CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
Short term, transitioning for about 3 months. I was wearing a lot of weaves because my hair was really short and I didn’t like applying heat. Eventually, I got tired of buying the weave and having hair everywhere, so one Monday, I decided to have my cousin CHOP it off!
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I BC’d 3 weeks ago today, Monday, November 1st! My initial reaction was “OMG WHAT DID I JUST DOOOOO?!” I kept checking myself in the mirror at every light on the way home. It began to grow on me that quick! I mean, I liked it, I’ve had short cuts before, just not THIS short or CURLY!
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
My cousin who cut it, loved it. My best friends loved it. My sister, who was a long term transitioner, loved it. Even my boyfriend, who said he’d hate having a girl friend with hair almost as short as his, LOVED it! My mom on the other hand…HATED IT. In fact, I cried when she looked at me sideways. My feelings were so hurt. She was the only one who had something negative to say. It has grown on her though. She *likes* it now :). When I went to bible study the Wednesday following the BC, everyone loved it, they couldn’t believe I had cut my hair all the way off, but I was working it. All of the positive reinforcement helped cover my mom’s feelings.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
Bonded in weaves. I know, the glue was horrible for my hair. But I took care of it.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I chose to go natural because I wanted to see and embrace my natural hair. Also, because I’ve done so much to my hair, it was time for a fresh start. Now that I’ve BC’d, I feel brand new, liberated, and fresh! I love me! I’m black, beautiful, and I ROCK!