Hair Care Diary: 2 Years Into My Transition To Natural Hair, 1 More To Go?

October 23, 2010

Straight Natural HairOkay, I read your emails, tweets, and FB messages… It’s time to update :) September 26, 2010 officially marked my 2 year transition to natural hair. I have no clue how I forgot, but one of my LHCF buddies had to clue me in. Am I happy? Of course!!! I’m at a point where I’m just in love with my hair. It’s like I get the best of both worlds… One day I’m rocking a FIERCE fro and the next day it will be pin straight! When I first decided to transition I was in the midst of a three month stretch and really could not imagine making it this far. A few times I seriously considered the Big Chop. One time I was so confused… I almost shaved my head completely. *Gasp* Just thinking about it makes me feel a certain way. Thanks so much to all my readers, friends, and family, for the well wishes and encouragement. I would not have made it this far without you!

Right now, I have about 3-5 inches of relaxed ends and the crown area of my hair is fully natural. Many readers have asked me when I’m going to chop the rest of my relaxed hair off… but I have no plans to do so anytime soon. The shortest layers of my natural hair are just past shoulder length… and anybody who has read my blog knows that I cant do the “in-between” stage again. I just can’t. And most people cant even tell that I’m not fully natural when my hair is not straight. Honestly, I hardly ever notice the relaxed ends unless my hair is wet. Check out my fro in the picture below (I’ll have some wet hair pictures when I do an upcoming post on my 50-11 textures).

Afro Natural Hairstyle

I’m just going to push this transition at least another year. By that time my hair should be completely natural. I’ve been maintaining my hair at BSL since last Spring, and I’ll probably continue trimming my hair to remain that length until next year. So what have I been doing to my hair since August. Nada. I’ve mostly been rocking a co-washed pony for the last month. Once in a while I would break out the fro. But right now I’m sick of the single strand knots so I decided to wear my hair straightened for the next couple of weeks. No matter how much I detangle, those single strand knots always find a way to ruin my day! But I have an answer for those knots. HEAT!!! I know it isn’t the solution for everybody, but it’s going to work for me, lol.

Last, let’s talk my about my current regimen. I’ve been getting a lot of emails about this topic. My regimen has been so simple lately. I’ll do an updated post on it soon. For now I just shampoo and deep condition my hair once a week. And co-washed my hair pretty much every day (Ha Ha!) using my new beloved VO5 Passion Fruit Smoothie Conditioner (Review Coming Soon!). That stuff smells so good and it’s so CHEAP. LOL! The only downside is that the ingredients aren’t the best, but you can’t expect much when you pay 80 cents for a bottle… It gets the job done. Anyway, I’ve typed enough. I’m hoping to get some more posts up by next week.

ETA: Currently catching up on emails, comments, and interview requests

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Gracie October 23, 2010 at 9:01 am

Wow. Dani you’re hair looks great. The fro is indeed “FIERCE”. I started my transition four months ago and it’s hard to find sites for long-term transitioners. Thanks for updating.


Kayla October 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

*faints* Your fro is so awesome!

Sheri October 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm

You have my fantasy hair. I can’t wait until all of this limp relaxed hair is gone and I have a huge fro! Rock it out diva!

Francis October 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I’m digging the fro. It doesn’t get better than going natural

Dani October 26, 2010 at 11:48 am

@ Gracie, Kayla, Sheri, and Francis – Thanks so much Ladies and Francis!!!

theGLAMlife October 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

Your hair looks really nice! Keep it up.

Lichelle October 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

Can you say HAIR PORN!?!?! I want my fro to look just like that when it grows up. Lol. Please update your blog more Dani. I’m 8 months post relaxer and stop at your blog for inspiration too.

Marvin November 4, 2010 at 12:07 am

I have to say it takes a lot to keep natural hair in shape just like your body does. Im gonna refer this tip as well to my blog.

Alexia November 7, 2010 at 11:48 am

Congrats Dani! I remember when you started your transition.

Rose Donson November 8, 2010 at 3:12 am

transition to natural hair is always a good decision. Going from relaxed hair to natural hair is a process that involves patience, love and dedication. its good ,go ahead.

Anya November 20, 2010 at 6:03 am

Wow this is definitely a long term transition, hope you do a report at the end of the three years!

Nichola November 27, 2010 at 2:19 am

I love the result, great stuff

Alecia November 29, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I am really inspired by your hair. I must say, if my hair does reach the desire length by next year. I will be cutting my hair and hopefully, rocking a lovely afro like yours. God bless, take care.

Keresha December 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I have very similar hair & recently have ventured into hair extensions that are beaded through my natural hair. ( It’s a lot less damaging, supposedly none and I haven’t had any so far!! It’s a lot easier to care for, then a weave as well. I love your hair though especially how the ends are just relaxed, looks great…

jesi February 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I was told that I couldn’t transition past a year bc eventually my natural hair will get damaged. Its been a year and I have length but still about 5in of relaxed hair and I’m not ready to cut. How have u maintained your hair’s health for over 2 years?

lander February 17, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Love the fro.. I am 3 months post relaxer. Decided to go natural after maby years of talking about it. The big chop is not an option right now and I am lookikng to have at least shoulder length before I do it. Been getting mixed reaction to my decision to go natural which has caused doubts to pop up but thanks to sites like yours and youtube I have been able to contine on my journey. Keep it up.

Tami June 5, 2011 at 8:27 am

My 16 year-old daughter finally convinced me to go natural like her. I wasn’t completely convinced until I stumbled across your sight! May 2011 made a year for me – thanks for your help. KEEP POSTING!

WithLove July 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I love your site!! I found it a couple of days ago and I love the info you post. I just started transitioning. It’s going on 3 months now and I can’t wait til my hair is big and healthy!

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