CN: Were you a long-term or short-term transitioner, and why?
C: I would say I was an average transitioner. I transitioned for about 7 months. I was so tired of my hair getting knotted. One day, I got up and told my sister I wanted to cut my hair. So, I did. My sister and cousin came with me for support.
CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
C: I BC’d on February 19, 2010. I was both really nervous and excited at the same time. I told the barber I didn’t want to see my hair until it was all cut off. After I saw my hair, I was in shock for two days. Then I fell in love with it. I started taking pictures of my hair every day.
CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
C: Oh man, the only support I had was really from my sister and some friends. My family hated it, especially my dad. Every time he saw me, he would make some type of joke. I didn’t care what my family or anyone else said about my hair. I was so happy with my decision that it didn’t bother me. I told them in a few months they were going to give me a lot of compliments.
CN: What was your transition routine?
C: During my transition, I washed my hair once a week with Giovanni Tea Tree Shampoo. Then, I would deep condition with Aubrey Organic Conditioner Honeysuckle Rose. After I washed my hair, I would put rods in my hair. The style would last for a whole week, and I would repeat the same thing the following week. I bought some essential oils like rosemary, tea tree, jojoba oil, castor oil, and coconut oil. I would make a spray bottle with some of these oils and spray my hair with it when I wore braids.
CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
C: Rod sets were my favorite hairstyle to do when I was transitioning. I received lots of compliments when I used to do that style. I started to wear braids and twists when I was getting tired of doing my hair.
CN: How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
C: I learned how to moisturize by doing research. I watched a whole bunch of YouTube videos, and read a lot of blogs, especially Curlynikki.com. I started to co-wash my hair more and tried to use more natural products on my hair. I used oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil in my hair. I mixed castor, jojoba, rosemary, and lavender to massage my scalp 2 to 3 times a week. I made sure that I used a deep conditioner in my hair every week. I also did protein treatments as well to keep my new growth strong.
CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
C: I decided to go natural because I was getting tired of my straight hair. I was bored with my hair. The only style I wore was either straight down or in a ponytail. One summer I discovered rods, and the whole summer, that’s what I did. I loved the whole curly look. I always used to say I wish I had curly hair. Little did I know I had some type of curls in my hair, I just didn’t know that. So I stopped putting perms in my hair after this stylist told me that I had beautiful curls. It was a white guy. Plus, I loved the waves I was seeing in my hair because I didn’t perm it for 3 months. Well this is my story. I hope it encourages anyone that is transitioning or thinking about going natural. My hair is growing and is very healthy. Since my friends noticed, 3 of them went natural, including my sister. I love having natural hair, and I don’t regret this decision at all. I wish I had made this decision years ago.
Oh my!! I looooove your hair.
Thank you guys for your comments. The color i have is a permanent color. I love the color but word of advice, its better to henna your hair Henna is a natural dye. I achieve my curly by doing a twist out. it don't look like this at first, but as the day goes by it get frizzy, lol.
yes how did you achieve your curly fro???
I loooove the curly fro! How did you achieve it?
🙂 I too really remember when i first started to grow out my real curls, i kept on thinking "I'm just going to relax it" but I was really in love with how healthy my own hair looked and then i realized i wasn't going to relax it again
love your hair..especially the color!!
you hair is soooo pretty!!!
Your hair is absolutely GORG!!! Love, love, love it!!! 🙂
the hair looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
Your hair is beautiful! I love the color! You MUST tell us the color:>
It's crazy that parents – who created you for goodness sakes – would then tease you about what's growing out your head! In other news, look at that hair that was hiding, it's beautiful!
looooooooooooooove the fro and that color 🙂
Love your curly fro! Were both looks in the first and last picture achieved by doing a rod set? If not, please specify the method and products used to achieve these looks? Thanks
Love the hair!!!
The natural hair is definitely you, it's like looking at 2 different people esp. in the last 2 pictures. I love the hair color that you have in it, is that rinse or permanent or semi-perm color? I have some rods,flexirods and magnetic rollers in my stash I will definitely see if I can do the whole head and get a nice curly effect. Urrgh even with no makeup on and still looking good in all of your pictres. lol…. I have definitely got to drink more water..lol
On a side note ladies just curious when Flat ironing hair for the 1st time or any time. What is the recommended heat that you're suppose to set the temp. at for the hair to be done?