Transitioning–6 Month Mark

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How long have you been transitioning?

6 months! 159 days to be exact 🙂

What influenced you to transition?

Around November of last year, I decided to ombre my hair. The bleach was a bad idea, especially since I was relaxed! From that moment on, I decided to start profusely cutting/trimming away the ombre ends and got serious about a healthy hair journey. In a sense, I was transitioning from the bleach and heat damage on my hair. From November 2013 till May 2014, I saw my hair flourish and thicken up like crazy! In May, while battling with the DC humidity, I decided that it was time to take the plunge and get serious about this healthy hair journey. What better way than to begin my transition to natural!

What has been the most difficult part of your journey thus far?

The first three months of transitioning, I felt that the increased thickness of my hair was the most difficult part of my transitioning journey. It was a huge adjustment to no longer be able to get in the shower and wash my hair, but to now have to section into four parts and wash in the sink or bent over the tub in order to fully cleanse and detangle my hair. Now, though, I feel like the most difficult part is staying away from heat! Now, in DC, it’s cold! So, it’s easier to straighten my hair and keep in that way for about 2 weeks without having to wash it and without having to fear dreaded HUMIDITY. But, I recently realized that I needed to quit the heat and go back to curl former sets and flexirod sets.


What have you learned about your hair since transitioning?

Other than learning that my hair is crazy thick, I’ve noticed that I really do like my emerging curl pattern!

Have you ever thought about big chopping?

Yes! I LOVE love love to trim my hair. In between trims, I dust my ends as well. For that reason, I know that I’ll only last so long with transitioning. I plan to big chop once I’ve reached the 15 months mark (around August 2015). If I’m not ready at that point, however, then I won’t push it. But, if I am, then snip snip!

What are some of your favorite products so far?

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Transitioning Milk

SheaMoisture JBCO Strengthen, Grow, Restore Deep Conditioner

Crème of Nature 7 in 1 Leave In Conditioner

Lush Shine So Bright Split End Treatment

Homemade Flaxseed Gel

What are some of your favorite hairstyles?

Flexirod sets on stretched hair, buns, and curlformers! Soon I’ll start to experiment with bantu knot outs but for now, those three are winners! As I’m in my last year of law school and soon to enter the world of DC lawyers, those three hairstyles can still be professional (for my age).

What are your hair goals?

Simply, to have healthy hair. I want my hair to get as thick and healthy as it possibly can. In terms of length goals, bra strap length would be perfect.

Any advice for new transitioners?

As I’m pretty new myself, my advice can only go so far haha. I will say, however, be confident and be open minded. I say be confident because there will be people that will be open to your transition and there will be people that aren’t open to your transition. And, some of the people that aren’t open to your transition could be close family members whose opinion actually means a lot to you but remember this journey is for you and YOU only. Stay true to you! Be confident.

I say be open minded because you’re going to want to try a lot of new methods, techniques and hair products. Don’t go overboard but be open to products and styles that you’ve never tried before!

How can you be reached: Twitter, Instagram, FB, etc.

Instagram at @transitioninglati

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Transitioning–3 Month Mark

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1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Latisha Rivera. I’m DMV resident, finishing my last year of law school and cannot wait to change the world of Immigration Law one International Human Right at a time!

2. How long have you been transitioning?

So, today actually makes 80 days exactly! Yes, I have a countdown tracker on my phone haha. That means I’m almost 3 months post relaxer—11.5 weeks to be exact.

3. What influenced you to transition?

Around November of last year, I decided to ombre my hair. The bleach was a bad idea, especially since I was relaxed! From that moment on, I decided to start profusely cutting/trimming away the ombre ends and got serious about a healthy hair journey. In a sense, I was transitioning from the bleach and heat damage on my hair. From November 2013 till May 2014, I saw my hair flourish and thicken up like crazy! In May, while battling with the DC humidity, I decided that it was time to take the plunge and get serious about this healthy hair journey. What better way than to begin my transition to natural!

4. What has been the most difficult part of your journey thus far?

Hands down, the thickness of my hair. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my big hair and, being Puerto Rican and Jamaican, relaxed or not I have always had a LOT of hair. But, now that I’m transitioning, my hair has gotten even thicker as it grows and I’ve had to begin washing my hair in sections. 4 sections to be exact. Without sectioning my hair, there would be parts of my hair that would be slightly damp after shampoo and conditioning my hair. No bueno.

5. What have you learned about your hair since transitioning?

I’ve learned that my hair is extremely thick. Thicker than I’ve ever thought possible. I’ve also clung tighter to the belief that there is no “good hair” stereotype. Being biracial, I was raised being told that I had “good hair” but when I was growing up and didn’t know how to take care of that hair, all I saw was split ends and heat damage. I kept waiting for the day that I would get this “good hair.” I’ve learned to stop waiting because good hair is HEALTHY HAIR. No matter the hair type or the texture or the race, that “good hair” stereotype is simply HEALTHY HAIR.

6. Have you ever thought about big chopping?

Yes! I LOVE love love to trim my hair. In between trims, I dust my ends as well. For that reason, I know that I’ll only last so long with transitioning. I plan to big chop once I’ve reached the 15 months mark (around August 2015). If I’m not ready at that point, however, then I won’t push it. But, if I am, then snip snip!

7. What are some of your favorite products so far? (3-5)

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Transitioning Milk

Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo

Crème of Nature 7 in 1 Leave In Conditioner

Nancy’s Kitchen Products Silk Buttercream Deep Moisture Masque

Homemade Flaxseed Gel

8. What are some of your favorite hairstyles?

Wash and go’s, buns, and curlformers! Soon I’ll start to experiment with flexi rod sets and bantu knot outs but for now, those three are winners! As I’m in my last year of law school and soon to enter the world of DC lawyers, those three hairstyles can still be professional (for my age).

8. What are your hair goals?

Simply, to have healthy hair. I want my hair to get as thick and healthy as it possibly can. In terms of length goals, bra strap length would be perfect.

10. Any advice for new transitioners?

As I’m pretty new myself, my advice can only go so far haha. I will say, however, be confident and be open minded. I say be confident because there will be people that will be open to your transition and there will be people that aren’t open to your transition. And, some of the people that aren’t open to your transition could be close family members whose opinion actually means a lot to you but remember this journey is for you and YOU only. Stay true to you! Be confident.

I say be open minded because you’re going to want to try a lot of new methods, techniques and hair products. Don’t go overboard but be open to products and styles that you’ve never tried before!

Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment

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Elasticity is vital for transitioning hair and well…any hair really! That is the exact reason that I purchased this conditioning treatment. It’s vital that I prevent as much breakage as I can around my line of demarcation during my transition. This product is meant to provide hair with a equal balance of protein and hydration and help eliminate hair loss as well as split ends. That’s exactly what it does! I use this conditioner the week after after I’ve straightened my hair in order to add some protein/keratin back into my hair that was recently lost when blow drying and flat ironing my hair. This DC always leaves my hair stronger, shinier, and SO SOFT! While those are definitive positives of this DC, my favorite attribute is the SMELL! It smells JUST like clean fresh laundry detergent and the smell lingers even after I’ve washed it out. My favorite smell ever! I purchased this DC from Sally’s for $9 for 8oz
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Here is an informative article by Curly Nikki about the importance of elasticity for healthy hair!

INGREDIENTS

Water (Aqua, Eau), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Sodium PCA, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Lactic Acid, Polyester-11, PVP, Isostearamidopropyl Morpholine Lactate, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-10, Silicone Quaternium-22, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Keratin Amino Acids, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Trideceth-12, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum)

HOW I USE IT

After a shampoo and condition, I part my hair into four sections applying this DC to each section of my hair. I use a wide tooth comb to detangle and ensure equal distribution. Putting on a plastic cap, I sit underneath my bonnet dryer for 25-30 minutes. Rinse and voila! Super soft anddd strong hair!

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Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner

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Have you ever heard of “cheapie conditioners” that make your hair feel super soft, have great slip, ease the detangling process all while being real cheap in price? Well, this is products is THE definition of a cheapie conditioner. It’s a great conditioner to use in your pre-poo mix OR as a co-wash or a regular conditioner (followed after a shampoo). The slip that this product contains makes it super easy to detangle hair and the product name surely doesn’t lie as it delivers a great deal of hydration! The only drawback to me is that there are more synthetic ingredients than natural and it contains a silicone. The silicone, however, is water soluble! Additionally, the smell is light and fruity which is just the right icing on the cake that makes this product a sure staple in any naturalistas or curly girls product stash! I purchased this product from Walgreens for $3.99 for 12 oz.

INGREDIENTS

Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Cetyl Alcohol , Bis Aminopropyl Dimethicone , Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract , Orchis Mascula Flower Extract , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract , Fragrance , Benzyl Alcohol , Disodium EDTA , Sodium Hydroxide , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Blue 1

HOW I USE IT

As I previously mentioned, I use this conditioner as a pre-poo, co-wash, or a conditioner. When using it as a pre-poo, I simply mix it with any of my DIY pre-poo treatments and use a wide tooth to detangle and ensure equal distribution. I then put my hair into a top knot, place a plastic cap over my head and wait about an hour before shampoo and conditioning. When using as a co-wash or a conditioner, I apply to the length and ends of my hair, wait 3-5 minutes and rinse!

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Organix Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Conditioner

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This is the type of conditioner that I would use bi-weekly. Why, you ask? Simple. In order to have healthy hair, you have to maintain a healthy balance of protein and moisture. The best way to do this (besides getting intensive protein treatments every 6-8 weeks) is to use products in your hair regimen that contain hydrolyzed protein/keratin. This is one of those products. This conditioner is a cheaper yet effective alternative to the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger line! The Awapuhi Ginger extract is meant to “instantly mend and soften dry coarse hair while stimulating the scalp with freshness, [while the] rich keratin proteins fortify each strain creating restored, soft, strengthened hair from the inside out.” While I can’t agree that it softens hair SO MUCH, it certainly strengthens my hair. The reason it doesn’t soften the hair that much, is because of the keratin/protein that this product contains. Protein doesn’t soften hair, it strengthens it. For that reason, I would follow up with a moisturizing deep conditioner! Also, not a fan of the silicones that Organix products contain, but a good clarifying shampoo will wash them right out!
I purchased this conditioner at Walgreens for $5 for 13 fl oz.

INGREDIENTS

Aqua (DI Water), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Hedychium Coronarium (Awapuhi White Ginger), Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Leaf Extract), Panthenol, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchlorothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Red 40.

HOW I USED IT

I use this like any other conditioner–after shampooing my hair, I apply a liberal amount of this conditioner to my hair, use a wide tooth comb (or my fingers) to detangle and ensure equal distribution, wait 3-5 minutes, and then rinse!

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Appreciation

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As of last night, I officially reached over 6,000 views in 69 countries/islands! From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank all my viewers for supporting me on my healthy hair journey and…supporting my product junkie ways haha.

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ALSO, super had a fan girl moment last night when the amazing brand that is Carol’s Daughter sent me this!

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So, basically, I’m feeling incredibly appreciated allll the way around! Thank you 🙂
My amazing viewers, you can also follow me on Instagram @transitioninglati

Round Brush v. Paddle Brush

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Being Puerto Rican, I L O V E a good blow out with a round brush. Really, until recently, it’s the only way I’ve ever known how to do a blowout. Round brush=blowout. It was a way of life! UNTIL, that is, fellow curlies and my naturalista friends put me onto the paddle brush. For months they told me how damaging a round brush was to use when blowing out your hair. How much smoother, shinier, and LESS damaged my hair would be if I just switched to a paddle brush. But, no. That was always my reply. No, nope, nah. I did my research, and honestly, I didn’t find many articles that spoke about the damaging effects of a round brush. Nonetheless, I decided to do my YouTube tutorial due diligence and try the paddle brush method out. I tried it once, twice, and now THREE times. And? And, I won’t be going back to round brush any time soon! Not only does the paddle brush blowout method, coupled with the flat iron comb and chase, cut down on my styling time but it makes my hair lighter and softer with MORE volume. LOVE IT! Using a paddle brush also allows you to slide the brush through your hair a few times, and then begin to use your hand to hold your hair taut while you blow dry–using less manipulation all together.

Below are a few videos that I used in my YouTube tutorial search. The first video is from Big Hair Betty whom I love! Here, she shows her blow out method. In a separate second video, she also teaches you how to make your hair super big with flat iron curls (something I have yet to master).

This third video is from Brandi! While she opts for an air dry, this video shows you to do the comb chase method which really helps to straighten and get sleeker strands.

Clearly ALOT of YouTube tutorials, but these methods are a lot healthier and less damaging for your hair!
Below are my results

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