CN: Were you a long-term or short-term transitioner, and why?
EA: I was a long-term transitioner. While running track during my first 2 years as an undergrad, I experienced a lot of breakage due to excessive heat and tight ponytails. I decided I needed to take a healthier approach with my hair, and not using relaxers was the way! My last relaxer was in the summer of 2007, and I cut off all of my relaxed ends on my 21st birthday in June 2008.

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

EA: I received very positive feedback from the majority of my family and friends. A large number of my friends questioned why I had used a relaxer in the first place.

CN: What was your transition routine?
EA: During my transition period, I wore French braids and ponytails. While transitioning, I experienced a lot of breakage as well. So I bought a half wig and wore it for a few months. Under the half wig, I wore 2 braids, and I flat-ironed the front. Most people didn’t even know I was wearing a wig!

CN: Current regimen?
EA: I usually wear wash-and-goes for 3-4 days and then wear a messy bun for the remainder of the week. I’m a bit of a PJ, but after a year, I’m very close to finding my staple products. I’m a fan of the tightly curly method, and I use Herbal Essences Hello Hydration as a leave-in. It works well, and I usually don’t have to put any extra stuff in my hair like gels or creams. The conditioner is heavy which limits the frizz and puff. Since the tightly curly method takes forever to air dry, I use a leave-in and Aveda’s Be Curly with the Confixor when I’m in a rush. When I do a TnC, which I find myself doing more often, I’ll use a leave-in like Paul Mitchell’s The Conditioner or KKNT and twist with KCCC or Curls Soufflé. I recently tried it and loved it. However, I’m still trying to find a good product routine for my TnC. The next thing on my list to try is the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancement Cream along with flexirods!

Relaxed 2005

Early Natural days after 1.5 yrs of slow transitioning… all relaxed ends off. First pic of wearing it natural
Spring 2010. WnG

Spring 2011. WnG. Tightly Curly Method

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