CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
I was so glad to see all of my relaxed ends go! My stylist was surprised at how calm I was sitting in her chair! I transitioned for 5 months. I actually intended to transition for a year, but my hair was breaking so badly regardless of all the deep treatments and TLC I’d shown it. I took one long look in the mirror and booked an appointment for a hair cut the next day!
I’m so glad to be wearing my natural hair now. I still don’t feel any different, I’ve always been a ‘it’s just hair’ person. I absolutely love it!
CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
No one’s actually seen my hair yet apart from my mum and housemate, LOL. My mum took a look at my hair and said ‘wow, your hair is still so thick!’ LOL…I haven’t noticed any other responses from random people, mostly because I don’t pay any attention.
CN: What are your plans for your hair?
I intend to grow it. I wanna see how long it can get. I remember being little with BSL hair and I’m curious to see if it’ll grow that long again!
CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
Not at all, I haven’t worn any make up since my haircut! I’m unmistakeably a girl, LOL!
I do love on-point eyebrows and pretty earrings though!
CN: How do you keep it moisturized?
My BC was only a week ago, so I’m still in the trial and error phase. I’m putting all I’ve learnt while transitioning to good use now. So at the moment, I’m co-washing every other day, followed by a leave-in conditioner, raw unrefined shea butter or Mizani Coconut Soufle followed by a mixture of natural oils. I’m not quite there yet, but it’s certainly getting better.
CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
I’ve been rocking and enjoying (suprisingly I must add) wash and go’s since my BC. My picture here is of my first braid out. I’ll give it some time and continue my tial and error with products
CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?
I throw on a satin bonnet and hit the sac – which means I wake up with my hair stuck to my head in the morning, but oh well! A little water and we’re good to go!