CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I chopped my hair off 3/28/09, it was a week after my mother’s funeral, and I did not want to be bothered with those straight ends anymore. I called a friend over, told her to bring her camera, and when she got to my house I just started cutting. Because my BC was very spontaneous, I was very shocked at the end result. It was very uneven. So months later, July, I went to a salon, and got a proper cut, and shaping.
Both of my sisters are natural, my mother was locked, so my family is used to natural hair. It took some time for my then boyfriend to get used to it. My co-workers are used to my frequent and drastic changes in hair styles. When I started working with them 2 1/2 years ago I had dreads. Then a relaxer. I might come in one day wearing a wig, that trails down my back.
I merely told everyone that they needed to go with the flow, it is only hair.
I shed like crazy, so my staple was the Deity America Deep Conditioner for Damaged Hair. I did treatments with that every 2 weeks. My shampoos were Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint, and Aphogee Deep Moisture Shampoo. Other staples include shea butter, extra virgin coconut oil, and Elasta QP mango butter for twist outs and braid outs.
Once I decided to transition, I opted for no heat styles. Twist outs and braid outs that I pinned at twisted to my head to make elaborate up do’s.
I co-washed twice a week, and sealed my ends with coconut oil.
Since 1994 I had been having an off and on again relationship with relaxers. I watched many you tube videos, and read so many natural blogs, I felt immensely supported. I became curious as to what my hair would look like Dec ’09 would be/was my 30th birthday, and I wanted to bring it in embracing the natural beauty God blessed me with.