Growth Update!
Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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I've been secretly transitioning for A WHILE now and I finally decided to just chop it all off! Everybody's been asking why and telling me how long my hair has gotten... I was mid-back y'all! But to answer the question on why I cut my hair... I just got tired of getting relaxers. I'm tired of pretending my hair grows straight and trying to make it manageable by putting a hazardous chemical on my head. My hair is coarse, kinky, and I love it even more now! My new best friends are SDBSF Purifying Rinse along with the Coco Cream Rinse.

Big shout out to Loolalooh, creator of the Wasijiru Collection, MssMylo, and Dalilredmama for the support and help.

I'm neck length for the first time since '06... I'm aiming for full shoulder length by the end of the year. Wish me luck! Feel free to discuss this further in the comments.




38 comments

Keisha says
March 3, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Oh My Goodness, Belle! You know I was wondering if you were because of all the reviews for natural products lately, but you tend to do long stretches, so I dismissed it. Congrats Girl! I know that one day I'll transition too, I just don't know when. I'll be looking to you for tips. BTW, how long was your transition?

Belle Cheveux says
March 3, 2009 at 7:22 PM

My last relaxer in October was SEVERELY underprocessed. It reverted back within a week. So it's been like four months plus the underprocessed hair from the eighteen week stretch.

DeDe says
March 3, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Congrats!! 4 months was my transition time too. I couldn't take it anymore!!

Pharoahs Angel says
March 3, 2009 at 7:31 PM

I can't believe you did it! Congratulations!
I'm transitioning too but, I'm not as fortunate to have my natural hair reach neck length yet but, when it hits there or either shoulder length...I'll be doing the same.
Congrats again!

Charmaine says
March 3, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Congrats!!!!! It looks great!

Belle Cheveux says
March 3, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Thanks so much everyone! You know what, I actually cried a little today when I woke up to all the shrinkage. I picked it out and felt better.

wun sexii kat says
March 3, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Congrats! I'm cutting my hair on June 26 so I can start my 21 and over phase (June 27) with natural hair!

Ekaette says
March 3, 2009 at 8:35 PM

I had no idea you were transitioning!! How long? How did you manage the two textures? Spill spill!!
Oh and congrats on your BC!!

Belle Cheveux says
March 3, 2009 at 8:43 PM

I kept it a secret just in case I went back to relaxing. I stretched for 18 weeks up until October, but when I relaxed, it reverted. I literally had 18 weeks of underprocessed hair on my head and said, "Eff it. I'm done relaxing." So about four months later, here we are... I wore two sew-ins before I finally cut off all my hair. And I found that natural based products (CURLS, SDBSF, Blended Beauty) helped the transition go smoothly.

Jaimie says
March 3, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Good Luck,you go girl!

Kinky Rhonnie says
March 3, 2009 at 9:18 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

You have to tell me, what is SDBSF?

Belle Cheveux says
March 3, 2009 at 9:33 PM

SDBSF stands for Skin Delicious Body So Fine. It's a product line that I've been falling in love with. The website is http://bodysofine.biz

They make AWESOME products!

Sophia says
March 3, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Ha,

Congrats!!! I have some great natural product recommendations if you want it!

Belle Cheveux says
March 3, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Ooo, Sophia, I am a certified product junkie... let me know!

FlowerChild says
March 3, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Congratulations... I'm starting my fifth month of transitioning. My hair is currently in twists. By August I'm planning my chop. Again, Congrats!!!

Belle Cheveux says
March 3, 2009 at 10:20 PM

Keep me posted on when you BC!

labelfreementality says
March 3, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Congrats and welcome to the Natural Hair Revolution!! lol But thats a big step major kudos

BreZn says
March 3, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Congrats on the BC! Your hair looks so HEALTHY! Continued Blessings on your Natural Hair Journey.

Tori says
March 3, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Congrats beautiful and welcome to nappyville!

Belle Cheveux says
March 4, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Thanks!

Jenn says
March 4, 2009 at 12:16 AM

OMIGOD! *faints* Congrats on your BC!

[Emeritus] says
March 4, 2009 at 12:44 AM

I feel like Jenn. I nearly passed out myself. Haha. I have had a total of two perms and I am over it. I am thinking about going natural myself. Congrats. I'll let you know if and when I do mine.

ps: now you can get a hot comb or press. whatever they call it where u are. some of my friends who have never permed their hair have grown it to BSL while staying natural and pressing it. Their hair is gorgeous.

congrats again!

todoni says
March 4, 2009 at 3:17 AM

OMG! Congrats! your hair will def. thank you for it! I am also transitioning to natural, so far I am 6months into it. Keep us posted!

Supermodel says
March 4, 2009 at 7:53 AM

Congratulations on your BC! I almost fainted when I heard it too but I'm glad you figured the right thing for your hair!

Loolalooh says
March 4, 2009 at 11:46 AM

OMG. Welcome to naturality, girl!! You and your hair look beautiful. CONGRATULATIONS! And shout out? Girl, I barely did anything. You're welcome!

Anonymous says
March 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Congrats girl!*~ I totally feel you :-)
I know alot of people say that they don't have the patience to "contain" their kinks, but I love mines and wouldn't change'em for the world.

Laquita says
March 4, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Hooray! Congrats :o) I'll be watching your progress - your hair looks beautiful :o)

Anonymous says
March 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Congrats on your succesful transition.

Shawna says
March 6, 2009 at 10:20 PM

You look Fabulous!!!! So thick and full, you have Beautiful Natural Hair!! Be Blessed!

Belle Cheveux says
March 7, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Thanks everyone!

Heat Styled Natural says
March 7, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Congratulations!!!

svrbrownsuga says
March 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

CONGRATS!!!! You will enjoy the journey..I have been natural for 2 years and I enjoy all the styles I can do with my hair :D. good luck and congrats again :D

jada says
March 7, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Belle
welcome to a whole new world It's fun. I've been doing the texturizing and then just going natural.I like my hair natural. It's now been 4 month of no texturizing. I have a mix of three texture in my hair, didnt really know that since I've had a perm since 14? (I"m 45)Now I got my daughter doing it. The perm was breaking her hair off. We found a stylist in Socal that does the old school press and now she has the cutess bob and it's healthy and shiny.

I struggle on days when I flat iron my hair and the sweat it out in my sleep. Some days I miss my short ready to go hair. Reading your blog helps me when I just want to go back to texurizing.Keep up the good work.

Belle Cheveux says
March 8, 2009 at 12:10 AM

OMG, Jada! Your comment just made my day! I'm so glad that you and your daughter enjoy being natural.

Sunshyne says
March 31, 2009 at 3:03 PM

OMG Belle, I'm so proud of you! Girl you are brave...I love that. I'm here going through my emails and I see "BIG CHOP" in the subject line..my eyes literally popped right out. Your hair grows supper fast. I wish you all the best on your new journey :-)

Belle Cheveux says
April 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Thanks Sunshyne! :) Your hair is looking extra fab in the latest post.

Ms. S says
August 17, 2009 at 12:44 AM

Congrats on the big chop! I took a hiatus from hair-care blogging and am just now getting around to catching up with all my old fav bloggers hair status.

I'm transitioning too... but will not do a big chop. Instead, I'm shooting to install sisterlocks by January 2010.

Belle Cheveux says
August 17, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Good luck on your transition! Sisterlocks are awesome. I might do them one day.

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