My mom has been natural since 2014. She transitioned on accident and initially had no intention of doing so, but after her beautician of 20 plus years fell ill and could no longer do hair, my mom grew out her perm by wearing her hair in protective styles primarily in cornrows until she was able to find another hairstylist that she trusted with her mane. Once she started noticing the difference in her texture doing the transition process, she made a commitment to say goodbye forever to the creamy crack! Her hair has been long all of her life; however, she did cut her hair several times over the years in a bob, the famous Toni Braxton, and Halle Berry pixie cut hairstyles. She also had a Jheri curl at one point. Haha!
When did you completely go natural?
Aside from today, when was the last time you used heat on your hair?
At the end of 2013.
How often do you put color on your hair?
Every six to eight months at the salon. and let the stylist put a demi color on my hair. Or I'll use a coloring pen by Clairol to color my gray roots that I purchased at Sally's.
How often do you get a trim?
I haven't had a trim since 2012.
When you went to your most recent hair appointment did the beautician tell you that you needed one?
Nope, she said that one wasn't necessary.
Even though you hadn't had one in years?
Yep, I found out a long time ago that it is a myth to get your hair trimmed every six weeks. Some stylists are scissor happy. You ultimately have to know your own hair.
How often do you wash your hair? And what products do you use?
Once a month and I use Suave shampoo and conditioner.
What hair care products are you using? I use B&B to grease my scalp and depending on how dry it is I may add extra virgin olive oil to it. I use Parnevu Leave-In Conditioner in the Spring and Summer, and in the Fall and Winter, I use Liv hair grease.
Do you have a night time routine?
Not really. I just wear a satin bonnet and go to bed.
Any tips for women that are in the process of transitioning?
Be patient! I will admit that it is hard to manage the new growth and the two different textures at once but try not to get frustrated and just wear your hair in a braid out to blend the two textures. Or in a protective style such as braids, but do not neglect your real hair if you are going to go the weave route. Your hair is your crown and glory and should be treated with care.
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