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LHDC- A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 202110 Comments

CN: Were you a long-term or short-term transitioner, and why?
LHDC: I was a long-term transitioner. I transitioned for exactly 2 years, 1 month and 4 days. I opted for a long-term transition because, quite frankly, I’m attached to my hair! I know that some frown on this motivation, but it is the truth. My hair has always been between shoulder length and bra strap length. So the idea of BC’ing first was never appealing to me. In fact, I find it very admirable of those who are able to begin their natural journey that way, but that just wasn’t for me.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
LHDC: I did my BC on February 7, 2011! I was very nervous when I chopped it off. I don’t know why, but I was. That was my initial reaction! My secondary reaction was excitement!

CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
LHDC: I don’t know if “new me” is an appropriate term in my situation. I say that because, I wore my hair in tight curly styles such as braid-outs, twist-outs, etc. for the last 15 months of my transition. So, in terms of length, there wasn’t much of a difference while my hair was curly. Everyone is happy that I’ve finally closed that chapter of my life!

CN: What was your transition routine?
LHDC: While transitioning, I would wash my hair once a week and reset it to what I call my “cheat fro.” Occasionally, I used two strand twists, and sometimes I would substitute the braids in my “cheat fro” with twists. I heavily relied on low-manipulation hair styles rather than protective styling. The products I used didn’t change.

CN: What was your staple hairstyle during the transition?
LHDC: My staple hairstyle was definitely the “cheat fro” whether I used braids or twists as a foundation.

CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
LHDC: Moisture Maniac is both my leave-in conditioner and my moisturizer. I typically moisturize my hair with water and conditioner about twice a week and seal my hair with a mix of coconut and olive oil.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
LHDC: I truly believed that in order for my hair to reach its fullest potential in terms of health and length, I had to let go of that relaxer! I have 2 daughters and both of them love their puffy hair! I could no longer hide behind closed doors from them. They are the inspiration for my hair
And are a lot of the reason I let go of the relaxer!


  • naturallyu says:

    Yea!!! A long term transitioner. I am a little over two years too. I should be done this year as well. Loved the vid.

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful think hair and a very pretty face!
    Well done with your transition.
    I have been transitioning for 25 months too:)

  • Anonymous says:

    Love her on the YT and her girls' hair is well maintained!

  • maria says:

    Brown skin girl thank you for sharing your courage with us all. June 2011 will be 1 year since my last relaxer. Very nervous about the BC!!

  • texture me natural says:

    Your hair is beautiful!!! I am only 4 months post and I am struggling with my transition. I want to try and transition for a year but like you said the urge to Big Chop took over. Love the look LHDC!!!

  • BreukelensFinest says:

    love this video! congrats and welcome to the all natural hair family! woooooooo

  • ANGELINA says:

    Congrats! Your hair looks great!

  • sarah says:

    wow! it's kinda weird that we look alike in the face. i thought i was looking at myself for a minute or two. congrats on your BC!

  • Pecancurls says:

    Congratulations LHDC! Your hair looks great. I am only six months and hope that I can have the same patience and end result with healthy looking hair like yours.

  • Tiffany says:

    Wow! I love her hair! I hope I can make it that long in my transition! Congrats LHDC!

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