CN: Are you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I am a long term transitioner. My last relaxer was in December or January of ’09/’10, I can’t really remember. I just can’t cut it- – I haven’t trimmed in over a year! I always had long thick hair and I know this is sad but, I identify with it. Two things I can’t live without are my long hair and my trademark sideburns, LOL!
CN: When are you going to BC?
I will BC when my new growth reaches the length my hair was when I had my last touch up.
CN: How have family and friends reacted to the new you? What was your response to them?
Oy Vey!!! I’ve had all kinds of mixed reactions. As for the people who knew me when I was relaxed, most of them got all their questions and uninvited comments out of the way. People that met me after, ask questions like…”why don’t you cut your hair it’s so WILD?” (duh it’s supposed to be) or “You should straighten your hair it would look nice…” (did I ask you?!). Mostly I just get the bug eyes from strangers.
CN: What is your transition routine?
So lately I’ve been extra lazy (I mean I’ve gone more than 2 weeks without washing my hair before) but my routine is supposed to go as follows:
-Wash: My Honey Child Olive You shampoo (sometimes co-wash depending on how dirty) every week, usually Sunday
-Condition: Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle conditioner and My Honey Child Olive You conditioner every week
-Deep Condition: My Honey Child Olive you deep conditioner (Love it) every 2 weeks.
-Leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot today (it’s like conditioner crack)
-Styling: Aubrey Organics Hair Moisturizing Jelly or Beautiful Curls Shea butter curl enhancing cream. My honey child Sophia’s old fashioned hair grease.
-Curl refresher: in no particular order…Water, EVOO, Shea Butter, Motions Salon Herbals rosemary spray.
CN: What is your staple hair style during the transition?
For about 6 months I only did Twist n Curls. But since this past summer, I’ve been sporting Wash n Go’s. I also had my cousin cornrow my hair this summer… it was a killer and I took them out after one week.
CN: How do you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I seal with shea butter and extra virgin olive oil and haven’t experienced any more breakage than normal. I do need some type of moisturizing cream (water based) or something though but, I’m trying my hardest not to spend any more money on products.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I didn’t have an epiphany but I missed my real texture a lot. Those days of me crying in my mothers lap and hours of combing, braiding, and tugging didn’t seem so bad. To be honest, I don’t even remember my initial reasons. All I know is I kept going to the salon seeing all these women with 3 strands of hair on their heads getting touch-ups, it was crazy. Then overtime I started realizing, hey I don’t need to do this and spend my hard earned money. Also almost every time I got a touch up I endured burns and would have to nurse that part of my scalp back to health.