A Transitioner’s Point of View: Kimberly

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Tell us about yourself.
> I’m a pre-25 beauty bloggin’ Brooklynite that has somehow found herself living in Harlem.  That’s about as interesting as it gets!

How long have you been transitioning?
> As of July 5th, I’m 9 months into my transition.

What influenced you to go back to your natural state?TextureColor
> Truth be told– it happened completely by accident.  I always used to “stretch” my relaxers (would typically get one every 4mos or so).  Next thing I knew, I was 5 months in, and the good ol’ Dominican wash & sets were still getting my hair just as straight as a relaxer would.  So I thought to myself, well, if I’ve already come this far, I might as well keep it going!

What has been the most difficult part of your journey thus far?
> I’m probably in the most difficult stage right now, where my roots have grown out significantly, my hair is 12 different colors, and I’m sporting a million different lengths and textures on my head all at once!  Blending the two textures is becoming quite the feat, I can’t seem to combat breakage, and in retrospect, I really only like my new “haircut” when my hair is straightened.  Unfortunately, straight hair + NYC humidity don’t exactly mix.  Also, I try to stay away from the blow dryers and flat irons for as long as possible.

BantuKnotOutWhat have you learned about your hair since transitioning?
> I’ve learned that no matter how hard I try to “train” my hair, it certainly has a mind of its own and is determined to do whatever the hell it wants!  My hair’s got personality, chile.  I’m thinking once I BC, I will probably name her…

Have you ever thought about big chopping?
> YES.  This is why I found myself in front of the mirror with the (hair) scissors this evening!  I love the way my “natural” hair feels and I’m simply annoyed by the processed hair that’s left.  I said I’d give myself a year before I BC, so we’ll see (October makes a year!).

What are some of your favorite products so far and why? (3-5)  What are your favorite hairstyles?
> Honestly, SheaMoisture anything.  The Deep Treatment Masque is the bidness.  Also loving Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioner and SheaMoisture’s Transitioning Milk.  I have a spray bottle concoction filled with water, lavender castor oil, Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, and a few drops of glycerin; that is certainly my favorite product right now.  DIY rocks 🙂

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During my transition, the bantu knot out has certainly been my favorite style.  Whether I do it on wet or dry “stretched” hair, I typically always love the results!  I did a braid out once that I was really feeling as well, but I simply don’t have the patience to do it or to deal with the straight ends all the time.  The bantu knot out of the easiest!

What are your hair goals?
> Health.  I am not attached to length much at all.  I am way more concerned with the health of my hair.  That’s how I’m able to pick up (any available) scissors so easily!

What advice would you give to someone who is transitioning?
> Go for it, but seek patience from deep within if you don’t already have any, lol.  Also, I spend so much time watching hair vids and reading articles because I think it’s important to understand our hair.  That has certainly helped me along in the process!

Twitter & Instagram: KimBonana

More photos of Kim during her transition:

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Until next time,
Ashley, xo.

Do you have any questions for Kimberly about transitioning?  Comment below!

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