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.
Thank You gals very much it is always great to hear positive responses because the only positive remarks I hear now are from family members lol!
I love your hair. It's always good to read about someone else's process…I love it as I journey myself…
Your TWA fits your face and you are definately confident with that ultra red… My inspiration comes from those of you who dare to be individuals and define your identity.
Nikki gave us a tad bit of knowledge and we just took it and ran rampant with it….
I can't wait to take my braids ( all of my own hair, by the way) down and try the coils next week….
Please keep posting your progress and any products that actually inspire your tresses…
One more question, what texture(s) is your hair?
Wow… I think you look gorgeous with or without hair. It's a great thing when we realize our hair does not define us.
Your Twa color is beautiful. OFF TOPIC- how do I post a reply on here with my registered name?
Your hair is gorgeous! I love the look on you.
You are rocking your red TWA!!! Simply gorgeous!