CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
Long term, I started my journey in Nov. of 2009 and I am still transitioning almost a year later. I’ve always loved the idea of having long hair, short hair isn’t for me. So instead of cutting off all my damaged ends I cut off about 2-3 inches every 3-4 months. In April I cut off about 5 inches of hair, my hair was at it’s shortest state ever. At this length I could really start to see my natural curls. I was shocked by the new length and the new curl pattern I was seeing.
CN: How have family and friends reacted to your decision? What was your response to them?
My family and friends knew that I was going natural, but a lot of people didn’t understand why. Since I never had a relaxer some people didn’t understand why I would cut my long hair. I had to explain to them that the flat iron had damaged my hair and if I ever wanted to see natural curls again I had to grow it out and cut off the ends. They were shocked when I cut off so much hair at one time. Some of my friends called me crazy, but after a while they began to accept it.
CN:What is your transition routine?
-wash once a week(any shampoo)
-co wash once a week depending on style( any cheap conditioner)
-deep condition once a week(ORS hair mayo)
-moisturize daily with jojoba oil, any leave in conditioner and olive oil
-Style hair in a braid-out/twist-out
CN: What is your staple hair style during the transition?
I live by Braid-outs and Twist-outs. They are easy to do and if I take care of them, I can wear them for an entire week. I love high buns as well.
CN: How do you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I use oils (jojoba and EVOO) daily on my ends, I only detangle on wet hair, and I minimized how often I style my hair.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I wore my hair straight for about 7 years. I was bored with straight hair. I hated flat ironing my hair every two weeks. I was fed up with avoiding rain, mist, snow (any form of perception) just to keep my hair straight, maintaining straight hair without a relaxer was too much work for me. Aside from all of the that, the main reason was I missed my natural curls and I was determined to get them back. After about a year of transitioning I am almost there and I love my hair more than I ever have.
*I document my hair journey on my blog sewingstardom.blogspot.com*