CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I am not really sure whether I would be considered a long term or short term transitioner, but I started transitioning September 2009. I decided to go natural because I wanted to see my true curl pattern and I got tired of the inconsistency with the perm application. Some of my hair was over processed, some it was under processed and the whole ordeal was driving me nuts. I had to get my hair cut several times over the course of my life because of this. So I quit with the help of my support system.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I did the big chop on July 7, 2010. I got tired of trying to manage both of the textures. As the stylist was cutting the last inch and a half of permed hair off, I watched my curly locs take over my head! I was amazed that I had so much length, and I was a little startled when I saw the size of my afro. Even the headband I had on couldn’t tame my freshly chopped mane. The stylist showed me how to care for it. Later that night, I went home and tried it and fell in love.
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
My family and friends were very supportive of my new look! I have received many compliments. However, my situation at work was a little different. I was received with many stares, but they soon got over it. I was asked by one co-worker, “how did I change my hair?” I simply told my co-worker that I stopped altering it.
CN: What was your transition routine?
I let my stylist manage my transition. I did not want to risk damaging my hair. Between salon visits, I used mainly Nexxus products for my hair. I experimented with a few other products from www.myhoneychild.com (So Deep Conditioner and Olive You Deep Conditioner).
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
I had a few staple hair styles: kinky twists/cornrows, buns, and when all else failed, I wore a wig. I was at an advantage because my hair grows pretty fast.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I used creamy leave-in conditioners between visits to my stylist. However, even with treatment I still received some breakage at my new growth line, but this was after my natural gained some length. That’s how I knew it was time for the BC.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I chose to go natural for the versatility, and because I got tired of the perming process. I knew that I had really thick hair and I enjoyed the fullness of my hair as the perm started to grow out. I thought about quitting several times. My bff encouraged me to continue with the process. I am so happy with the decision to go natural. Now, I am working on learning how to style it 😉