Living No Lye | Lianne (Chronicurls)
What are your reasons for going natural?
3 years ago when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was unsure of the adverse effects of getting relaxers so I decided to lengthen the amount of time between relaxing. Then, when I found out I was having a girl, I decided to lay the creamy crack aside completely. I wanted my daughter to grow up loving and accepting her hair (and herself) as is. Although, I should add I had no idea what "going natural" meant at the time. I just knew I wanted curly hair!! :)
How did you transition (or did you BC)?
I transitioned for 1 year doing mini chops along the way. Since I didn't have a lot of free time, I didn't experiment much with curly styles. I continued to wear my hair straight for the first 6 months or so and then I wore my hair in a bun almost daily thereafter. If I could do my transition again, I definitely would have attempted more curly styles (e.g. perm rods, flexi rods, twist and curl).
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
When I let go of those last few inches of relaxed hair, I was really insecure about my appearance. Not necessarily because my hair was short, but because I had no clue what to do with it. I seriously thought I could drench my hair in water, throw in some conditioner, and have a Beyonce' moment #iwokeuplikethis. I was wrong. My hair was not the same as what I saw on TV and magazines. So for that reason I hid for almost the first 9 months after going fully natural. I never received any negative feedback from family or friends, but I just really needed some time to accept myself and my hair for what it was.
What's your go-to style?
My go-to style is the 2 strand twist out. With a lot of practice, I've gotten faster at twisting my hair and the results I get are consistent. I also prefer twist outs because my hair stays stretched throughout the week which makes detangling on wash day much easier.
What’s your favorite product and why?
My favorite products are ones that have multiple uses, and for me, the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Treatment Masque is my all-in-one. It's a great deep conditioner, pre-poo, and styling product on wet or dry hair. It always leaves my hair soft and moisturized.
What piece of advice would you share with someone who is just starting out?
Don't be afraid to experiment! I thought because I was natural that achieving the "perfect" wash and go (or the perfect anything) was mandatory. I didn't want to experiment because I was stuck on this one style that just wasn't working for me. So be open to trying new things and when you find something you like, stick with it. And above all else, do what makes you comfortable. It's your journey, make it your own!