Transitioning to Natural Update

March 30, 2009

Transitioning to NaturalMy transition to natural hair is going along pretty smooth. I finally made a decision on when I’m going to do the Big Chop, and I’m in for a long journey. I’ve received tons of support from family, friends, and my SO.

For the first time in six months… I’ve went ahead and straightened my hair. First, I blow-dried it with a comb attachment in sections. I wanted to blow dry it on low with the tension method but I was short on time and didn’t feel like experimenting. Then, I went ahead and flat-ironed it with Sabino Moisture Block. The Before and After are posted to the left. Gosh, I love my Sedu!

Black Hair CutThe search and destroy cutting method has been the only one I used because I’ve been wearing my hair in curly styles since June. When I decided to transition I cut about two inches of scraggly ends off my twists. And I went ahead and trimmed my hair last week after flat-ironing because it was seriously uneven. And surprisingly the trim came out great. I cut between 3 and 4 inches off my hair (some areas were longer than others). I did meet my BSL goal (a few strands were actually quite past it) before clipping, so I was very happy about that. The blue shirt pic was taken immediately after I finished flat-ironing by my SO, but I didn’t want to keep bugging him… so I took the final one when we got back home from Florida.

Transitioning to Natural I’m definitely loving my length and glad that I cut off the hair. My hair looks thicker and healthier. If your contemplating a cut, I say go for it. There is no need to hold onto uneven hair unless you wear curly styles majority of the time. In that case… I say keep it, but only if your ends are healthy and not breaking off. The SO told me my hair looked long… which is a huge compliment from him. We were raised in two totally different cultures… so I know my definition of long hair does not represent his (his definition of long hair would be waist length..hmm). Regardless, I appreciated the ego stroke :) That man is learning… I love me some him! I digress… The point is that I’m feeling my hair!

I’ve been reading a ton of books about natural hair (reviews coming soon) and one in particular taught me a lot about the history of Black Hair. It definitely helped me to make the mental transition that I needed upon deciding to go natural. I can honestly say that I love the curls and kinks floating in my new growth, and the one million different textures on my head. I just feel good about my decision… And I find it hilarious that I’m posting this revelation in a blog post where I just showed my hair straightened… Ha! Oh well, I also learned that natural hair is versatile, lol. You can rock it curly and straight without the chemicals.

As for the blog, I’m overwhelmed with school… but for the time being I’m going to do my best to post at least a few times a week. You can look forward to more reviews of hair products and tools, book reviews, hairstyles pictures for inspiration, how to do hair videos, and some hot topic discussions… because I have a few things to get off my mind.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Richnluv April 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Hi Dani! I’ve been transitioning for exactly 7 months tomorrow (Oct. 3rd 2008 was the last time I put that mess in my hair) and I’ve been searching for products all over the place. Lord knows I need to by studying for school right now, but my hair just continues to be a distraction! Anyhow, I just wanted to thank you for the update and your site looks great! It’s too the point where I have to do something with my hair because I’m getting tired of how it looks, which is poofy. I’m about to go to the store right now to see if I can find some headbands and the Lacio-Lacio leave-in you recommended. Oh, and about rollersetting, (I read that someone was having trouble rollersetting her hair), I found a link on Youtube on how to rollerset transitioned hair. It was very informative. So if your one friend wants the link, I can find it when I get back online. Alright, Thanks again Dani. I like the pics!

Dani April 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Thanks for stopping by my blog… And congrats on your transition! School is kicking my butt too, so I just put my hair in box braids to keep my hands out it. Drop the link to the rollersetting video in the comments or thru email and I’ll post it on the blog.

I wrote a long response earlier but it didn’t go through for whatever reason… I’ll just summarize it by saying thanks for checking out the blog and your lovely comment. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post more in the coming days.

Yolanda May 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Hi Dani. I stumbled across your site when I googled mini braids on transitioning hair. I am 6 months post relaxer and don’t plan to BC
This is actually my 2nd time transitioning. The 1st time I made it for 15 months and became frustrated with the two textures. I’ve mostly been wearing twist n curl but now I want to try mini braids but am not sure which products to use. Any suggestions? Do you have pics of your mini braids? Are you on youtube?

Jasmine July 25, 2011 at 12:34 am

Hi Dani, I am planning on transitioning to natural hair, but I have no idea where to start. I tried transitioning my hair before, but my hair started to break off really bad so I just decided to get a perm.

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