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April- A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 20218 Comments
Meet April… newly natural and enjoying the THICKNESS!

April- A Story of Transition
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 (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 😉

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  • HeyJocey says:

    I enjoyed reading about your journey. I just did the Big Chop on Monday and so far I am loving my hair. Your story inspired me. My last perm was November 2009 and I was so nervous of my what I would look like without a relaxer or my flat irons to smooth my hair out but it's something about being all natural, you have FREEDOM!!! lol…Again I loved your story and your hair is so pretty.

  • SOJO says:

    Robyn- don't be discouraged..!

    A have been natural for a year now (end of this month/next month will be a year from Aug. 2009) and did not BC until June of 2010. I had 5 inches of new growth and 6 in the crown (I reached the "year avg" of 6 inches of hair/ half an inch per month about a month and a half early in my crown area). A friend of mine who BC'd 2 years ago said that my hair surpassed hers in length and expressed a similar discouragment too.

    TRUST- healthy hair does not always mean longer hair. Or rather, vice-versa. Growth rates are seldom as genetic as we think. Really what aids in length is our varying abilities to practice proper length retention (ie- PROTECTING THOSE ENDS). Also- don't forget about shrinkage! April was able to measure her wonderful and beautiful growth by (what appears to be) stretched hair (brushing, blow-out, etc.) No doubt April's beautiful mane grows and retains length quite lovely, but don't be in a frump with yours. I did not see the 6 inches (now close to 7 in my crown) until I COMBED out my entire head and brushed it with my Denmen brush LAST WEEK. I've been doing protective styling for close to a year now with rare wash-and-gos which still promoted shrinkage, thus I never saw my wonderful length. TRY strecthing your hair. I'm sure you'll be thrilled with its progressive length. And if not- who cares? I'm sure the THICK-"NASS" you'll feel at the roots, a sign of healthy locs, will have you won over all over again 🙂

    Have a blessed day, ladies.

  • Robyn says:

    Your hair is absolutely gorgeous! After looking at your beautiful hair and amazing growth, I am almost ashamed to say that we transitioned the same amount of time… Wow! My TWA has nothing on your fabulous fro!!!

  • af says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Your hair looks quite healthy/shiny.

    When it comes to the work situation, it really depends on the field sometimes. Because if you're in a creative industry (clothing, music, etc) then they tend to be more open minded. and honestly if your bosses haven't complained about it then I would say ignore what your coworkers say.

    It's a good thing that you have a stylist who is knowledgable about natural hair. Cosmetology schools really should start teaching their students about how to style natural hair. There are alot of natural men/women who would pay top dollar for quality services and products.

  • April says:

    @anonymous 1…thx for the compliment 😉
    @anonymous 2…I got my last perm at the end of August/beginning of September. When I decided to BC, I had about 3 inches of new growth. It may be more. My hair has always grown fast.
    @DFig…hey fellow dragon! You should go ahead and do it! It's time! Yes girl it's thick and I am working on the softness…

  • DFig says:

    Hey there! I see you are a Drexel grad! I recognize the robes! Nice. I am a graduate student there and I LOVE the inspiration you just gave me. I was on the fence about my BC (started transitioning back in Sept 09 also). It is time.

    GREAT fro! It looks so soft and thick!

  • Anonymous says:

    gorgeous, thick mane!!! Hair jealousy 🙂 What's the date of your last perm? How much new growth do you have? Your hair grows super fast! it's beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair looks amazing! I am so inspired!

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