CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a short term transitioner because I knew if I waited any longer I would be tempted to relax my hair and I hated the difference between the two textures. I wanted to go natural and had gotten my last relaxer August of 2008 and the BC came shortly after that.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I BC’d January 2009 and at first, when I peeked at the floor of the salon, and the hair at my feet, I couldn’t believe that it was all gone, I was like OMG I did it! My mom was there and she was like yep you did…lol. It took some getting use to at first but then I started to like my 4b/4c hair.
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
I’ve been blessed with a very supportive family, they all pretty much accepted it and told me it looked nice…they couldn’t believe I did it at first because I was such a girly girl that loved my hair. My youngest niece who was 5 at the time told me I looked like a boy and that my hair was nappy, so I just took the opportunity to teach her that natural hair was beautiful as long as you take care of it and everyone doesn’t have to have long flowing straight hair. It’s crazy how young it starts..but now she loves her hair as well.
CN: What was your transition routine?
I used the Curls transitioning diva kit for a while and then switched to using Kinky Curly after my BC. I co-washed like twice a week and would style with the Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I would deep condition when I remembered…I really didn’t do much with my twa.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
For the short time I did transition, I wore half wigs and headbands…lol. I was in my last semester of college before I BC’d so I didn’t have time to do much else.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I chose to go natural because I was spending way too much money on my hair, and would be in the hair dresser for HOURS. And I always noticed that my hair would grow to a certain length, and then break and I would have to cut it. I saw other girls going natural and I loved their hair so I figured why don’t I. Honestly it’s the best thing I decided to do for myself! Going natural has helped me take better care of my hair and my body, I use all natural products for my hair, my body, and I eat better…so I guess I’m Happy to be Nappy! 🙂
1st Pic..My last Relaxer in August 2008
2nd Pic..A couple of months after my BC
3rd Pic…My 1 year anniversary of being natural
Last Pic…My niece and I, who now thinks her natural hair is beautiful (above)
You are beautiful and your hair is amazing!!!!! I love it! You have inspired me to just "DO IT" and not continue my transition (which has been a long one for me). I started in Sept. 2010 and it's over 1 year but the last 6 months I was pressing it out (which of course damaged it), only because I didn't know what to do with my "nappy hair" or more importantly how to take care of it. I especially love that you took the time to explain to your niece about loving yourself and not an image of what you are supposed to look like. I have 2 daughters myself ages 3 and 4 1/2, and they are my inspiration for not turning back to the relaxer, so I am just going to do it…THE BC!
Thanks for the inspiration!!! Agan, you are really beautiful and your hair is truly amazing!
You look really really beautiful in this pic! 🙂
I've known court all my life, lol its great to see how her hair has changed. In High School we all thought straight hair was the way to go, now we're doing the natural thing. Continue your natural journey. Your hair looks amazing and this look is so "YOU".
I just saw your question…I think its auburn..I cant remember exactly sorry
I love ur HAIR!!!!!!!!!!! What color is on the BC?? When I BC I would like to place an all natural color or henna in my hair I feeling urs!!!
and I Co-wash my hair with either Curls sublime conditioner or the cowashing conditioner from Blackonyx.com… and i add Olive oil to both of them..
…and thanks Chuck..babe..
I LOVE HER!!!!! That's my boo!!! it's ya boy Chuck Black.
What do you use to co-wash?
Gorgeous hair, love the color, too!! You and your niece are beautiful.
Yeah BabyBZ, color can be evil when it wants to.. i just snipped off some ends too..i think it was a mixture of the color and the winter weather…I think i'm going to try the Aveda hair color thats 97% natural or henna…i dunno yet….but yay for ur curls doing well! lol
@Courtney, had to snip off about 2 inches all around due to dryness and breakage from (I suspect) color I put in last summer. Other than that lesson learned, the curls are doing just fine!
lol hey hair triplet.. I put Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my conditioner and my deep conditioner and use Shea butter or Jane carter nourish and shine when i can afford it to seal my hair.. and Thanks!
Courtney!!!! Your hair is SOOO pretty! I guess I'll be the "hair triplet" to you and BabyBZ. What do you use to moisturize your hair? Love the color…
Thanks everyone!!!! 🙂
Your hair is beyond beautiful !! I love it
Absolutely beautiful girl and hair!! You make me look forward to my BC & falling love w/ my 4b hair 🙂
Your hair looks wonderful!!
I love your hair and the color!
Beautiful Hair!! Love The Pics!
Hey! Its my swapping buddy! So nice to see your spotlight. I've been admiring your fabulous hair. Stay beautiful, and keep up the good work educating young minds :).
Very pretty! LOVE your new look.
Thanks so much!
and "hair twin" how's the hair coming along?
I think I've finally found my "hair twin!" Love your texture and color. Beautiful!
looking great! we are at about the same place in our hair journey. Stay pretty!
You and your niece are gorgeous! 🙂 Your hair color is lovely too.