CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now? I felt awesome! After a few hours I had buyer’s remorse. Even though my hair was long, it had totally broken off from the battle of the textures. Now I’m back to the initial feeling of….AWESOME! I love my hair. I have never seen my hair in its natural state (I have been relaxed since the age of 2….yeah, shocking!).
CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
My cousin is on the journey with me so I have someone close by that is riding out the journey with me. My grandmother likes it. My dad was like “thank goodness” when he saw it because he hated the styles I wore when I was transitioning. My bf’s mom HATES IT! She’s from the West Indies and straight is best for her. She thinks I’m growing dreds, which I’m not.
CN: What are your plans for your hair?
I’m just enjoying working with it and trying different styles. I am a subscriber to Nikkimae on youtube, her hair is about my length so I try out a lot of the styles she comes up with and I must say they are working out great so far.
CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
In a way, yes. My hair is a severe change from the norm. I work in corporate America and it has been a task figuring out how to look presentable and not too extreme in the office. However, I do wear big earrings and super girly clothes to combat the edgy hair. I’m also a makeup junkie, but that illness was there before the BC.
CN: How do you keep it moisturized?
I’m still working on that. I have been co-washing like a mad woman. I find that my hair tends to lean more on the dry side. So I have been trying various concoctions to battle the desert. I live in NY and winter is fast approaching, some of my fellow New Yorkers would say it’s already here, so I need to find something fast.
CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
I tried a wash and go but didn’t like how my hair looked dry, it was waaaay too short for my liking. I have been rocking a twist out in various forms. I co-wash and style every 3-4 days.
CN: How do you achieve definition?
The curls are popping automatically, surprisingly. I just co-wash and there they are. Little springs of deliciousness all over my head!