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Kez- Tales of a Current Transitioner

By January 27th, 202126 Comments
Meet Kez… a gorgeous transitioner from Portsmouth, England, learning to love and work her curls.

Kez- Tales of a Current Transitioner

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

Long term! I had perms (curly), a relaxer years ago and used Perm lotion to remove curls in the past (last time Feb. 2010). I have chopped my hair off to get it healthy in the past, but still flat ironed, causing damage.

Actually, I’m now transitioning because earlier this month I went on holiday to Ibiza with the girls and didn’t want to have to straighten my hair every night after the beach, or otherwise avoid the water etc., so I was looking for easy ideas as I could not do a W&G because of the straight ends. Luckily, I came across Braid-outs and, and decided to go natural again– I haven’t had a perm on my hair to straighten it since about Feb 2010, but straightened with GHD’s once a week!

CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
Actually, unlike what I read on other Transition stories (but not all of course), my family LOVES that I’m going back curly, they all loved and love my hair curly, it’s how I was made and they miss it when it’s straight! My Nan always loved it, and when she passed, I not long after had it chemically straightened and cut really short (BC with different purpose!) and the Medium I saw said ‘your nan said your hair is short – it suits you but she liked it better before!” I felt sad about that.

CN: What is your transition routine?
Well, its only really properly about 3wks in and so far, I have basically slung out all of my old products or anything with ‘cones’ in them and swapped for Hello Hydration Shampoo, ‘Naked’ 97% Natural Shampoo – Balancing and Clarifying – I actually use this first then HH after in the same wash, then Naked 97% Natural Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Intensive Condish, which I leave in for 5mins and rinse. I use Organix Coconut Milk Intensive condish (bi-weekly), which heats up in your hands as you apply it to you hair… it’s like a serum based treatment – it’s lovely and leaves the hair really soft.
I also aim to co-wash once a week. I’m loving this and really getting into it! I will try first with the Naked Condish mentioned above but it might be too thick, we’ll see tonight!!
Product wise, I add Organix Coconut Repair Serum on Wet Hair, Dark and Lovely Moisturizer, then Boots Curl Creme to style then once Braided or Twisted, Coconut Oil on the ends now. If tying up in a Bun, I’d probably stop at the Dark and Lovely Moisturizer and bun up damp.

CN: What is your staple hair style during the transition?
I’m in the throws now as such early days, but prefer Braid Outs, but my hair holds better so far with a 2 Strand Twist Bantu Knot-Out. I’ve taken a few tips from you guys to leave my hair wet, not damp for Braid-outs and add Flexi Rods to the ends – hoping this works as I love the look of the Braid-out personally!

CN: How do you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
Since my hair doesn’t have a ‘traditional’ relaxer on it, it has Alkaline perm (used mainly for curly perms), it’s not as harsh, so I don’t get a lot of breakage at all, but I do have the odd little dry patches at the ends. I have avoided straightening over the last 3 months or so and have had it trimmed twice, about 3” in total since then too, and have only a couple of ‘crispy’ ends left, thank goodness!
But I did spend most of the last 3 months or so in a Bun, with Olive Oil Serum and Coconut Oil on my hair as well to keep it moist -even before I realized or decided I was transitioning, I guess I kind of already was subconsciously!

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?

Why not! I love Curly hair, whenever mine used to be curly, I loved it, but never really knew how to handle it. I often had Curly perms to make day to day styling easier as the curls were defined ready for me to fluff up etc, but it wasn’t good to my hair. Then I permed straight for years and cut in endless styles, had half weaves too… But I always missed the curls when I was straight, but being a White girl, I guess at times, I often envied my friends and siblings naturally straight, long hair that could have so many wonderful styles, so I was aiming for something I didn’t and don’t have.
I also worked in jobs where I’m required to be in a suit and always thought I looked smarter with straight hair (some of you said you felt the same, weird huh?!).
However, being a White girl, I actually realize, that bloody hell, how lucky am I to actually have an afro! Its not the norm, its unusual . . and its pretty amazing and unique! My only regret is I can see my growth not as curly as it used to be πŸ™ I hope in time it changes, I’m about a 3a/b with some tiny 3c’s at back underneath -and they’re so cute!

I’m now excited to see what my hair journey will be like . . . included are some pics from the past to present!

age 3 and natural (so Blonde!)

Kez- Tales of a Current Transitioner

half weaveKez- Tales of a Current Transitioner
Straightened BCKez- Tales of a Current Transitioner20 minute braid-out with backcombing
Kez- Tales of a Current Transitioner

Lots of Love and Curls



  • KayAre says:

    What kind of curly perm did you do? Acid or Alkaline?

  • Honey says:

    Hey Kez,
    I'm a Londoner originally, but now I reside in Cardiff. When I first moved here I couldnt find any hair products, but now I discovered Lush! They sell an amazing hair moisturiserr called "R&B". You should try it I recommend it to everyone. Thanks for the link! I'm gonna have to try it out. PJism is in full swing again lol

  • Kez says:

    Hey ladies,
    Jsut for fun, here is a youtube clip – its a bit noisy in the bacground, i had music on quiet but its really been picked up on this! Hope it gives you all a giggle!
    I'll ask Nikki to post it properly as I dont know how!

  • Kez says:

    This is creasing ms up – a Spot of tea lol.
    Love it!!! I'll try to remember .. Not sure where I'd post a video though on the forum!
    Any other requests haha!!
    Annon what's your name I'll mention you when I do it, hopefully tomo if I get time xx

  • Anonymous says:

    Anonymous said…
    I like the black and white picture, really nice. What products do you like to use for your hair? Also, do you use oils in your hair that are often discussed on this site, for example, olive oil, Aloe Vera Gel, coconut, and etc. ?
    September 21, 2010 9:11 PM


    I'm back, I read everyone's post and I can't resist… When you make the Youtube video, please say " a spot of tea…" O'kay, I digress. I'm sure you are very amused by our verbal "Yankee" flow as well.

  • Kez says:

    @TB, Ha ha!I'll have to get a video set up and a youtube acct and just say hello to you all! Sure you'll all be amused! Gosh, I have never felt so British! I feel like I could sound like someone in the Film Notting Hill or something, all prim and proper (I dont, maybe you guys might think so though eh!!)

  • *TB* says:

    Hey Kez! Reading your story made me wish this was "CurlyNikki TV" so we could hear your accent, but I digress! =D I love your curls and the baby pic is SO adorable! Good luck on your hair journey

  • Kez says:

    Hi Honey,
    Wooo, where abouts in England are you?
    I buy it from Boots, its about Β£3.99ish, i really like it, the ingredients from what I have so far learned are brilliant – my hairs so soft, its great! There are a few products in the range too, I also use their Revitalising Shampoo to clarify and balance – and will soon buy some of the other bits they have and give them a go.
    Here's the link to condish – you can get all the other product info from it too.–_–_–_–_-Best%20Match-_-List-_-%27Search%3A%20All%27-_–_-%201%3EBrand%3A%20Naked-_–_-%270%27
    There is loads more on this site versus my store i must say!
    Thanks, keep in touch!

  • Honey says:

    Yaaay! Its so excitin to see a fellow english girl on here! lol
    your hair story is so endearing. You look beautiful and unique with your natural hair, and I agree with the person above who said that it fits your personality more. The 1st hair pic was my fav. Where do you buy "'Naked' 97% Natural Shampoo – Balancing and Clarifying"?

  • Anonymous says:

    I love how the british say "Bloody hell". I'm from Amsterdam and we don't even speak english but I think I'll start dropping bloody hell in my daily conversations. LOL. The first picture, side-profile, is stunning. You hair is beautiful, I can't wait to see follow-up pics. I imagine you're going to have a HUGE afro!

  • Kez says:

    Hey ladis, thanks again for all the kind words and support that keeps coming! You're all amazing, thank you!
    Oh and thanks ref Leopard/Cheetah Eyeshadow . . .I will try and get it over the next few days and post . . . just a bit of fun onw night for a party – some of the people looked like i was a little crazy, but my friends got it as they get me he he!
    Ref products, I use Olive Oil's and Coconut Oil my hair seems to enjoy them, and it keeps it soft, even with some dead ends!
    I regards to a Medium, my Paternal Nan is a Medium, so im more believng I guess – as I trust my Nan, and all my friends that see her, she has somehow been accurate (she wont read for me though now, to close to home), I have seen others that are awful, but two that are freakishly accurate, with names, dates, very personal experiences etc – who knows – but the one that spoke about Nan,he spoke like he was my Nan . . .?
    Thanks again, love and curls xxxx

  • iri9109 says:

    am i the only one who read this in a british accent? lol but i like your hair both ways actually, though the curly hair seems to suit your personality better, its more unique…also i saw in your curl street journal a pic where you had like cheetah print eyeshadow…you soooo have to post in the makeup thread how you did that lol

  • Marissa says:

    am i the only one who saw the part about the medium?! that is very interesting…i've never heard of a person actually getting something right. also your hair looks great! you kind of have a jessica szhor (gossip girl) look and it really suits you :).

  • Anonymous says:

    Great story, curly suits you. Please though, forget the "medium", ask God directly.


  • Anonymous says:

    I like the black and white picture, really nice. What products do you like to use for your hair? Also, do you use oils in your hair that are often discussed on this site, for example, olive oil, Aloe Vera Gel, coconut, and etc. ?

  • rose says:

    awww you're so pretty!

  • theroseofsharron says:

    Kez… your hair looks really gorgeous! Enjoy your journey back to curly! πŸ™‚

  • Kez says:

    Ahhh annoynmous. .. thanks that's really kind of you to say. I often get asked if I'm BiRacial when my hairs curly πŸ™‚ xx

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Kez you look good with the natural hair, I must admit in the 1st picture and also of your baby picture I thought you were biracial. It wasn't until you stated that you were white and I looked at the other photos and was like dayum who knew lol.. But you look good with your natural hair it really showcases your eyes and pretty facial features.

  • Kez says:

    Thanks everyone . . πŸ™‚
    Rhona … yayyyy, i thought i might be only one on here lol, where abouts in Uk are you? xx

  • AllieCat0817 says:

    I LOVE your shoulder tats!! Hot. Adding one to my collection soooooon:)

  • Rhona says:

    A fellow brit !!!!!!! YAY:)

    both you and your hair are gorgeous x

  • Kez says:

    Hey ladies,
    thanks for the kind words and support! I appreciate it, and thanks Nikki for posting my story!
    Look forward to keeping in touch and meeting more of you all on here as the journey really kicks off πŸ™‚
    Lots of love xxx

  • A. says:

    Ahh.. the versatility of curly hair! Love your Story Kez!

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats πŸ™‚ Your hair is beautiful

  • Anonymous says:

    Love your curls! Congrats πŸ™‚

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