My name is Miranda Jaleisa and this is my transition story!

Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I transitioned for a total of a year and 2 months before I went ahead and big chopped. I have had long hair for as long as I could remember so the idea of me having short hair was not even possible. I have always been someone who was so concerned about length and just recently came to realize that length means nothing if your hair is unhealthy, so I just went for it!

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When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I was absolutely in love! The night before I big chopped I was moisturizing my hair and the difference between my natural hair and my texlaxed hair was huge! So I cut off a piece and I was instantly in love! That night, I searched for a ton of big chop videos on youtube and I just kept getting more excited with each video that I watched. The next day I just cut it! My hair felt so soft and healthy. De-tangling was a breeze so it didn’t even matter to me how much hair I cut off at that point!


How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
My family and friends could not believe that I did it. Everyone in my circle is pretty much obsessed with length like I was, so they couldn’t really comprehend why I would do such a thing. I was also always known for having long hair so this was definitely a change for everyone!

What was your transition routine?
My transitioning routine was simple. Every night I would lightly spritz my hair with water and conditioner then seal with either coconut oil or shea butter. I would wash my hair every 2 weeks with the Tresemme naturals line then deep condition with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque (absolute favorite). Then every six weeks, as instructed, I would use the Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment.


What was your staple hair style during the transition?
I absolutely love wigs, box braids and buns! So I was in protective style mode throughout my whole transitioning process. My favorite hairstyle definitely had to be the wigs. It kept my from manipulating my hair at all times and was so easy for me to take off the wig and moisturize my hair underneath.

How did you moisturize your hair to prevent breakage at the new growth line?
I always moisturized my hair in sections; it kept me from getting rough with my hair and made detangling either.  I also stopped using a comb; I can’t even remember how long it has been since I used one. So finger detangling with a ton of conditioner has been the key to preventing breakage at that line of demarcation.


Why did you choose to go natural?
I love natural hair, and I love curls. I’m a curl fanatic. I follow all these hair blogs and Instagram pages and these girls have amazing, healthy curls, no matter the texture. I chose to go natural because I saw my texlaxed curl pattern and knew there was absolutely no way that my hair was supposed to look like this. Some sections had curls while other sections just had a wave to it. I had one section at the crown of my head, (my mother and I use to call it my “problem area”) which completely lost curl pattern and was just a flat zigzag pattern clearly from over processing. No matter how much I deep conditioned, my hair always felt dry. My hair was always frizzy, not that natural frizz type, but the damaged hair type. What was most frustrating was that no matter how much I trimmed my hair and how gentle I was with my hair, the breakage never ended. That’s what really pushed my over the edge to decide to go natural.

Where can folks find you on the internet?
Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat/youtube: mirandajaleisa
Hola Chicas!

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So yeah, the crotchet braids didn't work out. I had an allergic reaction to the coating on the synthetic hair, which really irritated my scalp. Sadly, I had to uninstall the twists. According to a post I read on #CurlyNikki (The Reason Braid Extensions Make You Itch, Google it🔍), a majority of synthetic hair is coated with alkaline lye to make the hair heat resistant, more sanitary and assist in preventing mold and other growths. Some people are allergic to this coating while others are not. Apparently the hair should be soaked in ACV water before installing them to remove the chemical coating. I will definitely do this next time. Sidenote: at least I got to make a #highbun with this #blowouthair. @vintage_curl

just rocking a #twistout @simplyterri925


Kinky Hair don't care 💁🏾👑 Protective styles helped my hair grow so much in love with my fro! @thefabmrslife


❤️❤️❤️ Love these curls & this protective style! Wrote a post with all the dets check it out link in bio Greenevdc.com @vecoya

Tell me about yourself!
My name is Dayna. I am a wife and mother. I work full time at the corporate office for a large sporting apparel brand. Outside from my full time job, I blog abut fashion and natural hair on my blog CHICNaturalistas. I am originally from Cleveland Ohio, but I currently reside in Baltimore, Maryland. My hair texture is thick, kinky and coily. I have tight curls and kinks. My motto: Keep it simple yet significant

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What was your journey like?
I have been natural for almost 3 years now. This year, I cut my hair to its shortest length and I fell in love with my hair all over again. I found the style that fits me best. I am so happy with my hair and journey so far. I call my style effortless, fierce, and chic. I love minimal pieces but with an added pow! I also love to mix in a little tailored fashion for a little tomboy chic. The verse that inspires me the most is Psalms 46:5, God is within her, she will not fail.


CHICNaturalistas was created by my best friend Brittany and myself. We both started our natural hair journey together and we both have always had a great sense of style. We decided that we wanted to share our natural hair journey, our style, as well as the style and journey of other naturals in hope to uplift and inspire other women.

Who is your curl crush?
My fashion and hair icons are Solange and Lupita because they both embrace their natural hair in so much style and grace! I loved how Solange went about her natural hair journey. She did it at a time when natural was not the 'popular' thing to do; despite such criticism and judgment, she embraced it so gracefully. Lupita is just simply stunning with her hair. I love how she switches up her short cut. Both ladies definitely have iconic hair and style that I admire.


What's your current hair routine? What are your favorite products?
My favorite products right now are CURLS Twist and Shout Cream. This product gives my twist outs great hold, without the crunch or any flaking! TGIN Honey Miracle Masque is amazing. It is a great deep conditioner, my hair always feels so soft after using it. The Creme of Nature Argan Oil line leave in conditioner! This product is great at refreshing my coils and curls.

My other favorites include virgin coconut oil and just plain water! As for my regimen with these products, I try to wash and deep condition my hair at least once every two weeks and style in a twist out. Using these products my twist out can last me a good 4 to 5 days before I have to re-twist!



Where can folks find you on the web?
Follow me @ItsDaynaDane


Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I transitioned without even knowing it.  I wore weaves forever, and had my last relaxer in 2006. But I wasn't taking proper care of my hair, so while I wore weaves all the time I never deep conditioned. I washed my hair only when I removed my weave which was once every month. Sometimes every 2 months.

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In 2012 my husband encouraged me to stop wearing weaves but I kept wearing them until I found out about the natural hair community on YouTube.  From YouTube I heard about Henna and when I googled henna, CurlyNikki came up with loads of information on how to care for natural hair. I mean everything you need to know is on there. I haven't had a weave since December of 2013, and my hair is healthier and longer than it's ever been.  Last time I used heat was May of 2014.


Had you always embraced your texture?
I did not embrace my texture at all. I was always tempted to relax my hair. I used heat all the time like every day because of the need to straighten my new growth so it would match the texture of my weave. This caused me some heat damage in the front area of my hair where I would have my leave out when I wore weaves so I am still transitioning from heat damage in that area.

Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
Being natural and having at least 4 different textures makes my hair more challenging to deal with.  I have mostly 4a and 4b with a patch of 4c on the left side and a patch of 3c in the lower back section of my head.  My hair has a combination of low and high porosity areas.

How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? 
My family was pretty accepting and actually encouraged me in my returning natural hair journey.  I have 2 daughters, 14 and 16, who have never been relaxed, so now we’re on this healthy hair growth journey together and boy do we ever go through some products! Lol

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
The craziest thing I ever did to my hair was color it honey blonde then highlight it with platinum blonde….. Let's just say I had to end up cutting my hair.  This happened a few years ago before I had my last relaxer.  The only color I have now is from henna treatments which is a deep red/burgundy.

What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I wash my hair with shampoo once a month with carols daughter monoi shampoo.  I co-wash once a week with Aussie moist conditioner, then I follow with a leave in (Camille rose moisture milk).  I let my hair dry about 80% before doing a twist out or braid out using Camille rose twisting butter.  I deep condition every time I wash and I have so many different ones and I love them all!!! The most recent one I tried was Shea Moisture 10 in one renewal, love it!

What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hairstyle is a twist out.  I get hairstyle inspiration from every natural I see lol.  I’m always trying to take a little something from natural hair pictures I see on Pinterest and Instagram and put my own twist on it.

Who is your curl crush?
My curl crush is India from MyNaturalHairSisters and also Naptural85.

How do you maintain your hair at night?
I re-twist my hair at night using a bit of leave in with some oil then wearing a bonnet or scarf over it, or sometimes it’s just my satin pillowcase.

How do you maintain healthy length?
I trim my ends every 2-3 months and always make sure they are extra moisturized and sealed because my hair can get super dry especially in the fall and winter months here in Canada.

What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is having sooooo much versatility.  I can still straighten my hair, I can wear blow-outs, weaves and wigs.  But at the end of the day I still have the beautiful healthy virgin hair I was born with that I can style in its natural state, My Favorite!!!

Where can folks find you on the web?
You can find me on Instagram: kienyabooker and FaceBook: Kienya Booker


Tell me about yourself!
I am an artistic soul, a full time higher education professional by day (working in multicultural student success and access) and a writer / contributor for a variety of platforms by night & weekend. I truly love to laugh and drink tea. I blog on topics like style & style politics, womanism & feminism, faith & spirituality, social justice, (along with occasional “sheerly shenanigans” posts) over at JadeTPerry.com. My personal mission is to offer information, ideas, & counter-cultural narratives that will empower people to thrive and to lovingly and creatively challenge systems toward greater levels of inclusion!

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Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I have been natural for my entire life. However, that doesn't mean that my journey was without complication. It took me a long time to learn how to really care for my natural hair. When I got to high school, I remember Chi irons were just becoming a big deal among my peer group. I bought one, tried it out, and absolutely LOVED it. I was obsessed with pressing and curling my hair, or using a really fine curling iron to achieve tight ringlet curls which I’d pull out with my fingers. It was great for a bit and then I realized an ENTIRE side (right side) of my hair just was not curling anymore because of my doing-the-mostness.

When I got to college, two things happened: 1) I got stressed… like REALLY stressed. I went through such a deep culture shock at that time that my hair literally started falling out. This is quite interesting now that reflect on the work I do within multicultural access and success in higher education / college student affairs. But I can remember that time being very trying for me emotionally and physically as I tried to work through the culture shock and stereotype threat that I was experiencing. 2) I went to college in a very rural, agriculturally based location and the water there was very hard. I was washing my hair and using the same products as I’d consistently used. I was trying not to do as much heat because of the heat damage. I tried product after product, layering them, conditioning, setting it, doing everything I could so that it could heal, but to no avail. Since I went to college in a predominantly White area, it was hard to find stylists who specialized in multicultural and natural hair care. But after about a year, I’d heard of a woman who’d moved from Philly (my hometown) who moved to the area and specialized in natural hair care. When I went to see her, she explained about the water being hard, clarifying shampoos, and more. My hair had been so damaged at that point that she told me she would need to cut it in a short bob.

After that cut, things really changed for me. I decided I was going to take a minimalistic approach with my hair so I could see what would nourish it. I also got really intentional about making connections with peer and family support to mitigate some of the stress I was feeling at the time because what’s true is that your emotional health does impact your physical health as well. I started doing an LCO method (before I knew what the term was), used a simple clarifying shampoo that the hairdresser recommended for me, and only went to the salon for a trim. Since becoming simpler with my regimen, I’ve seen a LOT of improvements and benefits and my hair has never been happier.

Had you always embraced your texture?
I started embracing my texture at a young age and that’s largely due to my mother. I remember when I started going to school and seeing other girls with perms I begged her for one. She always said no, and that was mostly because she’d experienced some texture damage in her youth because of a perm. But she was also always sure to show me images of women with various hair textures – she’d find books, magazines, dolls, all kinds of things.

How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? 
Overall, they’ve been very affirming which has been wonderful.

Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
I’ve always had a hard time with the curl pattern types because there are so many different curl patterns in my hair at a given time! On the right side, it’s about a 3b. On the left, it’s about a 3c. In the middle, it’s about a 4a. In the back, it’s around a 3b or 3c. It’s just… it does what it wants, where it wants. It’s very soft and I love that. However, it can get a bit limp and weighed down if I use too many products.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair? 
So… when I was a kid I thought it was a good idea to let my cousin (same age) cut the rubber bands out of my hair. I’d parted my hair, put a rubber band on the top, then did a double strand twist with another band at the end. (Don’t judge me, I was young and it was the 90s). My cousin ended up cutting like 3-4 whole twists out! So, I had to do buns and ponytails for a bit after that.

What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I’m still trying to keep it simple; I’ve realized that’s what works best for my hair. So, I can’t really do too many products or my hair will get weighed down. I try to think about what I want my hair to feel like for that week and use products accordingly. I wash and condition once a week. I switch up my shampoos but lately I’ve been using LUSH cosmetic’s Jason & the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar. It looks like a bar of soap, which took some getting used to at first but I love the scent and the way it makes my hair feel. I’ll run that through my hair and scalp once, rinse, and then repeat. I’m currently using Organix Vitamin E Conditioner – I make sure that the ends are coated with that first. Then, I’ll use my detangling brush to smooth out some of the tangles, and follow up with a wide tooth comb for any tangles that were missed. I rinse and put my leave in (obsessed with Aveeno’s Leave-In Conditioner), cream (Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk), and coconut oil in immediately after. If I wait then the curls won’t be as defined if I’m doing a wash & go. After that, it really depends on how I feel. Most times, I’ll get the dryer out (without the comb attachment) and run it for about 5-7 minutes so my hair isn’t soaked. If I don’t feel like doing anything, I’ll put it in a few bantu knots, tie a silk scarf over it, and wrap it up with a colorful scarf – my scarf collection is intense. I do spray my hair every day to keep it moisturized with Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Refresher Spray.

What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My go-to for the summer is a wash and go or a high bun. My favorite hair style happens when my twist out turns out just right. I honestly get my hair inspiration based on what my hair wants to do that day. I know that sounds a bit odd, but I’ve come up with the best hairstyles when I’ve followed what my hair was naturally doing at that time. If I went to sleep with it pineappled, but I wake up, it’s stretched, and it all wants to flow to one side, then I’ll roll it & pin it all to that side.


Who is your curl crush?
Aevin Dugas – her fro is epic (and her makeup is always on point) and Laila Jean, vlogger on Fusion of Cultures!

How do you maintain your hair at night?
I tie it up and pineapple it with one of my perfectly stretched out headbands, lay down, and go to bed. It used to be way more involved.

How do you maintain healthy length?
Moisturizing and paying attention to the ends – getting them trimmed, making sure they aren’t too split, starting my conditioning process at the ends. Also, protective styling has helped me quite a bit!

What's the best thing about being natural?
I love the versatility and how you can experiment with so many different styles! I love that it makes you focus on taking care of yourself and what you are given. Lastly, I love the fact that for me, it affirms that the way my hair grows, is inherently good and inherently fly.

Where can folks find you on the web?
I blog regularly at JadeTPerry.com and Tweet occasionally @Jade_T_P!