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