My name is Rebecca, 24 year old Leo (ayyyy) born in AL but raised in NY. I quit my jobs at an OBGYN’s office and Target to go back to school, and now my only hobby right now is being a pregnant first year law student who is trying to get good grades and not eat everything in sight!
2. What initially made you decide to make your hair transition?
Back in 2013, my hair was doing that thing where it would not grow past the middle of my neck, and then it started breaking. I just decided I was over it.
3. How long have you been transitioning?
I did not spend a lot transitioning my hair AT ALL. Senior year of undergrad, I had my roommate cut off my permed ends. I wore different protective styles until I was comfortable with my hair length.
4. Describe your wash day routine.
I switch back and forth between shampooing and co-washing. On my co-wash days, I use As I Am Coconut Co-Wash; it is AMAZING for my hair. I use Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo on my shampoo days. Prior to shampooing, I mix honey, Garnier Fructis color-fortifying conditioner, and either avocado or coconut oil and keep that pre-poo in under a plastic cap the night before. After co-washing or shampooing, I usually section my hair off with butterfly clips and put castor oil on my scalp and leave-in on my ends. After detangling, I let it air dry and then twist or braid it for style.
5. What’s a product you can’t live without and why?
I am obsessed with Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave-in Conditioner. It smells yummy, but I feel it actually leaves my hair moisturized well after wash day. Their Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste comes through for my edges. I love use the Blissful Lengths Hair Growth Oil on my scalp and Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie when I do twist outs or braid outs. No matter what look I’m sporting, Dark n Lovely’s Sheen Sealing Nectar gives me the shine I need.
6. What’s your go-to hairstyle?
I cut off all my hair for a high top fade in April 2016 once I knew where I was going for law school, but prior to that my staple was a high puff to showcase whatever color I changed my hair to. Now that my hair is finally getting some hang time, I switch between protective styles, braid outs and mini puffs.
7. What advice would you offer to other transitioners in need through your experience?
8. What have you learned from your hair transition?
I’ve learned that I may not be walking around with a huge mane of afro gloriousness like some of my other sisters, but as long as I take care of my crown it will be just as poppin.
YASSSSS! Not only is Rebecca a supermom-to-be, she also happens to be one of my best friends! GO BEST FRIEND, THAT’S MY BEST FRIEND! Thank you for telling your story Pookabean. To submit your own Transition Testimony, visit the “Submit Your Transition Testimony” page for instructions on how to be featured.
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