Ask Afrobella – Help Me Transition!

Bellas, I’d like you to meet Katrina Coffee.

She’s one of my favorite co-workers, and she’s a funny, smart, fierce sista who has just decided to go natural. Again.

See, Katrina’s had a long and turbulent hair journey, just as so many of us have. She hasn’t had relaxer in over a decade, but the memories remain.

There were times in the past when I did perm my hair, then decided I wanted to go natural all of a sudden. It hurt my hair bad. It looked horrible. The process made my hair look a hot mess! I’d get frustrated with how horrible my hair looked while in the process of trying to go back natural and would perm it again because it didn’t look how I wanted it to. Chemically straight hair calls for different products then natural curly hair, so when I would decide to go natural after perming my hair it would go crazy and fall out from all the different products I was using to get that natural curl back. My hair would still curl up at the roots but some parts would become really stringy at the ends, and my hair lost its bounce; I assume from perming it. I think I confused my hair and it didn’t know what to do.”

Gee, do any of those issues sound familiar to you? My most vivid memories of those creamy crack days aren’t visual. More than the actual look of my hair, I remember the stinging stink of the chemicals, a smell your eyes could feel. And I remember the slow, creeping burn of the white paste on my tender scalp, and how I’d let it build to the point where I couldn’t take it and tears were stinging the backs of my eyes — just so I could get it “as straight as possible.” So of course, transitioning from treatment as harsh as that takes a long time, and lots of TLC. ‘Tree got sick of that stuff, so she switched it up to braids and briefly, weaves.

It’s been like about six years since my hair was natural (without braids or weave). I started wearing braids/weave because I bleached it then (wanting a funky look) and my hair started falling out! I wasn’t taking care of it. So I had to cut it really, really short. Didn’t like the way I looked with really short hair so I started getting braids to help the growing process. It was only two years ago that i started actually wearing weaves,” she says.

Now that she’s totally natural, she doesn’t want to go back to the tracks. “I’m rocking my hair natural now because I missed it! I just think it fits me more…brings out my natural beauty! Plus I love the natural look. It’s also low maintenance. I feel free! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to getting my hair braided down and tracks put in! YUCK!

Now here’s the thing. In the early stages of transitioning, Katrina’s having some natural-girl hair issues. She actually hit me up with an Ask Afrobella question that I’ve gotten many an anguished e mail about:

Mama, what do you think I should get to moisturize my hair better? I like some frizz but I need something to tone it down just a lil’ bit that will give me more shine in the process. I wanna pick up something for my hair, so let a sista know what I might wanna grab.”

I know I did a Moisturize Your Situation on hair products recently and I still recommend those products, but I’ve made some more discoveries since then. And besides, this Ask Afrobella really gets down to the roots of transitioning from one style to another, so to speak.
Such a change really takes patience and courage.

Every now and then — like last weekend at Target — I’ll meet someone who doesn’t believe that this is my “real” hair, or says something tragic like “oh, I wish I could wear my hair like that. But my hair wouldn’t be that curly if I went natural.” Said it before and I’ll say it again — I had absolutely no idea what my hair would turn out until I actually took the plunge. And neither did Katrina!

It’s weird, feeling your roots get thicker and coarser, and watching your processed do get puffier with new growth. It takes a lot of self esteem to get through those early transitioning days, and it takes the right products to do the job.

Katrina had been tring some of the usual suspects, but they all left her limp. “I’ve used a Marc Anthony mousse that defines curls. It seems to work OK but seems to be more for not so tight curls.” Katrina’s right about that, and about many other curly-hair products cluttering the shelves right now. I’m glad there’s so many options now, but a lot of that stuff seems to be for a looser curl pattern.

I’ve also used the Garnier Soft Curl Cream. You can use it on dry or damp hair. I think for my hair it works better right after I wash it and put it in as it’s air drying that it does its job. After my hair is fully dry and I use it, it seems to just weigh it down a little.”

I personally wasn’t impressed with the Soft Curl Cream, it works much better for my friend Jessica, with the 3b curls. For my thicker locks, I need something more substantial. I advised Katrina to get Garnier Curl & Shine Leave In Conditioning Cream for starters, just as a $3.99 drugstore tide-over until she gets the real Holy Grail Hair Products. I still personally love Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and Lisa’s Hair Elixir, both of which you can get (and sample!) at Sephora.

But my new fave of favorite styling products is Curls Milkshake. Let me tell y’all, Curls is THE BEST.

I had read glowing reviews on Nappturality, and on Motown Girl — whose opinion I hold in the highest esteem. So when the opportunity came for me to sample this stuff, I jumped at the chance.

I fell in love at first use. Because natural hair is so thirsty, it needs thick, rich, nurturing, moisturizing products. Curls Milkshake is made with pure coconut and aloe vera, and it smells good enough to eat. I slather this stuff on my hair when it’s still moist from the shower, and my hair just soaks it in. It leaves my curls shiny, happy, and gorgeous.

And right now — for the Valentine’s Love Your Curls special — they’re offering 10% off for all styling products! (at checkout, enter promo code: Ilovecurls2)!

For $30, Curls is also offering an adorable Pamper Her Curls gift bag, that includes Moist Curls Moisturizer, Curly Q Milkshake, and Radiant Ringlets. Yo quiero!

Taking care of natural hair also means cutting back on harsh shampoos. Katrina was having some issues there, as well.

I only wash my hair once a week. I try not to wash it too much. When I rocked my natural hair before and I washed it more than once a week it got really limpy and dry. Maybe because I was using the wrong products. I dunno,” she groans. I wash my hair sometimes twice a week, if it feels too dirty or clumpy. When I start to get major knottage, I know it’s time for a wash. It’s not just how often you wash, it’s also what you use to wash it.

I just got myself some Creme of Nature Moisturizing Shampoo on the advice of regular commenter Coffy. It was on sale at Target and cost less than $3.00. I’ve only used it once, but I love this stuff so far!

Currently, I’ve been using the Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream. Don’t get it twisted, it’s a cleansing cream, NOT shampoo! This stuff doesn’t lather up like you’re used to, but it does leave your hair feeling more pure, healthier, and clean without being stripped of all its natural oils. I adore it, and highly recommend it.

Since she’s a more recently converted afrobella than I am, I asked Katrina to give advice to all of the newly transitioning bellas out there, or for those who want to go natural but haven’t yet taken the plunge.

Let the record show that she recommends the Big Chop.

I do suggest cutting the hair when in the process of going natural. It eliminates most of the processed hair if you have permed hair. Maybe not the “old Halle Berry short” but maybe a bob short. I also suggest that if you do decide cutting your hair to grow into that curly spiral natural look and you want to speed up the growth process, get braids. Or if you’re into wearing weaves that will help also. If you hair is not processed don’t chop it! I suggest from that experience if anyone wants to go natural and has permed hair not to get frustrated with the process. Let the perm grow out and the natural come through. It’s worth it in the long run,” she says.

Often, women will start out rocking the natural, then throw in the towel due to external pressures, or just plain not knowing what to do with it. I blame that on years of brainwashing. We’ve all been told that our hair needs to “look a certain way,” and that just isn’t true. Because that “certain way” is a very Eurocentric, “straight by any means necessary” look. If we were all meant to look the same, we’d be carbon copies of each other and the world would be a much less interesting and beautiful place.
Now that ‘Tree is figuring out her curl pattern and hair needs, she’s ready to celebrate her curls. “The journey of transitioning is a scary one because your hair will go through some hard times. There are all different types of natural hairstyles and to get your hair to look how you want it to look will definitely take some time and patience. As long as you take care of it and feed it what it needs, the outcome is a wonderful one! I’m happy to be nappy, especially now that my hair has grown out full and thick and is free from chemicals. I love my hair…it’s BEAUTIFUL! I get compliments on it on a daily! Not to sound corny but it’s who I am and I don’t need to add anything to be just that…ME!”

Hooray for Katrina!

Got an Ask Afrobella question? Post a comment, or shoot me an e mail at bella@afrobella.com. Sometimes I take a while, but I will get you an answer eventually!

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Comments

  1. Aww she’s pretty!

    I used the Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream until it ran out, but I am definitely feeling the DevaCurl LowPoo alot more. And the fact that I can get it locally is a big plus for me. I have also tried JessiCurl Hair Cleansing Cream which was alright. I tried JessiCurl early in my natural stage (it will be a year on the 18th!) so maybe is not as good as I remember.

    I still have the Curls Milkshake and I still use it occasionally. I found it is better if I emulsify it in my hands and apply just a little after I use my aloe vera gel. Any other time, it puts this coating on my hair that seems to repel anything else that touches it (like a varnish). That I don’t like!

  2. For moisture, I would suggest the African Royale Daily Doctor. It’s a liquid, I like to put some in a spray bottle and spritz it on. My hair just drinks it in, it doesn’t flake, it doesn’t leave a weird coating, and it works very well with styling products.

    When I am battling dryness, I wash with my cleanser, coat my hair with a deep conditioner (Like Lustrasilk Cholesterol Creme Conditioner with Aloe Vera) and comb it in (I also sometimes brush it in with my Denman D4 brush) and leave it on my hair overnight. In the morning, I rinse it out and do a conditioner wash with Suave Tropical Coconut.
    So that’s my 25 cents. Sorry for so many posts! I am passionate about moisture I guess. :)

  3. alwayzalady22 says:

    i think a fabulous website for ALL black hair- natural, relaxed, transitioning, whatever!- is longhaircareforums.com! let me tell you, i’ve been natural since i was 12 (i turned 21 yesterday) and it wasn’t until i stumbled upon this site and started following some of the advice on there that my hair started to really thrive! i definitely recommend the site to everyone, especially since you can look at most of information on there for free, or pay a $5 yearly subscription for total access! they have lots of product reviews from real people with all hair types from 1A-4Z (i know, i made that up!), and pics for the visual people out there…check it out!

  4. kinkygirl says:

    I’m definately gonna try going natural.I am sooo glad afrobella put this up! Thanks sooo much.
    But if i go natural and my hair is really kinky like 4z, what do i do with it and how do i make the curls more defined? does any1 have any suggestions?

  5. I loved this post. I was natural until senior year of high school and then I decided to go natural once again while I was in college. It will be three years in May since my last relaxer and 2 years of being completely natural. I love my hair now that I know how to do it and don’t have to rely on my family.

    I’ll have to check out those Curls Products. I just recently bought some Carol’s Daughter products.

    Do you have a fotki album for your hair? Check mine out: http://www.public.fotki.com/UMBlessedBeauty1

  6. I must admit that it took me two tries to actually commit to natural hair. When I graduated from college I’d been natural for 3 years, but somehow I just didn’t find the time to make it work in “real” life so back to the perm I went. That lasted about a year or so, and since then I’ve never looked back.

  7. cassandra says:

    Love the CURL Ecstasy – Asian Hair Tea Conditioner, and am off to buy more now!

    Trader Joe’s makes a fantastic moisturizing shampoo and conditioner line called Nourish which is pretty cheap — less than $5 for 16 oz each. And this is very CG friendly.

    Elucence also makes a conditioner called Moisture Balancing that is fantastically moisturizing.

    Has anyone ever used Qhemet Biologics products? The Olive Cream Detangler is the best detangler I’ve ever used and the Honey Brush Hair Tea is a beautiful gel (smells great) that keeps your hair very soft.

  8. Ok, ok. I too am looking at the natural again. I did what this young lady did, the going natural and then back to the perm but I just could not keep my combo hair moisturized enough. Now that there are better products on the market that can help me keep it healthy and beautiful, I am going to but them, get my hair cut down and get it started. Thanks for this post. I needed it.

  9. Afromoose says:

    FYI- Creme of Nature Shampoos contain balsam, which causes buildup.

  10. Creme of nature is so good for my hair, it can build up so i like to treat myself to a apple cider vinegar rinse every third shampoo. i haven’t found any other shampoo that gives that oooh so good feeling. @ alwayzalady22, longhaircareforum is so on.

  11. I agree that the cream of nature shampoo works great on natural hair. It worked very well on my hair which is very thick and prone to knots during shampooing, just remember to clarify your hair every once in a while and you won’t be disappointed . I also like The Jane Carter Solution moisture nourishing shampoo. I also recommend separating your hair for washes, sometimes no matter how good a shampoo is the knots may be unavoidable. To Cassandra (and anyone else) I recommend the Qhemet Biologics products. For anyone one who has scalp problems I recommend their herbs and sulfur scalp pomade and their Tea Tree and Grape Seed scalp pomade (just be aware that the later smells a lot like pine which is the only complain I have) the winter wrecks havoc on my scalp and these products have given my scalp a big relief from the cold. For moisture and a little shine their Sid Tree butter balm is also pretty good. For conditioners I recommend anything from suave, and most Aveda conditioners, Cantu Shea butter leave in conditioner is also very good. For those out their how don’t like cones this one has some.

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  13. LBellatrix says:

    To kinkygirl: Check out nappturality.com. There are lots of women with so-called “4Z” hair who are loving being natural (napptural).

    If you go natural and you find you have a tighter coil pattern, THAT’S OKAY. Just wanted to say that. It bothers me that black women are still so scared of their natural hair that they think they absolutely have to have a looser curl (like Katrina’s or Afrobella’s, no offense) before considering going natural. We really have to let go of the idea that some hair textures are “better” than others. ALL hair is good hair if it’s healthy!

    I went natural knowing my hair wouldn’t be one of the “okay to wear natural” textures, and I didn’t give a damn what others thought about it. I reject the notion that everybody else gets to wear their hair natural but I can’t because mine doesn’t have a clearly defined curl pattern. Eff that! My hair’s just as “good” as anybody else’s.

  14. Hi Afrobella,
    I’ve been reading you bloggs for sometime now and havent’ commented. I just really wanted to read, but now I feel I should comment. I really like you site and I get joy out of reading your posts. I too am going natural and I must say it is one of the most exciting things I have ever done in my life. I have a hair journal on fotki. You can look at it if you have time. I don’t want another relaxer ever, but sometimes I feel the urge. Then I think about what is actually in a relaxer and I snap back into reality. I had some other stuff to say, but I forget what so I’ll just stop now because this comment is getting way to long. Thanks for the blogg and encouraging women to go natural because it truly is the best way to go!

  15. kinkygirl says:

    Thanks LBellatrix, will chek that sight out

  16. coiltastic says:

    I am in total agreeance with Lbellatrix. Nappturality is the best spot for going natural, runner up being motowngirl. I started my nappy journey there and went back about a year ago. IN my time away (at one other site in particular), my hair was not in it’s best condition (not soft, easy to break, etc). I just feel like you can get the best advice, without a shunning undertone for certain hair types and much less product hype. I am not trying to down longhaircareforum, but nappturality hands down is the best spot for learning about naturally nappy hair.

    I will agree with katrina though on big chopping. I do feel like it is the best route, within at least a year of transitioning, to take. I don’t think it is fruitful at all to battle with relaxed and natural hair just for length or until you get your nerve up. I think it’s better to be natural now than later. Chop already!! As far as weaves for transitioning, kinky weaves I would suggest over anything straight. It will help you get used to reactions of people with kinky hair, give you an idea of how you will look (if your texture is tightly curled and if the weave is too) and give you something not to have to work with before you chop.

  17. I love Afrobella! This site is great. I’m 27 and have been natural for 10 years now. I can also recommend Curls products. Their coconut sublime conditioner is a really good product and I also like the curl milkshake. For all the lovely bellas out there going natural, don’t get it twisted – there is a lot of maintenance involved, particularly to keep our tresses (whatever texture) glossy and moisturized. I live in London so thanks so much for mentioning the Anita Grant products – I’m about to try them! Very jealous of all of you using Carol’s Daughter – I can’t get them! All the stateside bellas, I also give props to Oyin, a Baltimore-based company with some fab hand-mixed products. Their hair serum is nice.

  18. Your site is just lovely. I’ve been going natural (with locs) for almost four years now and I love it. I just love how you celebrate natural beauty!

  19. I went natural about 2years ago. I must say it is the best thing ever. I’ve done it all. I love seeing my sisters rocking their locks, afros and just being gorgeous the way that only we can do. My next move is to dread.

  20. I cosign with LBellatrix — if you go natural and your curl pattern is “4z” as you say, you love it! You find products and styling methods that nurture it, and then you find a style that works for you. Work it with funky hair accessories or rock some fierce twists to switch it up. All natural hair is beautiful.

    And so definitely, Nappturality.com is the bomb. I’m not a regular poster there, but I have gotten so much information from that site, it’s ridiculous. They provide an amazing resource.

    Thanks for the love, bellas!

  21. this site is really awesome!
    this topic brings back the convo is was having with my husband last night. besides my childhood, i’ve worn my hair natural twice. I had dreads for 3yrs prior college and during college for 2yrs. each time i went natural was not for any other reason but the fact that i’m definately not a hair person. so going natural each time meant going bald (no maintenance),and then the easy maintenance(wet-n-go) during the growth period. trouble came when i had a full head of hair.
    i noticed i had to upkeep my hair more when natural.i know it sounds strange but getting a perm every 5months and an every so often wash-blowdry wasn’t that bad. but the big deal was i wasn’t the one doing it! that may be the other reason why my hair is more healthy when permed. another strange coincidence! and yes, i even calculated the cost and being permed is also cheaper. :s
    i MUST admit i miss washing my hair daily. and that is the only reason im contemplating going back natural. but the stresses of countless moisturizers and special shampoos are leaving me worried.any advice for going the very low maintenance natural route??
    sorry for the long read ..

  22. Oh Afrobella, I loooooooooove your site can’t say it enough. But I live all the way out in Scotland, UK…And there are hardly any afro hair products around here. I wear my hair natural, and would like to try some of the products you suggest but try as I might I just can’t get hold of them even in London, I’ve seen how healthy your hair looks and Motown Girl’s too, my hair although natural for almost two years now is quite thin and unhealthy. I use L’oreal Elvive Anti-frizz products because they leave my hair manageable. Have you any suggestions? I would love tight curls that feel soft and healthy. Please Help. Much love, keep up the good work :)

  23. Sorry to hear that aren’t many products available for you in Scotland, Tally. If you don’t mind paying shipping, lots of companies will ship to you, I’m sure. Foundationz based in Brixton (London) stocks the Curls prodcuts I mentioned in my earlier post and Anita Grant seems to be UK-based, too. If you don’t mind mixing your own, your local supermarket can be a start (olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar…) There’s also a Dutch company called Mariposa import that I’ve used before to buy natural hair products – great selection, but a bit pricey! The internet can bring most things to our doors (but like you, I am envious of the bigger and better range Stateside!)

  24. Much like ‘che, I’m not really a “hair” person. Never have been able to do my hair myself – and have it look nice. Perm, transitioning, natural – I just don’t do hair.

    So, I took the “easy” way out. I started wearing cornrow braids. I had my last perm in April ’05. I’d go get it braided, wear the braids for about 5 weeks, take it down, cut off a little of the permed ends, wear my “braided out” ‘fro for a day or two, and go get it washed and braided again. I did this until I had a healthy head full of natural hair with some length to it (I pressed it for a job interview, it was shoulder length when straight). I just went and got my dreads started at a shop. Of course, they haven’t locked up yet, but once they do, I’ll be able to handle them on my own. I’ll probably go to the shop every few months for a professional wash and new-growth twisting, but that’s it.

    You ladies are such an inspiration – keep doing what you do!

  25. I agree with LBellatrix, Mowtown girl, Afrobella and Katrina have the “loose curls” that look awesome but might not be what you end up with when you transition. I’ve been natural for 8 years and that’s what I wanted my hair to look like at first.

    But that’s not what I got, my hair doesn’t do that. It has a much tighter curl pattern and unless I two strand twist it while it dries all six inches shrink up into a two inch afro.

    I had to learn to deal with my hair. When I started there were no internet sites, my hair bible was the book “GOOD HAIR: For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Weaves When the. Chemicals Became Too Ruff” by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner. This book changed my life. I found it in the library and then bought it a week later. Get it from Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Good-Hair-Colored-Considered-Chemicals/dp/0517881519

  26. I use the Qhemet Biologics products and Curl Junkie products, they are great for my hair. I have used the Curls stuff as well, the Asian condish is excellent for deep condish. I have order stuff from Naani naturals they have great stuff as well.

  27. I was all about the perms until i got pregnant with my daughter. I spent the next three years pregnant, giving birth or nursing (I have a son 11 months younger than my daughter) and i was natural the whole time. I had SOOOO much hair. It was healthy and curly and THICK!! Then after my son was born my hair started to fall out, which i was told happens after a baby sometimes, AND I started working for a bank. Between being frustrated with losing some of my length and the pressure of “fitting in” at the bank i permed my hair. Boy do i regret it.

    I’m in the process of growing that mess out now. I decided not to start with the TWA but I’ve cut off a few of my most damaged permed inches and am SO happy now that i can see and feel my thicker healhier roots coming in. I’m so anxious to get back to my natural hair and all the wonderful things i can do with it.

    I’m doubly motivated because i want to provide a more positive example to my daughter of how beautiful our natural hair is. She’s into dolls now and i want to make sure she doesn’t fall victim to the narrow stereotype of beauty. She came to me with a towel on her head the other day pretending it was hair. I remembered doing the same thing as a girl and how insecure i felt about myself because of my hair. I will NOT let that happen to my baby girl!

    I can’t grow my hair out fast enough! I will NEVER go back to perming/relaxing again. It is painfully obvious to me now how unhealthy that is for my hair. When i comb or brush my permed hair I can see my poor overprocessed ends breaking away from my strong determined natural hair. I’m pretty sure i’ll end up tired of waiting and will just go ahead and chop the rest of this rag tag relaxed hair off and wear braids or my little afro but i am so glad to have found this site and all the insight and support that you ladies provide.

    I’ll send pictures when i have my crowning glory back. THANK YOU FELLOW BELLAS!!

  28. I have been natural for 6 years now ,and my hair is not even shoulder length ,because I would go to salons that do relaxers , and my hair would always end up staighter than before I went there so I would chop it off. now after copping off all of my hair 4 times ,I have finally learned to stay out of salons ,and do my own hair. my hair use to knot up so bad on the ends , but now that I take care of it myself it is so healthy. I condition it everytime I shampoo , and it does’nt knot up anymore.

  29. afrobellaaaaaaaa! you better leave me alone! between you and my african-american lit class, ya’ll got me considering how i can figure out my “natural curl pattern.” i would love to, but i am just terrified that i’ll look a hot mess.

  30. Suburbanbushbabe says:

    “and watching your processed do get puffier with new growth. It takes a lot of self esteem to get through those early transitioning days, and it takes the right products to do the job.”

    That’s seems to be the tipping point that drives women either to a touch-up or a big chop. Having only transitioned from a 3c texturizer to my natural 4a, and having to become used to that, I can imagine how touch it is for women with the straight look dealing with the puffy roots. But once you get all puffy, you’ll never go back. I love my 4a hair and the products that help my sproingy curls and s-waves: CurlyQ Milkshake, Robert Craig Conditioner, Trader Joes Nourish conditoner (mix it with honey and oil, yumm!), Blended Cutie Soft Curls & Swirls, Devacurl Set it Free, and Jessicurl Confident Coils. As you can see I am a product agnostic.

  31. OMG. Her hair is friggin’ GORGEOUS!!! I can’t wait ’til my hair grows enough for me to rock ‘FRO!!!

  32. TRY TO TRANSITIONED says:

    I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH HAIR LOSS FOR 6 YEARS IT IS IN ONE AREA. I FINALLY WENT TO THE DOCTOR AND I WAS TOLD TO STOP GETTING PERMS I AM NOW TRY THIS PROCESS BUT AT THE SAME TIME GETTING MY HAIR STRAINGHTION WITH CERAMIC IRON

    WISH ME GOOD LUCK

    HOPING I CAN GEY MY LONG HAIR BACK

  33. Afrochick says:

    Please help…I am in the transition of going natural. I have not permed my fair for almost 4 months now. I so not want to do the big chopping but want to grow it out. I want to use texturizer in the process. So what do you advise…can I texterize while I am going it out with the ends still relaxed? should I be worried about breakage? I read some of the comments posted but my head is in a blur…so much info from all over so I do not know where to start. Also, which product or line would be best, Creme of Nature, Motion, Pantene, Curls…and so on? Again, please help!

  34. Hey…
    I finally am getting “free” and going natural after 20 years of having a perm (I’m 25!). One of my plans while growing the hair out is to get it pressed. Is this a good idea? Doing a ceramic press with a flat iron?

    Thanks!

    BTW, your site is the best and “realest” I’ve come across so far.

  35. Can you use the curls products even if you just started transition… my hair is curly kinky at the top but i still have a lot of perm left over in my hair. I just started my transition 2 weeks ago or should i wait until im all natural?

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  37. I did the big chop on September 3,2010, and it was the best, liberating thing I’ve ever done. After 18 years of relaxing with creamy crack, suffering from scalp burns just to get my hair bone straight, I had enough!! I’ve always loved curly hair, but never had the courage to cut my hair. Fortunately, I have a supportive hairdresser who encouraged me to cut it all off. When she was finished cutting my hair, it was shocking at first, but you know what? No more wasting $75 every 6 weeks, flat ironing, and sitting under the dryer for an hour. I absolutely love my curly hair, and I am not ashamed of my thick, coarse type 7 hair (According to the Mizani curly hair website, I am a type 7 which is kinky curly). For all the beautiful black women out there who are hesitant about the big chop, do it!! You won’t be sorry, and you will feel so much better! I know I do. Oh, and I only transitioned for 2 months, and I already had almost 2 inches of new growth.

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  1. [...] It leaves my tresses more moisturized and perfectly defined than any other product. After I reviewed a batch of Curls products, I became hooked. Now I’m dying to try the rest of the line. Many of their products sound like dreamy desserts – Coconut Sublime Moisture Max, Whipped Cream, Curl Souffle, yum! My love for the Milkshake drove me to learn more about the brilliant woman behind this amazing stuff. Bellas, meet Mahisha Dellinger, the super-clever afrobella who founded Curls. [...]

  2. [...] 1. Take the time to get to know your hair. We’ve all got issues — I have some schizophrenic curls towards the front that are just crazy and own-way. Dry scalp is a recurring problem for me, and if I’m not using enough product (or the right kind of product), my hair winds up looking, as my Cali friend Lauren might say, “hella frizzy.” You mentioned that your hair is extremely thick, and it gets very dry, brittle, and matted. no matter how much hair moisturizer you use. Lola, I suspect you’re using products that aren’t ideal for your hair texture. When you discover products that work with your texture, a whole new world will open up to you. Before you start saving your shillings for small sizes of Garnier Fructis Curl and Shine, Curls Milkshake, Miss Jessie’s, and Kinky Curly Curling Custard, try experimenting with at-home hair recipes! I just spotted a jar of organic coconut oil at my grocery store, and I definitely plan to get some and whip up some at-home hair remedies. Since you live in England, you should most definitely hit up Anita Grant. She’s a natural hair superwoman with a line of fantastic products, and she’s just so sweet and friendly. Definitely look into her products, and e mail her if you’ve got specific hair questions. And your mom is right on one thing — don’t think about highlights until your hair is healthy and strong, and you’ve found the right products. Hair color really can be damaging. I speak from experience. 2. Once you’ve figured out what hair products work for you, then consider the ocean of hairstyles that stretches before you! If you’re bored with braids and cornrows, try playing with different styles over the weekend. Afro puffs (two little ponytails) can be adorable. So are two or three-strand twists, and then when you do a twist-out, your hair falls into fantastic spirals. I’m a big fan of the wash and go fro, that’s pretty much how I wear my hair every day. I’m also loving a little asymmetry — take a look at the photo of my amiga Katrina up there. Some of you might remember, I wrote about her a while back when we talked transitioning. Now she’s working the fro like there’s no tomorrow! She wore her hair like this for her birthday last month, and achieved the look with bobby pins. I love her “to the left, to the left” style, and the confidence she’s got in this photo. Now THAT is how you own your fro! Thanks for letting me share your fly foxiness, Tree! [...]

  3. [...] It’s not a decision I think anyone should make on a whim — especially if you’re the kind of bella who makes a point of switching up her style often and gets bored with her hair easily, you might not be ready to commit to having natural hair. And it is a commitment. From the big chop onwards, it’s a whole new journey that will lead you to love your hair in an entirely different way. I’ve written about transitioning before, and I get more Ask Afrobella questions about that than anything else. So without further ado, here’s my top five tips for a successful transition. [...]

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