some questions for transitioners and naturals

trying to spice up the blog and want to motivate others as well as keep myself motivated. whenever you have a chance, would you mind answering a few questions:

How long have you been natural/transitioning?

If transitioning, what is your process? (short term, long term, trimming as you go, planning to BC, etc.)

What is your regimen?

Why did you decide to go natural?

What is the hardest part?

What is the easiest part?

What products/techniques do you utilize?

What would you say to someone who wants to go natural? (motivations, tips, rules, regrets, praises, etc.)

***any extra info, feel free to ask.

pics!!!

i plan to add 1 or 2 to the blog daily

OH!! and if your fotki is amazing (or just ok even lol) give me the link. i plan to feature a fotki of the week (for the weak) as a continued inspiration!

Thanks in advance!
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Current: Natural 3C/4A BSL; Long Term Goal: WL
Hey why did you change your name?
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

Hey why did you change your name?
Originally Posted by mariag002
lol..who knows..i'm weird like that. and when i named my blog i decided i liked this one better lol
Kinky Curly Knot Today =
Philippians 1:3

Fotki: http://members.fotki.com/Nigerian-Princess/about/

Current: Natural 3C/4A BSL; Long Term Goal: WL
I know this is not answering your question, but I'm curious. What does Hoya mean?

To answer your question, check out curlynikki's blog and my fotki. I'm one of her features there and answer almost the exact same questions. I think Mariag002's in there too. We're hair celebrities! :-D

http://www.curlynikki.com/
http://members.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/about/
My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/


Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
I know this is not answering your question, but I'm curious. What does Hoya mean?

To answer your question, check out curlynikki's blog and my fotki. I'm one of her features there and answer almost the exact same questions. I think Mariag002's in there too. We're hair celebrities! :-D

http://www.curlynikki.com/
http://members.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/about/
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe
thanks. i LIVE on CurlyNikki's blog! She is like my hair idol lol. and Hoya is the nickname of my school: The Georgetown Hoyas.
Kinky Curly Knot Today =
Philippians 1:3

Fotki: http://members.fotki.com/Nigerian-Princess/about/

Current: Natural 3C/4A BSL; Long Term Goal: WL
How long have you been natural/transitioning?

This week will make 1 year and 3 weeks.

If transitioning, what is your process? (short term, long term, trimming as you go, planning to BC, etc.)

I plan to transition for as long as I can, I am a sucker for length so I knew going in that I would do a long transition. I rarely trim my ends, in fact I've switched over to the search and destroy method since I rarely use heat on my hair. So far soo good.

What is your regimen?

During the week I oil my scalp with castor oil/sublimed sulfur/and rosemary oil. Then I moisturize every 3 days with raw shea butter hand mixed with castor oil.
On "wash" day I put seperate my hair in four sections and I mix raw apple cidar vinegar and warm water with a few drops of rosemary oil to pour over my hair scalp.
I let it sit for about two minutes and then I rinse it out. I follow with a deep conditioner, Aubrey Organics Swimmers Normalizing Conditioner, and leave it in my hair with a plastic cap for however long I feel like. It is always no less than an hour, unless I use a heat cap (then its 40 minutes).
Rinse and detangle my hair, either band my hair to stretch the new growth and prevent knots or set my hair in curlformers to blend the textures. When my hair is full dry I moisturize with hand mixed raw shea butter and castor oil and then oil my scalp.

Why did you decide to go natural?

I could not see myself at 60+ going in for touch-ups plus relaxers completely contradicted my vegan healthy lifestyle. It made no sense that I would be so anal about my food, clothes, and etc but then go get a chemical straightner on my hair every 3 months.

What is the hardest part?

TANGLES! During months 5-9 my hair would tangle up really bad! It would take me days to get the knots out and I would lose SO much hair. Luckily my hair is really thick so you can't really tell how much hair I've lost.

What is the easiest part?

The longer my new growth gets the easier it becomes to to deal with the two textures. Once you find your staple products it becomes fun to do your hair again

What products/techniques do you utilize?

I am a VERY simple person. I was never a product junkie and do not plan on becoming one. It took me about a year to find my staple products and now that I have them I don't think I need to try anything else.
My hair arsenal:

Raw apple cidar vinegar
essential rosemary oil
raw shea butter
raw castor oil
aubrey organics swimmers normalizing conditioner (moisture and protein)
sublimed sulfur

What would you say to someone who wants to go natural? (motivations, tips, rules, regrets, praises, etc.)

I have no regrets when it comes to my hair. I am glad I waited until my relaxed hair was semi long so I could do a long transition. The only and most important tip I have is if your hair texture is 3c and up you HAVE to wear your hair in protective styles for the first 10 months. Otherwise your hair will be tangle city after every wash and tangles in 3c+ hair takes FOREVER to comb out.

great protective styles for transitioners:

sew ins
twist extensions
braid extensions
roller sets
curlformer sets
flexi rod sets
Last Relaxer: Nov. 07
BC: May. 2010 (30 months)
Hair Type: thick 4b/4a
Current length: back at APL
Goal length: hip
Staples: natural growth aides

Last edited by Stephanie198907; 12-10-2008 at 06:08 PM.
thanks stephanie!
Kinky Curly Knot Today =
Philippians 1:3

Fotki: http://members.fotki.com/Nigerian-Princess/about/

Current: Natural 3C/4A BSL; Long Term Goal: WL

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