Tag Archives: Transitioning Story

Journey to Natural: Then & Now

Today is Oct 31, 2012 and after a 2 year transition (June 2010-June 2012), I am now 28 months post relaxer and 4 months post big chop (BC). I decided to reflect on my journey thus far and think about my hair goals for the future.

Recently, I did a length check:

Stretched Hair: 4 Months Post BC
Shrinkage…

When I was transitioning, one of my favorite protective styles was the big high bun. 

21 Months Transitioning: March 2012
Close Up

 Recently I was able to replicate the style on my fully natural hair.

DIY: Silk Pillowcase

Thrifted Silk Scarf 33X33

All naturals know that a silk pillowcase is essential for your arsenal.

Why?

Your hair rubbing against the fabric of your pillowcase  (most likely cotton) throughout the night, dries your tresses and ultimately causes breakage.

The solution? Cover your pillows in silk!

This will also help preserve your sexy if you’re sick of the silk scarf, and are feeling froggy!

This weekend, I went to the Goodwill Boutique here in Winter Park, FL and purchased a few 100% silk scarves for $3.99 each,  that I planned to use to make silk pillow cases for friends.

22 Months Transitioning: BIG CHOP Right Around the Corner

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Twist-N-Curl

April 1st (also beauty day) marked my 22 month transitioning anniversary…Two months left until the BIG CHOP! I am super excited!

Yesterday I co-washed my hair, did a protein treatment using Aphogee, and DC. I then did a Twist-N-Curl, since Saturday marked the last day of the Protect Ya Ends Challenge.  I plan to wear my hair out this week after 3 months of not being able to.

Result Observations:

  • I really think the protein treatment helped. Last week’s rough hair is nothing compared to how my hair looks and feels today; Hair is soft, moisturized,and has sheen

PYE: Week 12

P.Y.E Week 12

So today is the next to last day of the challenge and I decided to use my freebie and wear my hair out! I couldn’t wait! Earlier in the week I wore this style, with the ends well protected.

Here’s the rundown for this week:

Sunday was beauty day and I did my normal routine. Monday, when I took my hair down to style it, I noticed that it wasn’t as soft as it usually is; in fact, the strand felt dry and rough. The only thing I did different was instead of using my normal homemade shea butter mix, I used the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask, as I was out of my own mix. I am thinking that maybe I didn’t seal in the moisture so the result is not the usual soft tresses, but a rough strand.

P.Y.E Week 8

We are two months into the challenge. Up to this point, I have:

  • Consistently worn protective styles
  • Used one of two freebies to wear my hair in a non-protective style
  • Retained length
  • Discovered my fine hair can not tolerate elastic headbands that are too tight around my front edges
  • Tried a DIY flaxseed gel
  • Been experimenting with a new DIY deep conditioner (more to come on that one!)

P.Y.E: Week 1 ReStyle Reveal Video

So, uh…I changed my hair 🙂

While I loved the Naptural85 Simple and Charming Updo style I wore at earlier this week, it was difficult to maintain without restyling in the morning. I’ve worn a similar style, which I accomplished by going overboard with bobby pins! Naptural85’s method allows you to only use one elastic headband, which is cool! I found it a small challenge to get the headband to remain stationary on my head, but once I began tucking the hair it became easier and the style fell in to place. My hair looked really full and I loved the style in general. I would wear this style if I were going out to a formal or even professional occasion. The reason for my style change is because in order to maintain this style I would have to “sleep pretty”…Not my cup of tea. The low maintenance girl in me wants to ideally style once during my week, on Beauty Day Sunday, of course.  So again, I’d definitely recommend this style! The beauty speaks for itself!

Transitioning Wash Day Routine

Hey Curlfriends!

As a part of the Challenge I will be taking part in, I decided to do a post on my routine.

Weekly:

  1. Oil Wash with Amla Oil, using the finger comb method in 4 twisted sections. Cover hair and let sit for at least 1 hour, usually over night
  2. Co-Wash with Cheapy Conditioner (Hello Hydration or any Herbal Essences or even dollar store conditioner)
  3. Deep Condition with ORS Deep Conditioner Mix (I add to the product olive and amla oils for extra ump!)

Reflections: My Transition to Natural Hair Story (thus far)…

I am currently 18 months into my transition. I don’t exactly remember the age I got my first relaxer, but I’m sure it was around 7…and I have been relaxed ever since. From 6th grade on into college I wore flat wraps and eventually transitioned to roller wraps. When I went to college, my hair was APL (armpit length). Due to the change in climate,being unable to maintain my previously cared for by a professional stylist hair, or find a stylist in Tallahassee who could do hair, it broke off. 🙁 A year after I graduated, I began wanting to live a more healthful lifestyle in general. This led me to eat better and being physically active became a lifestyle. One day, I realized that I was not living up to my new goal because no matter how much I deviated from man-made chemicals I put in my body and on my skin, I still applied a chemical every 6-8 weeks. I knew I needed to make a change. After thinking about it more deeply, I realized I didn’t even know what my natural hair looked like! Can you imagine that! I don’t think I’ve ever made a better choice! I hope more women will be encouraged to take the plunge. God makes no mistakes, and that includes your hair (whatever type it may be).

TRUE LIFE: I’m Going Natural

Greetings 🙂

I was spying on one of my favorite places for Natural Hair Beauty Inspiration, when I saw this:

{MTV’s “True Life” Casting Black Women Going Natural}Im excited to inform anyone that doesnt know that MTV will be casting African-American women who are ready cut off their relaxed hair and go natural. If you appear to be between the ages of 15 -28 and would like to document your transition to natural hair, send an email to casting@lintonmedia.com and tell them your hair story. please reblog so all in natural community can go and maybe represent us well.Thanks!!!!!

{MTV’s “True Life” Casting Black Women Going Natural}Im excited to inform anyone that doesnt know that MTV will be casting African-American women who are ready cut off their relaxed hair and go natural. If you appear to be between the ages of 15 -28 and would like to document your transition to natural hair, send an email tocasting@lintonmedia.com and tell them your hair story. please reblog so all in natural community can go and maybe represent us well.Thanks!!!!!