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Roddrea- A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 202114 Comments
Meet Roddrea… who after a brief conversation with her sister decided it was time to BC!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I intended to be a long-term transitioner, but this summer proved to be too great a challenge. Being an unemployed college student, I wasn’t able to get my hair braided as I had hoped. As any transitioning girl knows, swimming with two textures of hair gets to be a worrisome process.

Roddrea- A Story of Transition

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I BC’ed on July 2, 2010. I was alone. I didn’t tell anyone but my sister that I was going to do it. The day before, I went swimming and went to bed without washing or detangling my hair. I woke up frightened to say the least. So I washed my hair and tried detangling it with out going bald. Frustrated and tired from combing, I called my sister and asked her what I should do, jokingly she said cut it off. It was like a movie. I sat there and looked at the jar of relaxer in my mom’s bathroom, which was conveniently next to the scissors. I stared at myself for about 30 minutes and finally picked up the scissors and without looking cut a section of my hair off. And I immediately loved it! I was excited and didn’t care what it was going to look like. I saw tiny curls springing out at me and I knew I made the right decision.

Roddrea- A Story of Transition
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
My dad didn’t notice for about 20 minutes when he came home. He just kept talking to me and completely missed my hair. But when he did he was very supportive, but he said, “Did you tell your mom yet?” My sister was the second to see it and she was really excited for me. Now my mom on the other hand was shocked. She went a few days without really talking to me. Not because she was mad, but she was genuinely shocked and I don’t think she wanted to hurt my feelings by reacting out of hand. A few days passed and finally she told me she had always wondered what her natural hair looked like but never had the courage to transition.

Outside of my family, friends were pretty accepting. I think my favorite reaction is “OMG you’re bald!!” And some people don’t care for it on me, but at the end of the day I love it and that’s all that matters!

CN: What was your transition routine?
Cowash twice a week. I loved Cantu Shea butter leave in conditioner and Aphogee shampoo and conditioner. I washed with shampoo once a month and that was usually with Aphogee and Crème of Nature.

CN: What was your staple hairstyle during the transition?
Two-strand twists were my main stay. And then towards the end I started getting creative and doing twisted updos that I found on YouTube.

Roddrea- A Story of Transition

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I deep conditioned once a week and I ran Shea butter through my twists daily.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I have had a relaxer since I was 5. And I always tease my mom about that day. I tell her it’s the day I lost my innocence, because I didn’t know I couldn’t go back to my puff ball after relaxing my hair. I chose transition now because it really just symbolizes this next phase of my life. I will be graduating this year from college. And as I transition into adulthood I wanted to do it being 100% Roddrea Smith. No tricks or smoke and mirrors. And relaxed hair isn’t how I was created to be.

14 Comments

  • Levone says:

    Great story! This is very motivating for those that are trying to decide what path they want to take with their hair.

  • Gado-Gado Gal says:

    OMG! I love this story! Girl, you are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Regina says:

    Roddrea you are a beautiful young woman, whom I admire greatly, as your mom I've always told you that if you didn't become what you desired, it would be your fault. Well my beautiful daughter you are well on your way sporting your own skin and I love it! You make me very proud, and you look fabulous!

    Love Mom

  • Anonymous says:

    Adorable!

  • LV says:

    Very beautiful. Your gorgeous eyes were just made for natural hair! You look great!

  • Balls Of Beauty says:

    love the story! just get a reggie n stick to it and u will see results ASAP!! u will have people who disagree with ur decision cuz they dont see the "vision" but trust me…once its growing they'll be the same ones askin YOU for tips and secretly inspiring them!

  • JustTrena says:

    So cute! It still surprises me how much happier and better we look with our natural hair than with the relaxer. Roddrea, nice story! I enjoyed it a lot!

  • MJ says:

    Beautiful girl! Great story, Roddrea!

  • Roddrea says:

    THANK YOU ALL!!!!!

  • reginastwin says:

    Your hair looks wonderful Roddrea and you have a gorgeous smile! Don't let any negative comments make you second-guess your decision!

  • HeyJocey says:

    I loved your story. Cantu…YES…Love love love their leave-in conditioner and oil sheen. I'm not even an oil sheen chic, but I love Cantu's. Great products for less.

  • Anonymous says:

    Bravo! Good for Roddrea!

    Hi Everyone!

    On Monday, I discovered and bookmarked this site, CurlyNikki and read some of the heart-warming transition stories. Actually, there were a few others I had been looking at on YouTube: RusticBeauty (17" on beautiful natural–non-bi-racial hair–it can be done–She is very articulate and helpful in her videos) And today, I had a consultation because I decided I would check out this new salon because they featured besides the usual hair services…NATURAL HAIR SERVICES, and it proved to be so GOOD–my stylist, who was sporting a beautiful wavy natural bun was sharp and just what I was looking for. She was quite shocked and happy to know I knew a LOT about natural hair and even how to work with it (got to give credit to this sites and others and a BIG thanks to RusticBeauty on YouTube and a 2 other wonderful natural women with hair that resembles mine for their presentations, advice and humor)! So today, I have fresh chop myself 1 1/2-2" (back completed natural but have 2" left of relaxer on front & top of hair. Last night as I was preparing myself for the consultation with a new stylist (pics of my various life stages, current hair tools I use), checking to see about how much hair I could stand to lose. I discovered that my last relaxer had been in April 2010 and it's now August and my hair grows pretty fast (non-biracial hair) and with all the stories re a one-year transition period, I was prepared that this will go on until at least May 2011–WELL, I discovered the back of my hair was pretty much new growth and so once it was cut down the remainder would be natural and with the overall cut all that I have left of relaxer is 2 inches and I can snip snip or just wait another 3 months and I can do it and still have length because of my growth pattern–woo-hoo! So I'm sporting now tiny rod curls in front and top and my back hair is completed natural and curls up very easily with a little activator (I'm 50 now and I'm happy to know that my texture remains the same since I tried this before in 2000). This will be my look with the hair growing out 5 or 6 inces (or it be longer) but I'll be happy sporting that length naturally curly!!

    The hubby was asleep (3rd shift) but he was aware I was getting some chopped off and it is shorter (because of the curliness) but I'm cool with it and so my friends will see it tomorrow but I really don't care and will have "words" for any that say the wrong thing! YEA, I'm pretty much free and this time I'm staying that way because I'm so much more smarter than before with all you wonderful curly stories out there to draw strength & wisdom from–thank you all!!!!!

  • Stevie says:

    You're beautiful Drea. Love love loved it!!

  • Unknown says:

    J'adore her BC story. The relaxer sitting next to the scissors, and staring at herself for 30 minutes before picking up the scissors. Priceless!

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