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Erica- A Story of Transition

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Erica- A Story of Transition
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
E: I was a long term transitioner. I travel a lot from Los Angeles to Mississippi and the African-American Hair world in the West and the South is a “Tale of Two Cites.” After living in Los Angeles for 5 years, I noticed that hardly any Black women were perming their hair! And even though they weren’t perming and relaxing, that still didn’t keep them out the beauty salon every 2 weeks. West coast women were addicted to getting their hair pressed and flat ironed. While I did notice their hair to be in better condition then women in the South, I decided to hop on the “No-Lye” train. So, I was pressing this mane of mine and wearing weaves throughout the year. Well, it wasn’t until September 2010, after I had taken a 3 month old weave down, that I made the decision to go natural. My “anticipated” BC date was December 1st, 2010.

Erica- A Story of Transition

When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?

I BC’d, Saturday December 4th, 2010, HOWEVER, I had to basically start all over 17 days later. Initially, I cut it myself and it was so uneven and unshaped that I had to get it re-cut… so…..Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 is where I start my actual hair journey. My reaction (the first time) was….um….didn’t really have one. I cut it, went to sleep, woke up feeling light as a feather. Now, the second time…I was mad, pissed, but satisfied. My aunt cut it the second time, and she cut more then she had to so…(but low key, I think she purposely put some bald spots in my head).

How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
This is an easy one…EVERYONE HATED IT! But the funny part was, EVERYONE knew that I could give two cents who liked it or who hated it. My best friend in college told me I was ugly. She was about to cry… that’s how much she hated it! My mom is supportive and everything is always “whatever” with her so her crazy self BC’d the night after me then had braids put in the next morning. My ex told me I look like someone from “Good Times”, my cousin told me I’m ‘trying to be a white girl’ by washing my hair everyday. OH, and everybody tells me I need a line/edge! I keep reminding them that its not a style! So, all in all, everyone HATES IT!

Erica- A Story of Transition
What was your transition routine?
Half Weaves (bangs out). I always used heat protectant when I flat ironed my hair. But I don’t recommend half weaves when transitioning. That hair that has been flat ironed/pressed will be a different texture than the natural hair that hasn’t been exposed to heat. Try to transition with full head weaves, braids, wigs, etc.

How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
No gel! I used Vonte Silk Effects. Most Beauticians on the West Coast use this on edges. It’s some pretty good stuff. No flaking, No drying, but don’t hold all day either.

Why did you choose to go natural?
I had one main reason for going natural. “Long Term Business Move.” When I was in the entertainment industry a few years back, I would always get compared to a certain well known actress. It wasn’t a bad thing but it wasn’t helpful either. And although, I never tried to look like this certain actress, I did strongly resemble her, so I decided that before I enter back into the industry, I’ve got to create my own identity and that’s what I’ve done. I BC’d December 21st and I love it, love it, love it! Can’t wait til it grows out…OH, and since the BC, I haven’t heard one person say “Oh my Gosh…you look just like…..” I love it! 🙂

-Find me at:
www.ericamsingleton.com (not a blog, my actors website) or follow me at naturallyerica on youtube

Erica- A Story of Transition

31 Comments

  • GalaxyEmpress says:

    In the picture with the long hair you look average, just ok but the big chop twa, YOU LOOK STUNNING!!! Just gorgeous!!

  • Anonymous says:

    You are absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Are they kidding? You are stunning! I'm honestly offended that someone had the audacity to tell you otherwise. I know people tend to respond negatively to change, but there is absolutely no denying that you are STUNNING whether you're rocking long hair, short hair, chemically straightened or natural. You look fantastic, girl! Usually I don't like to comment on these blogs, but your story was worth saying something. Best wishes to you on your hair journey. It certainly encouraged me to continue with my transitioning.

  • Anonymous says:

    Well honey child! I think your gorgeous I dunno what your friends and family are seein but im seein straight FIERCE!

  • ClosetConfections says:

    I cannot believe your friends' and family's reactions! I think you look absolutely stunning after your BC, and I'm not just saying that. Your eyebrows are perfection and the haircut just draws more attention to your delicate features and beautiful smile. Rock on!

    Kendra
    http://closetconfections.com

  • ChrLvsBks says:

    Beautiful, simply beautiful!

    I am always amazed at how others feel they have to voice negative thoughts when it comes to others. If someone does something it is for them–if you do not have anything nice to say, shut your trap, arrrgghh.

  • Anonymous says:

    She looks more like Vanessa A Willims from Soul Food the tv series. Second would be Gabrielle Union, IMO anyway. Your BC is nice and you look gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, I thought you looked like Vivica A. Fox (before she started looking busted…)

    Anyways, your BC is lovely and you look gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    I think you look beautiful

  • Anonymous says:

    You look absolutely beautiful!

  • Bree says:

    Girl you look fabulous forget about the negativity beause you are fly so do you. But I agree with the tale of two cities bit…lol I grew up in the south and go to school on the east coast and the views on hair, look and style of it is so different it is crazy

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  • Anonymous says:

    You look gorgeous with your hair cut! I have to give props to those who can BC to a low hair cut as I don't think I have the face for it.

    BTW, I was thinking Little Kim (black dress photo) and second Gabrielle Union. I still think more LK, but I guess it's Gabrielle since you said an actress. 🙂

  • NaturallyErica says:

    You all are so freaking dope for your comments and support! We all share a bond like no other and I feel like I have a new family! Thank you all for your encouragement and support! Mo' Hair!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    The short hair accentuates her facial features.Simple and beautiful.

  • Anonymous says:

    I also BC and my friends hates it your right it doesnt matter what they say at all its all about whats make me happy and besides my family supports me all but my dad he thinks something wrong with me.

  • Namun says:

    You look awesome in short hair. Rock on!

  • determinedbydesign says:

    I think you look ABSOLUTELY stunning!!!

  • GGmadeit says:

    Beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree, thanks for sharing! You look amazing!
    Don't pay them any mind – my family was about as supportive as a bunch of rabid dogs on a kitten. It was probably just a social shock. Your family will come to appreciate your beauty. As for the boyfriend —as anon 6:27 said – that's why he's your ex!

  • Anonymous says:

    I know this will sound childish….but I guess thats why hes your EX! lol! you have to be commended on your confidence and stunning beauty. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Anonymous says:

    Be careful with Line ups because when some folks do it your hair doesn't frame your head naturally.

    I like your hair and I like your attitude about it. Refreshing.

  • Anonymous says:

    If you can, just drop anyone who brings negativity and lack of support for how you chose to live, love, style and profile. Your ex sounds like he has his head screwed on backwards. You are beautiful and so is your hair! Good luck with the new professional ventures.

  • Anonymous says:

    I live in L.A., have been natural for ten yrs (was natural when I moved here a few yrs ago). I don't wear my hair pressed or flatironed at all. And, thankfully, have never had a weave.

    Most of the sisters I see out here are rocking janky, dirty looking, very fake weaves. I could not believe the alarming rate of it when I first got out here. It is awful and rather disgusting to smell dirty hair vapors emanating from an uncared for weave.
    On a more positive note . . .
    It's nice to see a very fresh face with a totally natural look repping for L.A.!! Thanks!!!!

  • Angie says:

    You are gorgeous and can probably pull anything off well, but hats off to you for staying positive despite the criticism, most people find that aspect of going natural very challenging. Its sad that your friend was so attached to YOUR image that she CRIED, good lord, she must really LOVE you in the SWF kind of way, lol…

  • Anonymous says:

    She was definitely compared to Gabrielle Union. I had to look twice.

  • Unknown says:

    You look absolutely stunning!
    I love the hair, I love the eyebrows! You work it!!
    Besides..which actress are you compared with? And what does line-up mean?

  • Anonymous says:

    Girl you look to fabulous!

  • Anonymous says:

    I think either Gabrielle Union or Melinda Williams

  • Anonymous says:

    Who is the actress she was compared to?

  • Anonymous says:

    I can totally identify with you on the reactions I got. I BCed June 2009 and the first thing my boyfriend said was that I needed to get a line up. I was so pissed at him. You look amazing.

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