CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a short term transitioner– 5 months. I never really had a transition goal because I wasn’t afraid to wear my hair short. I had worn it cut short twice before, so that wasn’t the problem. I just knew that I didn’t want to rock a fade so I decided to wear a sew-in for my first semester in college and whatever length it was at when I took it out, is what I was going to work with : )
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I did my big chop on December 25, 2009! Yup, I did it on Christmas Day! I cut it because I was so eager to see it… I was super excited! It wasn’t a shock or anything because as I said before, I
am used to short hair. I’m also used to doing different things so it was easy to adapt. Then, I put on clothes and it went down hill from there.
I thought the hair cut made all my outfits look funny on me. So, I went from loving it to hating it. I had also dyed it jet black right after I cut it, and I thought the color was just way too harsh. For about a week or two I wore beanies….everyday. After I dyed it a lighter color and got used to my hair, I fell in love again! : )
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
My family didn’t really care. I don’t know, it just wasn’t a big deal. My mom cut it and my brother and sister watched her.
Back at school was a different story. Before I got it cut I wore a curly sew-in. It looked like a huge curly fro and everyone loved that. When I told everyone I was cutting it, they begged me not to. So, when I finally stopped wearing my beanies people did not like it. I got sooooo many stares and crazy looks. I go to an HBCU, so they were used to seeing natural hair but they just didn’t like it on me….yet. If people didn’t like it they didn’t say anything.
I did get positive feed back as well. A couple of people thought I looked way better with my new hair! After it grew out a little and I started experimenting with it, lots of people began to love it. I never had to defend myself because no one said anything rude to my face. So everything was all good.
CN: What was your transition routine?
The only thing I used was Organic Root Stimulator Shea Butter. And that was on my weave. I treated my hair horribly. I think I washed it once. At that time, I didn’t have anyway to get any products because I was in a new place with no way to get around.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
My sew-in. I wore the same one for 4 months and for the last month I got it re-done. I did give my hair a break for about two weeks…during that time, I just straightened my hair.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
Water. I was constantly putting water in my hair. I think that’s the only good thing I did during my transition, LOL.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I was watching the Trya Show one day and the topic they were discussing was about good hair. After the show was over, I decided to look it up. So, I was inspired. I knew nothing about natural hair. I didn’t know that a lot of black women wore their hair natural. I thought only mixed women wore their hair natural because it was already long and curly. Everybody I knew and had ever known wore a perm. When I realized the issue we as black people have with our natural hair, I decided that I no longer want to be a part of that issue. I wanted to embrace and accept my natural hair. Also, my hair never grew pass my shoulders and I was super excited to find out how to fix that and to learn that I to can grow long hair.
First Pic: My hair during my transition
Second Pic: A few days after my BC
Third Pic: Me now
Fourth Pic: Me now (above)
I HAVE BEEN NATURAL FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS NOW BUT NOT REALLY WEARING IT OUT…I'LL THROW ON A WIG EVERY NOW N THEN AND I'LL GET LAZY,BUT AS SOON AS I DECIDE TO TOTALLY TAKE OFF THE WIGS…FIRST I GOT IT BRAIDED TO STRETCH IT OUT A LITTLE….GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT, HAIR WAS TOO TIGHT NOW MY EDGES ARE GONE….PLEASE HELP WHAT CAN I USE…NOW IM BACK IN A WIG!!!
You look so pretty with the little bow in!!! I love it.
@Joycie: Wow I'm so glad to be an inspiration to you…it meana a lot!! : )
The color I'm wearing is light golden brown by L'Oreal Paris.
I love these transitioning stories. Great info and back stories.
Peace, Love and Chocolate
OMG, its crazy because I found your pics on fotki and you actually inspired me to do my BC this weekend, lol… and now you're on curlynikki… thank you for being an inspiration to me. Also, what color are you wearing in your hair?