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!

Apricot Oil

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So, every other weekend (or when law school decides to let me live) I make DIY prepoos/deep conditioners/sealants. This past weekend, I realized that I had run out of a good amount of my routine natural oils. So, I made a trip to GNC to restock. They were having a buy one get one 50% sale and the product junkie in me just felt like I wanted to try Apricot Oil. What are the benefits of Apricot Oil, you ask? Well, here’s a super informative article about this wondrous oil from BlackGirlwithLongHair! So, rather than reiterate the entire article, I’ll leave it right here below for y’all to read!

“Altogether, the fatty acids in Apricot Oil come together to serve three wonderful functions at the molecular level:

Cement: They shape the substance that seal scales of the hair cuticle, in the same way that cement keeps together the bricks in a wall. Because the scales are “cemented” together, they make for a smooth surface, which enables the hair to protect itself against external aggressions, and to reflect light (shiny hair).
Barrier: Also known as sealing. They prevent the water that was absorbed by the hair from evaporating.
Sponge: Fatty acids are also mild humectants. They are able to absorb small amounts of water from the air’s humidity in order to help maintain hair hydration.
Apricot Oil is also rich in Vitamins A & E. Vitamin A supports skin health and repair, a wonderful property for those suffering from dry scalp, psoriasis, dandruff, or eczema. Additionally, it can help soothe irritated scalp, and soften fine lines in the skin. Vitamin E supports healthy hair growth, and is believed to prevent hair loss. When combined with fatty acids, Vitamin E acts as a preservative preventing free radicals from eliminating their effectiveness. It also prevents UV damage, which is just in time for Spring and Summer!

To sum this thing up, Apricot Oil will make for a great pre-poo, as well as a mix-in for your conditioner, shampoo, deep conditioner, and leave in. It helps promote hair growth, as well as length retention. You can even use it on your skin to help soften and retain moisture. If you are suffering from dry or flaky scalp, or dull and dry hair, Apricot Oil may be just the thing you need to restore moisture and balance.”

Again, here is the article! Read it for more information on this oil! Now, get your Apricot Oil y’all! 🙂

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Long Term Transitioning

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As some of you may know, and some of you may not know, until May of this year (2014) I was frequently getting my hair relaxed. While I loved my relaxers, I feel that it is time for the transition. Thus, I’ve thrown aside the creamy crack and committed to long term transitioning. This will be a loooong process as I’m not about the big chop life but I welcome the change. I know enough about the science of hair and hair care products, especially my hair, to know what hair needs when transitioning. I also know that the current hair market has capitalized on the amount of people transitioning by making these transitioning kits that aren’t really needed BUT that still didn’t stop me from buying my first one (pictured below)! Hey, I’m a product junkie what can I say 🙂 I have yet to try it but when I do, I will of course promptly review it.

Until then, for anyone that is in the process of transitioning, take a look at these transitioning tips from one of my favorite Vloggers!

Brandi

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