CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
CJ: Short term. I transitioned for 28 measly weeks. I planned on transitioning until the wheels fell off, but I couldn’t deal with the two textures any longer.

How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
Most people are acting as if I cut off an arm and have gone crazy…umm…not that serious! My mom-such the jokester-has been saying that my husband is gay now because he’s married to a man. What?! My husband (he encouraged me to chop) calls me bro, dog, cuz, or homie. I love him anyway. My 2 younger brothers laughed, but they were unfazed. Pops was STUNNED! Overall, people think I’m Looney Toons!

What was your transition routine?
For the first 4 months or so, I co-washed every 2 to 3 days with Tresseme’s Vitamin E Conditioner and bunned or wore flexi-rod sets. The last 2 months, I wore a wig and a weave and pretty much neglected my hair after that 🙁

Why did you choose to go natural?
I was tired of relaxers and everything that comes along with them, and I’ve always loved natural hair… the bigger the better!

Before the chop