Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a long term transitioner. I first began with stretching my relaxers out and then I stopped getting relaxers completely and began my transitioning process. I chose to transition because I wasn’t sure the big chop was for me. I was most comfortable with the process of long term transitioning and this allowed me to learn my hair.
When did you cut all your relaxer off? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I received a trim every time I went to the salon and my last trim in the summer of 2014. That is when I “guesstimate” was the last of my relaxed hair. So I had been transitioning since 2013. I was so excited when I got to see my hair in its natural state without the dead ends of my relaxed hair.
How did family and friends react to me going natural?
My family and friends were kind of shocked when I told them I was going natural. They didn’t believe that I would follow through but now by looking at my hair I sure did prove them wrong. I remember my sister would laugh sometimes when I would try to mimic styles that I learned from YouTube. However, as my family started to see the changes in my hair they began to support me and my decision. It just had to grow on them, just as it had to on me.
What was your transition routine (products included)?
Carol’s Daughter transitioning kit was my holy grail. I used this faithfully on wash day! I bought two boxes of it and it lasted me a while.
What was your staple hair style during the transition?
Flat twists were my staple hair style during the time. I would try out other styles like bantu knots and flexi-rods but flat twists were the style I knew how to do best.
How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I moisturized using the L.O.C. method and made sure that I deep conditioned every week. I would use water, olive oil, and Elasta QP’s Olive oil and Mango butter moisturizer (this stuff smells delicious).
Why did you choose to go natural?
Going to college was the ultimate reason I went natural. I was going to be away from my parents and away from my hair dresser. To others it may seem like it is hard maintenance but it is easier maintenance for me and lighter on my pockets. I am thankful that I went natural it was one of the best decision’s I’ve ever made.