CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?

The transition from a perm to natural was a long term decision for me… I was just unsure as to what I would do with my hair afterward. I didn’t know whether or not I wanted a long term commitment such as locs, or just wanted to learn to maintain my new mane. So far, I’m just taking it day by day.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?

I BC’ed on August 1, 2009. My reaction in the chair as I watched the men in the barbershop look on was, “OMG what did I just do…no man will ever want me again!” Doing this has gave me more confidence in myself. I no longer solely depend on my hair to make me feel good…It’s no longer a crutch for me.

CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?

Of course I had a few family members that said ‘what did you do to yourself?’, but I told them “nothing, my hair isn’t who I am…it doesn’t make me.” I had a few tell me that I look gorgeous with a bald head.

CN: What was your transition routine ?

I used Shea Butter Moisturizer and O’Pro leave in conditioner to try and maintain moisture. I am still on the hunt for the best moisturizer! I am currently using African Pride Moisturizer and loving it.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?

I normally would leave it out in a curly fro, but now as it gets longer I am trying to find a style that works best with my face and works with my hair texture.

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?

I used cholesterol in my hair after every condition. I’d leave that in for 10 minutes and upon rinsing, I applied a small amount to my hair to leave in.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?

I’ve always liked the look of my new growth but because I had a perm, I couldn’t keep it that way. I also loved to color my hair, but perm and color could not go hand in hand for me… my hair fell out every time. Being held back from doing what I wanted to do with my hair made me ready for the BC.