Joy- A Story of Transition
Joy- A Story of Transition
Meet Joy, a long-term transitioner looking forward to her first Big Chop this spring!


I just love your website and the way that it enables females to embrace their natural selves, no matter the hair color, texture or whatever the case may be. You are truly an inspiration and I just thank you for the amazing work that you are doing. Keep up the great work and continue to be an inspiration for others. 🙂

Are you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I am a long-term transitioner currently 7 and a half months post my last relaxer, but I plan on doing the BC sometime in the spring. I am not exactly sure when.

How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
My mom is still a bit skeptical about the idea. She thinks I should wear my hair “normal.” In her eyes, normal is considered relaxed, but I believe that it is about that time where I find out what my “normal” really is. Some of my friends were skeptical about the idea as well, because they are so used to seeing me with long hair, but afterwards they became very supportive of the idea, and some even embraced it.

What is your transition routine?
I currently do not use any forms of heat in my hair. I tend not to use many products, but as far as my shampoo and conditioner, I use ShiKai Natural Tea Tree Shampoo and a combination of Jason Long & Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Conditioner and Tresemme’ Clean & Natural Gentle Hydration Conditioner.

Regarding leave-in conditioner, I tend to make it using the Tresemme’ Clean & Natural Gentle Hydration Conditioner and 3/4 cup of water with a bit of jojoba oil. I also use this mixture that I make using various herbs in order to promote hair growth as well as the maintenance of moisture within my hair. I also use jojoba oil in my hair in order to lock in the moisture while enhancing the shine in my hair.

Joy- A Story of Transition

What is your staple hairstyle?
My staple hairstyle while transitioning is using twist outs to create various hairstyles, especially protective hairstyles. My favorite hairstyle can be seen in the first attachment where my hair is in a very huge bun-type updo.

How do you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
In order to prevent breakage, especially at the new growth line, I use a water and herb mixture that uses herbs that stimulate the scalp in order to promote growth. These herbs vary from rosemary, thyme, lavender and etc. Some of my favorite herbs that I predominately use are rosemary and juniper berries. I also add jojoba oil to this mixture, since it is the closest oil similar to the natural oils that we have on our skin and hair.

Why did you choose to go natural?
I decided to go natural because I love the way that fellow naturals embrace their natural selves without regard to what others may think about them. I also toyed with the idea of going natural in summer of 2010, when I would wear my hair in wash and gos. I enjoyed the huge, puffy volume of my hair, imagining what it would be like if it was natural, but never thought about actually cutting my hair. When I found out that there are ways of transitioning long-term, I began to embrace the idea of going natural. Lastly, I love the idea of making your own products to specifically cater to your hair.

Joy- A Story of Transition