Transitioning Tale: Glamourstruckk's Story
PYCAG: How long were you relaxed?
Glamourstruckk: I received my first relaxer at the age of 12 and began transitioning at 20, so I was relaxed for 8 years.
PYCAG: What inspired you to transition?
Glamourstruckk: I always wanted the versatility that comes with natural hair. You can be kinky curly one day and straight the next. I also realized there wasn't much difference between my flat ironed relaxed hair and my pressed natural hair. I was going through a harsh chemical process for no reason at all!
PYCAG: Why did you opt to slowly transition versus do the BC?
Glamourstruckk: I opted to slowly transition so that I could get a bit of length before going completely natural. I have never had really short hair other than a bob in my sophomore year of high school and another bob in my sophomore year of college.
PYCAG: How are you caring for your hair and how do you plan to care for it once it's natural?
Glamourstruckk: I wash and deep condition my hair once a week, then apply leave-in and oil and allow it to set in a style. I usually wear braidouts and bantu knot outs, but I have experimented with wigs and a set of yarn braids. My regimen hasn't changed much from my relaxed days except that there is more of a focus on detangling, which I do twice--before I shampoo then again when I rinse my DC. I moisturize daily with the same leave-in and oil. Sometimes I co-wash mid-week. I am going to go where the wind blows me as far as caring for my hair once it is 100% natural.
PYCAG: What products are you currently using?
Glamourstruckk: I currently use:
- Aloe vera gel/grapeseed oil detangling jelly
- Giovanni Deep Moisture Shampoo
- ORS Replenishing Pak
- Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1
- Grapeseed Oil
PYCAG: What are your hair care goals?
Glamourstruckk: I originally had goals of getting back to APL, then growing to BSL, but after transitioning so long I am probably going to just enjoy my hair as is for a while and set some goals later.
Thank you, Glamourstruckk, for sharing your transitioning tale with PYCAG. We wish you continued success on your hair care journey!