Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Transitioning Emotions


Transitioning is the process of growing out chemical processes in your hair, for example chemical relaxers. This can be a long and tedious process if you decide that you don't want to do a BC or Big Chop. A BC is basically a way to say your cutting off the chemically treated part of your hair leaving the natural new growth behind.


Many people plunge into transitioning after years of being frustrated with perms, breakage, and scalp issues and aren't really aware of the major change that transitioning will bring into your life. Your hair will be going from it's straight state to the kinky-curly pattern you were born with. This seems easy enough but you are also transitioning your mind along with your hair. For me, transitioning is also about preparing my mind to accept my hair in it's natural state. That may seem irrational to say but I've been getting perms for as long as I remember so wearing my hair silky straight is the only way I know.


I've heard so many stories from other women that have went natural about the stares and comments they have encountered about their natural hair. That's not going to stop me because I don't care what people think about my hair, as long as I love it-- that's all that should matter. However, we don't live in a society where "different" is accepted openly without judgment.


So, please note that transitioning is not only changing your hair but changing your state of mind. When you cut your hair you will undoubtedly experience a wave of emotions ranging from excitement, liberation, freedom, disappointment, shame, regret...anything can happen. I'm not saying it will but you will experience something you've never felt before so enjoy your journey to natural hair. B&L is here if you want to share your experience!
BTW: The picture is my hair in October 2008 right after my relaxer. I can't wait to post my results of my transition. I'm now at 33 weeks post and I have tons of new growth!!


7 comments:

Babydoll said...

Good Luck with your transition! :)

Charmaine said...

Thank you!

Juicy Carter said...

good luck, I wish I was that brave. love the site, please come by and check out/follow mine at
juicycarter.blogspot.com

Charmaine said...

Thanks for the luck! I'll check it out!

Tammi said...

Can't wait to c ur updated pics

LaQT said...

This is me all the way, trying to prepare myself and taking baby stes through texlaxing.

Charmaine said...

@LaQT...take your time! I tried to rush into transitioning only to return to relaxers then I went back to transitioning.

LOL, I'd be done with my year had I not relaxed. :O)