Meet Michelle… loving her hair the way it is… letting it ‘do what it do’.

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
Long term, I stopped regularly relaxing probably about 15 years ago but I was still straightening my hair by blow-drying and using a really hot curling iron. I stopped regularly straightening in 2000. One day I woke up and decided that I didn’t feel like straightening my hair since it was a long and tiring process. Now, I only straighten once maybe twice a year.

CN: What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
In the beginning I didn’t like my natural hair. I always wanted a looser, (what I thought) more manageable curl with not so much texture. For the first few years, I always wore my hair in an up-do or twist outs because I didn’t like how my hair would get really big when it dried. I also wished that my curls were ringlets instead of Scurl pattern.

CN: How did family and friends react to the new you?
Everyone reacted positive. No issues there. Everyone was very supportive, I’m lucky. As an antidote, my 50 year old cousin recently went natural and did the BC. Her husband and grown kids hate it. I think she looks beautiful! She also made the decision a few years ago to let her hair go gray after years of dyeing it.

CN: What was your transition routine?
Just wash and condition using Pert shampoo/conditioner. Used this stuff called Bouncy Crème as a texturizing cream. I mostly wore up-dos and twist outs.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I grew tired of spending two hours once a week doing my hair. Grew tired of being afraid of the rain and fog, of stressing out over my hair all the time. I wanted my hair to be healthier. When I stopped straightening, it grew much faster than it had in years. Not putting a lot of heat and stressing my hair out did wonders! I just let it be. I am at the point where I feel it’s okay that my hair is big, it is okay that it when it dries it shrinks up just at my shoulders (because that’s what curly hair does!), it is okay that my texture isn’t as fine as I would like it to be. My hair is beautiful the way it is.