I'm still going strong, in my 4th month of my transition. I love my little coilys. I can't wait to have all natural hair. I flatironed for the first time a few weeks ago, and my hair got really straight. I didn't use a heat protectant (bad girl I know) but I will next time, when I do my length update at the end of June. I've been kicking around several ideas for my big chop (BC). One part of me wants to get to natural hair ASAP, and also explore having really short hair for the first time in my life. The other part of me is scared that I will look crazy with really short hair (I truly believe that every woman cannot pull off the short hair) and I will just end up covering it with wigs and whatnot.
So here are the ideas I have:
*BC completely on my birthday (7/6) and start my 27th year of life with a new look and a new me.
*Keep all my length and do the BC on my 1 year transition anniversary (11/29) - I'll have more natural length then.
*Do a mini-chop and go from almost BSL to SL on my birthday, and then BC on 11/29.
Right now I keep flip-flopping between those 3 options...I'm not in a rush to make a decision right now though.
I've been really wanting twists, so I started looking around and of course I couldn't find anyone in Orlando who I trusted enough to do them, so I'm going to do them myself. I've been practicing on my hair, and I've gotten the hang of it. So next week I'm going to just sit in my apartment and twist up my hair. I'm not planning to make the sections super small, so hopefully it won't take me longer than a day to get it done. I will post pics when I'm finished. I plan to keep in twists until my birthday, just taking them down and redoing them as needed. If they work out well I may just stay in twists until my decided BC date (whenever that is).
Tonight I'm going to henna using the CurlyNikki method. Last night I got some Karishma Herbal Henna from a local Indian grocer ($2.99 a pack, yay!). Following CurlyNikki's method, I'm going to mix up my henna with green tea and a little oil, apply it to clarified hair tonight, and sleep in it. I'm thinking its gonna be in my hair for about 12 hours before I rinse, DC and style. I'm planning to just blowdry my hair on cool tomorrow. Rollersetting makes my relaxed hair too thin w/ no volume, and airdrying leaves my ends kinda crunchy, so we're gonna try the blowdryer on cool...and yes, I will use a heat protectant this time.