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Sydne- A Story of Transition

By January 27th, 20219 Comments

Sydne- A Story of Transition
CN: Are you a long-term or short-term transitioner, and why?
S: I am a long-term transitioner. I used my last relaxer on November 26th, 2009. I love how I look with long hair and am not as confident with short hair. Maybe it’s like my security blanket. I just feel like I look better with long hair regardless of whether it’s kinky, curly or straight. I just love long hair which is why I’m choosing to maintain a length of at least BSL until I’m fully natural. I will of course trim more if I need to, but I am trying my hardest to maintain a length of hair that makes me feel attractive.

Sydne- A Story of Transition
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
S: My family, including my mother, father, brother and boyfriend, don’t really care. I had my first relaxer at the age of 17 after begging my mother for a relaxer for nearly 10 years. Most of my family was used to seeing my natural hair.

CN: What is your transition routine?
S: My regimen has changed so many times because I change techniques and products according to my hair’s needs. For the first 6 months, I co-washed 3 times a week and was able to detangle with a coconut oil/evoo pre-poo. When my hair would no longer detangle and became mushy using that technique, I cut out the co-washing and started using a detangler from the dollar store. So every time my hair became resistant to something, I changed the routine. Always listen to your hair! I use what my hair likes. I do not use or not use certain products/ingredients simply because it does/doesn’t work for other people. The only things that have been consistent throughout my hair journey are low-manipulation styles and keeping my hair moisturized. I never let my hair dry out, or at least, I try not to.

CN: What is your staple hair style during the transition?
S: My staple hair style was braid-outs, braid-outs, more braid-outs and buns too. I’ve unsuccessfully tried twist-outs, bantu knot-outs and flexi-rod sets. I can always guarantee that my braid-outs and buns will come out looking decent. I occasionally wear wigs as well.

CN: How do you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
S: In the beginning of my transition, I co-washed often to ensure that my hair was moisturized. Then, I moved to “baggying” a few nights a week. Currently, I moisturize my hair with a spritz of water, evoo and glycerin. It works wonders because Michigan is humid year-round.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
S: I wanted my beautiful curls back. I wanted to be able to do a wash-and-go again and wear full beautiful twist-outs and braid-outs. I also just got tired of paying for relaxers!

Sydne- A Story of Transition


  • Journey2Boucle says:

    J2Boucle here, a day late and a dollar short as usual, hahaha! Didn't know you were featured on CN! Cool.

  • Sydne says:

    Thanks everyone for the love and encouragement.

    @Anonymous 12:04 pm, yes I have flat ironed my hair twice during my transition. The versatility is what I love about being natural!

  • Anonymous says:

    As I was looking at the pictures I noticed in some of your styles your hair was straight. Do you still straighten your hair with the flat iron?

  • YaniraNaturally says:

    Another Nikos cousin checking in 🙂 Nice seeing you on here and back in our Transitioners 2011 thread. Keep up the good work!

  • Anonymous says:

    From one Wolverine to another: Go Blue! Your hair is fab!

  • Anonymous says:

    Now this is what I appreciate about transitioning: versatility. I chose to transition with braids because I didn't have the guts to BC or do a long term transition. Great going younf lady. Hope you appreciate the thickness!

  • honeybrown1976 says:

    Glad to see you on here (chrisanddonniesmommy @LHCF)!!!

  • Poetikmuze says:

    Syd, I love, love, love your hair!!!!! I'm from Michigan and definitely know how hard these harsh winters can be on your hair. I too feel like I'm more attractive with longer hair. Over the years it's always killed me when stylists didn't/wouldn't take care of my hair so that was my motivation to go natural. I'm still on my growing journey and trying to find a routine that works, but i'm learning, like you, to listen to what my hair needs. You look beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Random Thoughts says:

    I really am glad to see those who can make it through transition and not do the big chop. It is possible.

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