CN: Are you a long term or short term transitioner and why?
I’m a long term transitioner and have been growing out my relaxer since Dec 09. I knew that I could handle a longer transition because I like to try new styles on my hair and didn’t feel the need to do a drastic cut (although I’ve had long and short hair before).
CN: What was your initial reaction to your new growth?
I was intrigued once I got past the initial months. I wanted to see what my natural texture was like. Now that I am about 15 months post relaxer, I love seeing the natural hair and find it an adventure to see what I can do with it next.
CN: How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural?
My family was supportive. My sister is natural now and she was the most supportive with tips, products, websites like this one and more. Thanks Sis! Some of my friends were like “Umph, I just couldn’t do it. I’m addicted to the creamy crack.” Lol, to each their own. Another one of my friends is currently transitioning and we swap styles and products back and forth. Fun!
CN: What is your transition routine?
I really just got into a routine in the past few months or so. Every week I deep condition my hair. I just got a Tangle Teezer, which I love. Then I’ll do a protective style and try to keep from manipulating it too much. Products are Jane Carter’s Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner or Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter (with a dab of honey) for deep conditioning. A staple is HE Hello Hydration for detangling. I’ve become a product junkie so I have a lot of different products but these deserve honorable mention.
CN: What is your staple style during transition?
Bantu knots, braid-outs and (now) twist-n-curls. I learned the bantu knot method fairly early. Braid-outs came next. I really like the way it stretches my hair. And I recently did a twist-n-curl (pic shown with jeweled headband). Love, love, love the way it turned out!
CN: How do you moisturize hair to prevent breakage at new growth line?
I’m always looking for new methods to keep my hair more moisturized. The best way right now that works for me is deep conditioners where I sit under the dryer for 30-45 min. My hair is softer and more manageable which makes it easier to detangle and puts less stress on the hair. I use light weight leave-in conditioners as well.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
Too much time spent at the stylist and no patience, lol! I would dread making an appointment for a relaxer and taking 4-5 hours at the shop! Plus I began to stretch my relaxers for 13 weeks or more and I thought why not just go natural?! As I mentioned before, I saw my sister transition and even though we had different methods, (she mostly did braids and a few sew ins) I knew I could do it too with some support.
Any other current long term transitioners? Share your experiences below!