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Blake- Tales of a Current Transitioner

By January 27th, 20219 Comments
Meet Blake… current transitioner seeking healthy hair!

Blake- Tales of a Current Transitioner

CN:Are you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?

I’m a long term transitioner! I have been transitioning for 1 year and two months so far. I’m a long timer because I feel like my head is too big to big chop (LOL).

CN:When are you going to BC?

I plan to BC at my 2 year mark, which would be July 2011. I think that is the longest I can wait. I’m too excited to have ALL natural hair!

CN: How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural?

My friends absolutely LOVE it. My hair used to be extremely long in my middle school years. I didn’t do much to my hair and didn’t get perms too often. Unfortunately, when I entered high school, I learned how to style my hair with heat, leading to damage. By the time I was going into my senior year, my hair was hovering above my shoulders. I knew then I had to get my healthy hair back and relaxers didn’t seem to be the best route. During the course of senior year my hair grew sooooo much and my friends were so excited, LOL.

Random people love my braid outs, I get at least one compliment a day on it, kind of crazy! As far as my family goes…my sister is an avid supporter, she BC’ed herself. My mom…she is not so fond of the idea, lol. I think she’d rather me have never gotten a relaxer. She isn’t too fond of my braid outs. My grandma freaks out at the sight of my hair -_- LOL, I guess she’s just used to it being super straight, neat and under control, like how she used to style it.

Blake- Tales of a Current TransitionerCN:What is your transition routine?

I wash my hair once a week, usually on Sunday. I either wash it or co-wash it, depending on how dry my hair feels. I use Nexxus shampoo and conditioner, and I’ll sometimes use Hello Hydration by Herbal Essences. I comb my hair while conditioner is in it, I towel dry and then section my hair for cornrows. On each section I apply Eco Styler Gel (for my edges), coconut milk mousse, Aussie Leave in Conditioner (or Nexxus Dualiste Leave in), and a tad bit of Olive Oil hair lotion for the ends. After I braid the section, I put a sponge roller on the end. The next morning when my hair is dry, I take out my braids and wa-la. The nights following, I’ll spray leave in lightly on my hair, moisturize with regular ol’ grocery olive oil and put my hair in a pineapple. Usually by Thursday, I’ll dampen my hair with a bit of water, leave in conditioner, oil, and put in bigger braids, to freshen up my curls.

CN: How do you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
Olive Oil (from Publix) on my hair each day, lightly, and some Olive Oil Hair Lotion (the actual hair product). I like to hydrate my roots and ends the most, also the line of demarcation.

CN: What is your staple hair style during your transition?

I mainly do braid-outs. In the beginning I straightened my roots often but then I didn’t want to ruin my curl pattern so I decided I’d ban flat irons for about 5 months.

Blake- Tales of a Current Transitioner
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?

Mainly because I was tired of my hair not growing, it was just so unhealthy. It STAYED the same length and I was annoyed by it. I’m so happy I decided to do it. It truly makes you stand out, makes you more unique, and happy! I LOVE natural hair. I just wanted back what I had all along. I think the phrase “you don’t really know what you have till it’s gone” applies here.


  • wordsfromamama says:

    yeah i know exactly what she means by not knowing what you have till its gone… it's only been 1 year and a half since i had relaxer and im missing my hair already… which is why im going back…i dont regret putting relaxer it really helped me through that 1yr and half!:)

  • Jamila Reddy says:

    The style in Photo 2 is SO cute. I can't wait until my hair is longer so I can try it.

  • Kendra says:

    thanks for sharing! i'm about 9 months into my transition, and i wear often wear a similar style with a braid across the top and a bun in the back. love your braidout in the first pic.


  • theroseofsharron says:

    your hair looks great! Funny… i decided not to BC because i thought my head was to big as well.. lol. Well, best wishes on your journey. I am a long term transitioner as well, since 1/09 and did mini-chops along the way. I love the first hair pic with the big hair and semi-bangs. Your hair looks really healthy! I often style my hair straight, but have been wearing braid-outs and twist outs for the last month. I am trying to not straighten for 3 months. wish me luck on my journey within a journey and Best wishes to you!

  • Kez says:

    Beautiful xx

  • Anonymous says:

    nice post and lovely pics! good luck in your future hair adventures, blake!

  • Madeaj says:

    I love the braided bun style in the second picture. I can see why you get compliments. I made to a year long transition, too. Its not so bad with two textures once you get past the mat stage. Your hair looks pretty and healthy.

  • Anonymous says:

    Okay…this makes me want to keep going with my transition. (I had a rough morning. LOL!) Your hair looks a lot like mine. I have a giant unused container of Eco Styler gel under the cabinet. I'll try it on my edges. Thanks!

  • Margaret says:

    Blake's hair is beautiful!!! I love the pictures displayed. I know once she complete's her transition, she will love it even more!!! This is very encouraging for other long term transitioners. Best wishes and HHG!!!

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