CN: Were you a long-term or short-term transitioner, and why?
C: I was a short-term transitioner and transitioned for only 2 and 1/2 months! I decided to cut all of my hair off in November of 2009 for a new look with it shaved in the back. I went to a beautician who will remain nameless, who only curled my hair and let unlicensed individuals wash, perm, and color hair. Don’t get me wrong, they did an excellent job, but with this type of treatment, my hair began to thin.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?

C: I big chopped November 12, 2010, and I loved it! I went to celebrate afterward.

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

C: Both loved the new look except for my mother. The very first thing she said was, “Why does it look so scalpy and nappy?” I would just say, “Wow.” Up until 3 months ago, she said, “It just looks nappy to me. Your hair didn’t look like that when you were little.” I told her to touch it and get a good feel so she would realize that my hair is healthier than it has ever been. None of the women in my family know how to do hair. She touched it, and said, “Oh my! It is so soft!” However, she still gives sly remarks especially since my dad asked her to go natural!

CN: What was your transition routine?

C: During my transition, I wore quick weaves because the back of my hair was shaved, and it was all I could do to keep from looking a “hot mess” with natural in the back and perm at the top.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?

C: Going natural has been one of my best decisions yet! I could never figure out why my hair would never go into its puff anymore nor be curly until one of my close friends schooled me. My hair has never been healthy and has never passed my shoulders. Now it is on its way. I have experienced tremendous growth and healthier hair. It makes me smile and rejoice!