey because they certainly have helped and will continue to be a medium for me.
Picture#1: Relaxed Days
Picture#2: Transition Style (Micro-Braids)
Picture#3: My Wash & Go (Favorite Style)