When did you start transitioning?
What inspired you to transition? I’ve been natural for most of my life with no issues (except for that one year when I used a texturizer… terrible!). I had thick and healthy hair…. until I started flatironing. Two years after I started, I noticed the growing heat damage and breakage all over my head. Now, after a few cuts, I still have about 4-6 inches of damaged hair. It looked great when straightened, however, after washing, it was a stringy, awful mess.
What are your staple products? I pretty much live on Shea Moisture products. Especially their Raw Shea Butter and Organic Coconut & Hibiscus lines. In addition to that, I use organic virgin coconut oil and jojoba oil interchangeably. I’m also trying Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue… smells great, and my twist out looks amazing!
What’s your regimen? I co-wash weekly, and use ACV every few weeks. I have given up on shampoo! I haven’t found one that fits my budget without leaving my hair feeling stripped and dry! After washing, I either flat twist my hair, or curl it with flexirods. To keep my hair moisturized during the week, I spritz it with an oil and water mix, and smooth on shea butter before bed.
What’s the hardest thing about transitioning? The hardest thing is trying to mask the difference between the two hair textures. I can’t do WNG’s (it looks horrible. The straight ends have no life whatsoever). If I do twists, I have to touch up my twistouts almost on a daily basis… It seems the straight, damaged ends lose their crinkle by the end of the day! Another difficulty is resisting the urge to whip out that flatiron when I get frustrated with my hair! Flatironing is so easy…. but resisting brings me closer to my goal of healthy hair!
Have you received any negative towards your decision to transition? Absolutely not! People are used to me and my hair. Even when I was wearing it straight, I’d still take a break and change it up. You never know what to expect with my hair from day to day!
Do you plan on big chopping or cutting the hair off gradually? Currently, I’m cutting it gradually. I plan on cutting an inch off every 6-8 weeks. However, my goal is to have NO heat damaged hair by the end of the year, so in December, whatever is left will be chopped off!!!
What are your staple styles for transitioning? I really love using flexirods. I can make those curls last for 2 weeks if need be! I also love that with a little manipulation, I can make the curls as long or as tight as I want them! Other than that, I experiment with twistouts. Since my goal is to lose this heat damaged hair, I rarely do anymore blowouts. If I do, I take extra care not to add to the current damage. I’m trying to master the art of updos and protective styles… it’s a slow process with me, lol
What do you hope to achieve with you natural hair that you cannot achieve with your hair in its current state? I’d like to achieve a healthy head of hair, and grow it out even longer than before. Hair like Esperanza Spalding and Yaya Dacosta. I want to wear my glorious curls in their natural state… and not have to worry about how to hide those ends!