What is Transitioning?

Transitioning: 20 Months

Two years ago, when I began transitioning, the definition of the word “transitioning” was completely different then what it’s grown to mean today.

Back then, transitioning was the process of growing one’s relaxer out, either for a short or long term. I chose the long term route; will be two years on June 30th.

Currently, I’ve seen it from many different perspectives. The filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa presented an Op-Doc on black women’s decision to embrace their naturally kinky hair, rather than use chemical straighteners for the NY Times. In this awesome short documentary, Zina big chops (BC) and shares the mental aftermath.

Carol’s Daughter has created a “Transitioning Movement“,  which I am still unclear on exactly. Seemingly, their definition of transitioning applies to all who have taken the jump toward natural hair, whether they choose to go through the process of maintaining two textures or just went straight for the scissors and did the BC.

I believe transitioning could mean all these things; however for women like me, transitioning (whether long or short term) means we are dealing with both natural roots and relaxed ends, until we BC.

This means having to baby our line of demarcation (LOC: refers to where the natural and relaxed hair meets).

It means having to handle our hair gently.

Having to take care of two different textures.

Having to do a bit more work to maintain styles.

It means dealing with the frustration that goes along transitioning.

It means research to learn how to deal with the new growth and relaxer.

It means getting to know your hair’s needs and wants, and responding to those wants and needs

…and more 🙂

All in all, I am grateful for my transitioning experiences, good and bad. I’m sure it has helped to me accept and love my natural hair, as well as learn what methods to use in order for my hair to thrive.

This has been an AWESOME experience which will end on Saturday.


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