CN: Were you a long-term or short-term transitioner, and why?
E: I was definitely a long-term transitioner. I’ve chopped off all of my hair 3 times before this time, but I’ve been natural for 4 years. I love being natural. Nothing compares to it. Although it has been tough since I went natural 4 years ago, I haven’t been tempted to touch a texturizer or relaxer. I want to grow it out long like it was before. I learned my lesson with pressing it out that much for too long. It was fun and cute at first because I was still natural. However, the heat damaged my hair. I want to see how long my naturally beautiful curls can grow.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
E: I chopped it all off in December 2010. I didn’t have a hard time with it because I’d chopped it off before. I decided to chop it because my natural hair had been pressed out since March 2010. Once I became pregnant, it broke off badly. I love it super short!

CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?

E: My husband had to get used to it, but now he loves it. My friends and family also love it because they love me with short hair and have seen me with short hair before.

CN: What was your transition routine?
E: Sulfate free is the key now. I love products containing shea butter! I couldn’t live without it. I love how it smells and how it moisturizes my hair.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
E: Right now I don’t have one. Before, my hair would coil up naturally, and people loved it! They would ask what I did, and the answer was nothing. My hair curls and does whatever it chooses.

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?

E: I’m still learning, although I’ve been doing this for a while. I’m learning to cut out a lot of the products I thought were ok. I am using coconut and avocado oil for hot oil treatments before washing. Also, I’m sleeping with a satin cap which I wasn’t doing previously.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
E: I was sick of all of the chemicals, and it was something different 4 years ago. Now, I am hooked and wouldn’t change a thing. I feel far more confident with it as well. I’m a “gym rat/fitness nut” and active duty military. So, it’s also an easier fit with my lifestyle.