Michelle writes:

It’ Michelle from Chicago!  I shared my Transition story on CurlyNikki in May of 2011. Big news! August 2012 will mark my one year anniversary of finishing my transition to natural! Your site has helped me so much!  I can’t thank you enough. I’m so happy I made the decision to go natural (and transition long term). I LOVE MY HAIR!

I just want to let those who are long term transitioners know that it is okay to transition long term, Do You!  The debate over doing the BC and transitioning can wear on one who is trying to transition! Listening to what other people are saying (which is sometimes negative) can make you think twice about transitioning. My advice is KEEP GOING! You can do it! Everyone’s story is not the same; everyone’s journey to natural is not the same either. You have to do what works best for you! Thank you NIKKI for all you do for the natural community!

My current regimen:
I wash and condition my hair one a week using a sulfate free shampoo. I either do a Twist-N-Curl or a Braid-N-Curl, and bun for the rest of the week until it’s time to wash again. I deep condition twice a month with JessiCurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment (looking for another really good deep conditioner.. any suggestions?).   If I feel good I will do mini twists which last usually two weeks!

My nightly routine:
Moisturize with water and a little Shea butter on my ends. Sometimes I pineapple, but I wear a satin bonnet EVERY NIGHT!! 

My current products:
Shea Moisture Coconut& Hibiscus Curl and Shine shampoo. TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave in Conditioner, Cantu Shea Butter leave in, Jane Carter Nourish and shine, Kinky Curly Knot Today. Just a few… whew I’m a PJ! Still wanting new products LOL!

I recently started a blog, please check it out!! happilyevernatural.com, FB page: happily ever natural. I’m also hair picture happy!! Instagram @naturalista86

Thank you so much NIKKI! Without your site, I would have been LOST! Thanks for letting me share!