CN: Are you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I am actually a short term transitioner. Instead of the BC, I gradually cut my relaxed ends off 1-2 cuts per month. My relaxed ends are almost completely gone… yay!!!
CN: How did family and friends react to your decision to transition? What was your response to them?
My husband and my family’s response has been extremely supportive. My mom has BC’d quite a few times and hasn’t had a relaxer in years, so she was already on board. My husband is so supportive that he has become my test subject, lol…He has curly hair so he allows me to use my products in his hair, which has worked quite well. He just supports my excitement of natural hair.
CN: What is your current regimen?
My current regimen is to wash using shampoo (Shea Moisture Restorative Shampoo) twice per month. I co-wash using Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner weekly. I deep condition using Shea Moisture Deep Masque Treatment and a heat cap (amazon.com $26) for, well, I don’t really set a time, but it is usually 30 minutes to an hour, weekly. I rinse the DC out in the shower and detangle under the water, adding more of the Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner, first using my fingers to separate, then using the detangle comb (Goodies brand) to complete the detangling process. Once I’ve detangled, I put my hair into 4 braids so that it will not retangle. I then do Curly Nikki’s infamous ‘Twist n Curl’ using Shea Moisture Hair Milk along with Carol’s Daughters Loc Butter to seal my twists and this allows them to stay moist and soft..I also seal the ends with extra virgin coconut oil and 100% African shea butter (which I added pure lavender oil to-Lavender oil is great for hair moisture and I absolutely love the smell..the European Lavender is the most fragrant). I put my hair in about 20 twists or so then I use the flex rods to add curl and cover with a satin bonnet and go.
CN: What are your staple hair styles during the transition?
I usually rock the Twist n Curl or I do really small twists, which takes about 2 to 2 ½ hours using Carol’s Daughter loc butter. With each style, I usually wear some type of floral accessory or satin scarf.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Let your purpose for why you are going natural be a decision that you made, totally. Surround yourself with positive people who will embrace the natural you. Learn to love what your hair is and how it is and it will do the best things for you. Research so that you will find ways to rock your ‘new’ hair. If you find a product that works for your hair type, stick to it because it is soooo easy to become a product junkie..If you see a style on another natural’s hair that is a different texture than yours, recognize it, embrace how your natural will work with it or even tweak it to work with your texture, and absolutely rock it!
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I chose to go natural because of my research and love for herbs and organic products. I began to care about what I adorn my crown with as well as my family. And I haven’t been this excited about hair in a looooonnnggg time..
I know this was foreverrrr ago, and you may not even use SM anymore but all of the line (practically) is available at target/walmart/walgreens for 10$! don't let amazon rip you off. 🙂
Wow you two look absolutely STUNNING!!!!! You and your husband are both amazingly beautiful and it's such a pity that not many people came to leave you some love on this post! But still, you do you, after all, you're obviously freaking fantastic.
Your hair is so nice! I may have to try out the Shea Moisture line. (sigh) So many products, so little time! lol ~KF519
so beautiful! your skin is absolutely gorgeous, not to mention your hair. love the pic of you and your husband.
@ Beverly..thank you so much..I tried that style compliments of Curly Nikki and her Princess Leia buns.
@Shelli, thank you very much
@ Gold Label, thank you so much…I will continue t stick with this regimen because it can be very easy for me to become a PJ
@Sandra..thank you..I am loving accessories even more now that I have BC'd
@ Donna..hey lady..how are you? We go way back like 8 tracks and I hope you are doing great and your website www.flyjane.net for any of you ladies who love fabulous shoes with a fashionista budget…
So proud of you Dominque! You look great! -Donna 😉
Great pics of curly hair. Everyone wants beautiful and long hair. There are many varieties of Hair Accessories. I love these hairstyles, looks fabulous.
You look absolutely stunning! Continue with your regimen, 'cause it's working! All the best to you and your hubby.
I agree with all the comments! Gorgeous hair, gorgeous smile and gorgeous couple!!
your hair looks gorgeous! Love it! Especially the style in that first picture!
@ Richell..thanks, lady
@ Annoymous..thank you all for your wonderful compliments…I actually BC on 8/6/2010, so I have since gotten rid of all of my relaxed ends..the story will be featured on curly nikki under TWA, not sure exactly when..thank you again
I'm using the same products and am also transitioning with cuts every 2 wks. I hope that my results are as beautiful as yours. Thanks for sharing & encouraging!
You are gorgeous! It's ur skin, smile and the hair~ Go DIVA
Wow you are so pretty, I love the pictures that you have posted. That smile is just breathtaking, you definitely are photogenic. I will have to try the twist n curl/flexirods to get the curl definition just right.
Very nice pics-the flower is a nice touch! Your husband looks like he could be a model….and that's all I'll say LMAO!!