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Kayla’s Hair Story- ‘I Was a Long Term Transitioner’

By January 27th, 202125 Comments
Meet Kayla… a University of Texas student and new natural… with a pretty dope hair cut if I might add 🙂
Kayla's Hair Story- 'I Was a Long Term Transitioner'

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I long term transitioned for 18 months mainly because I was terrified of having short hair. I’ve always been the black girl with relatively long hair, so I couldn’t imagine starting completely from scratch.

CN: When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I recently Big Chopped on May 23, 2012. My stylist cut my hair into a shape so the back is shorter than the front. When she began cutting the short part of the back I can’t lie, I panicked a little. By the end of the chop I fell in love. I’ve never had short hair so it’s a new experience for me and so far I love it!

Kayla's Hair Story- 'I Was a Long Term Transitioner'



CN: How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
My family and friends have been very supportive of my hair journey. I wore braidouts/twistouts for over 18 months, so wearing a fro wasn’t a shock, but my current fro is definitely much smaller. I was nervous about cutting my hair so I was thrilled when they said they liked my new ‘do.


CN: What was your transition routine?
My transition routine consisted of co-washing with Giovanni’s Deep Moisture Conditioner or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration at least twice a week. I also did DIY deep conditioning treatments consisting of combinations of products such as eggs, honey, avocado, coconut oil, or olive oil.


CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
Coconut oil was definitely one of my staple products. I loved it so much I introduced it to my mother (who is also natural) as well as a few of my friends. It kept my hair soft and moisturized and helped to prevent breakage at my new growth line.

Kayla's Hair Story- 'I Was a Long Term Transitioner'

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I chose to go natural because although my hair was long it was unhealthy. The ends of my hair were thin and wispy. I thought my hair was invincible but one too many dye jobs proved otherwise. My hair journey was all about improving the health of my hair.

25 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    your hair looks great and i specially love the last pic….if you don't mind me asking where do you get your blouse? it's beautiful. thanks

  • Veola - Do You Naturally says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to love on your crown and partake in your natural journey! It was a pleasure to service you. You are BEaUtiful inside and out. Keepmrising Queen! Namaste!

  • Anonymous says:

    your hair looks great and i specially love the last pic….if you don't mind me asking where do you get your blouse? it's beautiful. thanks

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful cut on a very very beautiful woman.

  • Kayla Robinson says:

    Hi everyone,

    Thank you so much for the kind words! 18 months is a challenge, but well worth it if you're not comfortable starting from ground zero.

    I got my hair cut by Veola Jolly at the Do You Naturally Holistic Natural Hair Salon in Round Rock, TX.

    My youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/kaylorray
    I'm fairly new, but growing fast so check me out 🙂

  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    This cut is gorgeous! I am also doing a long transition… I hope to be able to make it 2 years.. – discoveringnatural.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous says:

    You are such a beautiful woman. I love you so much, you got ya Dadies hair.
    Your DAD

  • Kayla Robinson says:

    Hi everyone!

    Thank you for all of the kind words.

    I got my hair cut by Veola Jolly at the Do You Naturally Holistic Natural Hair Salon in Round Rock, TX.

    My youtube channel is: http://www.youtube.com/user/kaylorray
    It's fairly new but growing quickly 🙂

  • Annie L. says:

    Gorgeous cut Kayla, frames your face so well! Glad you had the support of people who mattered to you!

    @Kameela – You two almost look alike! Don't forget you got a lot of supportive feedback from your curly sisters, the one or two negatives never matter!

  • Nashira says:

    Your hair looks awesome! Do you have a youtube or blog or anything like that? Though I'm not the type to search all over the internet to find someone who has the same "hair type" as me, I do get excited when I see someone whose hair is similar. I'd love to see more of your hair routine and styles.

  • Selisa says:

    Awesome hair cut! I have less than 6 months to go until I'm 18 months into my transition, and I'd LOVE to have my hair cut into this style. 🙂

  • Carla says:

    Love your hair and your haircut 🙂

  • honeybrown1976 says:

    Great job on your long transition! I'm 25 months into my transition and I believe that one must do what makes one happy.

    Congrats!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love the cut & it frames your face very well, I really like the last pic your hair is very beautiful.

    Brooke B.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm glad that you posted a long term transitioner! I see a lot of short term transitioning BCs on Curly Nikki and it's nice to see someone who did it for this long. I have been transitioning for over 15 months and thinking about chopping at 18. Keep posting more long term transitioners!!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely fabulous! I love the hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    Woop Woop! Love the cut. I was featured a few days ago as a long term transitioner (Kameela), and recieved a few stank comments, so hearing your transition and chop story is a breath of fresh air. Go girl!

  • Anonymous says:

    Another long term transitioner, great story…Im 9 months post and never plan on big chopping!

  • Anonymous says:

    So happy to see young, African American women enhancing their natural beauty this way.

  • EngProf says:

    Great cut! Pretty girl!

    @curlynikki I'm glad to see these features make a return. Yay!

  • Anonymous says:

    Just beautiful–and I love her cut, as well as the color.

    ~caramelcurls

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous

  • Miss Anne says:

    Todally loooove the cut! I'm also a long term transitioner and I'm aiming for 18 months – 2 years! I don' mind short hair but I'm still trying to get my regime down and want to use this time to learn about my hair.

    I also started transitioning to natural because I wanted healthier hair. You've inspired me to keep going! Thank you!

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! Would love to know who blessed you with that amazing cut?!

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