Transitioning Tale: MsCurlyCouture's Story
MsCurlyCouture. After having experienced several ups and downs in her hair care journey, she finally decided to go natural, as she felt letting go of the creamy crack the best way to solve some of her hair care woes. Fully equipped with the knowledge she's learned via YouTube and hair care blogs, MsCurlyCouture now shares some of that insight via her own YouTube channel. Now, without further ado, here is MsCurlyCouture's transitioning tale as told to PYCAG:
PYCAG: How long were you relaxed?
MsCurlyCouture: I was relaxed from the age of 7 to 18. I was always told I had "good hair," but one day my mom applied a Just For Me relaxer to my hair and it's been a road of hot mess ever since! I still think about the cassette that came with the relaxer kit and how happy I was because I was going to be one of those cute little girls with long hair on the box. Little did I know...
PYCAG: What inspired you to transition?
MsCurlyCouture: I was inspired to transition after getting another bald spot. I think it was my third and I had had enough! My best friend who was also my roommate in college began watching YouTube videos and decided to go on a natural hair journey. It intrigued me, so I started watching some videos and found some blogs (Dprincess, you were my first motivation after seeing your video!). I just wanted to have healthy hair and achieve length. It was so frustrating never seeing progress but always seeing new growth. I'm glad I left the creamy crack alone after that day.
PYCAG: Why did you opt to slowly transition versus do the BC?
MsCurlyCouture: I opted to slowly transition versus do the BC because I just KNEW I wouldn't look correct with short hair. I have a baby face. I'm 21 yet hear all the time that I look 17, so I didn't want to deal with comments. I was never the type of person who liked short hair so I wanted to make sure I did this journey being as comfortable as possible. I transitioned with weaves and phony ponies. When it was time to take them out, I trimmed off the relaxed ends.
PYCAG: How are you caring for your hair?
MsCurlyCouture: Right now, I mostly wear my hair in twist outs and wash and go's, but I straighten it occasionally. To care for it, I wash my hair twice a week and deep condition on weekends. I want to use more oils but I keep forgetting to do so because of my busy schedule. I know it's something I have to do if I want to see more progress though. When my hair was relaxed, I could go two weeks to a month without washing my hair. I didn't know it was important to wash it properly. I sometimes only used shampoo thinking it was the only thing I needed. I never thought about moisture. I only cared about preserving my hairstyles. That was a horrible way of thinking.
PYCAG: What products are you currently using?
MsCurlyCouture: I'm still trying to find my staple products, but for the most part I use:
- Herbal Essences for curly and wavy hair
- Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
- Organic Root Stimulator's Replenishing Conditioner (my favorite)
- CURLS product line (for styling)
- Ecostyler's olive oil gel (For wash and go's. I love that gel :-))
MsCurlyCouture: My goal is to have healthy, bra-strap length hair. I want my hair to get as long as possible. I want to show others that length retention is possible because even though this is 2012, I'm hearing I won't be able to achieve long hair because I have "nappy hair," or if I do it's because I'm 100% Hispanic so I have "good hair." I want to show people race doesn't matter because I don't even look like mine, but people still like to place judgement.
PYCAG: Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?
MsCurlyCouture: I believe if you want to go natural, just go ahead. Hair grows no matter what the race. I want to thank you, Dprincess28, for taking time out of your life to show us about natural hair and other great stuff. Your blog was the first blog I read and I watched damn near all your videos! I appreciate being on your blog as well :)
Thank you, MsCurlyCouture, for sharing your transitioning tale with Protecting Your Crown & Glory. We wish you much success on your hair care journey!