Meet Artina… after transitioning for only 8 weeks she decided it was time to chop!


CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
Before doing the BC, I watched tons of YouTube videos, researched, and stalked your site every chance I got. I’d grown accustomed to longer hair– I’d always had healthy, medium length relaxed hair or wore a sew-in. Before doing the BC I confided in my husband, parents, and my best friend who were all very supportive of my decision.
The first time I went to get the BC, my stylist refused to cut my hair because she felt like I was “just joining the natural hair bang wagon” (I know, right?!?!). A week later, on October 1st, I went to another stylist. I was super excited! I wasn’t nervous, just anxious to begin my natural hair journey. I only transitioned for 8wks, but still can’t figure out why I waited so long to discover how beautiful this is.

CN: How have you coped with the responses from your family and friends?

Overall everyone loves my new look. My husband acts as though he likes it but he doesn’t care what I do to my hair, lol. My dad admitted that he didn’t think I’d do it (BC) but after seeing how happy I am and how good it looks, he’s glad I did. Those who don’t like it know not to give their opinion because it doesn’t matter and I didn’t ask. Everyone’s use to me changing my hair like I change socks so it’s not surprising that I cut all my hair off.

CN: What are your plans for your hair?

For now I plan to keep my TWA for a while…I LOVE IT!! Maybe next year I will want to change it up by growing it out, but for now I receive so many compliments on my TWA that there’s definitely no rush to grow it out!

CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?

Before the BC I always wore earrings, eye shadow, and other accessories. I guess it’s safe to say I’m a “girly girl.” However I do feel the need to spice it up a little. I have noticed I’m more concerned with my lashes and different earrings now that I don’t have hair to work with. Now, in the morning, I always feel like I have to put something on rather than walking out with a bare face.

CN: How do you keep your TWA moisturized?

Although I’m a newbie natural, I already have a few staples. Giovanni Direct Leave-In, Tresemme for Dry Hair, Herbal Essence Totally Twisted, and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil are a MUST. I deep condition once a week with Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose mixed with Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, & African Royale Hot Six Oil. I co-wash, acv rinse, and do the baggying method when needed. Throughout the day I spritz my hair when it feels dry.

CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
So far I co-wash, apply leave-in conditioner, EVCO, and Fantasia IC GEL and that’s it. As mentioned above those are my staples that I use to style. My spritzer contains H20, Aloe Vera Gel, Hot Six Oil, & EVCO. I style everyday or every other day. HE Totally Twisted Conditioner & Fantasia IC GEL (not together) is most responsible for defining my curls

CN: How do you preserve your look at night?

I haven’t figure out a sure way to preserve my curls at night. However I sleep with a satin scarf; without it my hair will get really dry and look a mess. I also spritz my hair before going to bed.

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Artina’s stylist assumed that she was blindly joining the natural hair bandwagon. Have you ever been accused of joining ‘the trend’ or going through ‘a phase’? How did you respond?