|Meet my homie BumKel24!|
I am very happy to introduce to you all my hot off the presses beautiful, newly natural best friend BumKel24!!! Me and this young lady right here go back to kindergarten! How many friends do you still call friends since kindergarten? That is true blue friendship right there!
|This Picture is from my Super Sweet 16 in 2002. Classic side eye from me and BumKel24.|
Anyway, BumKel24 totally shocked me with her bc last month! But I am so happy for her.
|BumKel24 during her relaxed hair days|
After you cut off your relaxed hair and looked in the mirror and saw your natural hair for the first time, what was your first thought?
After looking in the mirror right after snipping my hair off, I hunched my shoulders and said to myself, "not bad."
Were you surprised by how your hair looked after you cut all of the relaxer out of your hair?
I'm not going to say I was surprised. I mean, I had no idea what it would look like and didn't know what to expect, but once I saw it, I was just relieved that I just rid myself of my damaged, brittle, relaxed hair.
How did it feel to do the bc?
It felt GREAT. I felt like I was finally free. I was so happy to see what my natural hair actually looked like without the relaxed ends. It looked a lot better than I thought it would. But even if it didn't, I still wasn't going back to relaxes ever again.
Dude, every time someone asks me, "Ms-gg, why did you go natural?" I tell them about that time we were at school back in 2005 and this girl had this bangin puff and we both were oohing and aahing over it! Am I the only one who remembers that?! Please tell me you "Remember the Time" LOL!
Girl, I vaguely "Remember The Time" lol but I do remember. Unfortunately, at the time, I wasn't ready to accept my natural hair for what it would be. And you know I was rocking that wig to death! Lol
Why did you decide to go natural (and hide it from your best friend lol j/k)?
Haha! Well I DO recall a certain someone saying that it's best to keep the fact that you're transitions to yourself so no one can try to influence you the other way. Ahem, remember you didn't tell your best friend you were transitions, either! Lol
Ms-gg: (OKAY! She totally got me there you guys!!)
But that's another story for another day. :-) I decided to go natural because I was tired of going through the routine of HAVING to maintain a relaxer, no its, ands, or buts about it. I hate going to the salon. There was no way I could maintain relaxed hair without either going there or doing it myself. I was just tired. Tired of having damaged hair. Tired of the routine. Tired of not knowing what my hair looked liked straight from my scalp with no chemicals. I just wanted to be the me I was born to be. I wanted my hair to be curly or kinky like it was supposed to be. And if I wanted it straight, I could press it (not that I have any desire to right now!).
|BumKel24 during her transition|
How long did you transition for?I'm quite sure I started transitioning in March. No later than March. Maybe February. So about 8 months.
How did you wear your hair while you wear transitioning?
Well, at first I wore a sew-in weave throughout March. Around May, I just wore my own hair, straightening it after letting it air-dry maybe once a week, sometimes more. I'm thankfully hair wasn't damaged in the process because using a .lot of heat can be really damaging.
|BumKel24 with her micros while she was transitioning|
My hair is stubborn, too. It refuses to take to heat well. So I just brushed it. It didn't look too great. So I bought a lacefront wig for my birthday (which I wore at the bowling alley). It was too hot this summer for all of that, so, at the discretion of my friends and to the dismay of my boyfriend, I stopped wearing the wig and brushed my hair back into a fuzzy ponytail.In September, I put micros in my hair and took them out at the beginning of this month. I hid my hair under the wig for a few more days and decided I had enough and chopped it all off! :-)
Do you have any tips for someone who is transitioning right now and anticipating the bc or for anyone who is thinking about going natural and isn't fully committed yet?
My advice is to stick to it, regardless of what people tell you what you should do. Oh, they don't want you to be natural? They don't like how your hair looks? Oh well. Do they have to wear it? Are they going to pay for you to go to the salon for the rest of your life? If they will, are they going to sit in the chair for you? Probably not. Ultimately, you are doing what's best for YOU, not anyone else. And those same people who were trying to discourage you will be the same people who can't keep their hands out of your hair and can't stop telling you how much they love it. Trust me.
|BumKel24 and her beautiful natural hair!|
Do you have any plans for your fro, any styles you are dying to try out?
|Beautiful thick, juicy two strand twists!!!|
I've been wanting to try a twistout! I just need the right ingredients and the time and I will give it a try. I want to try Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding. I will let you know how it turns out!
Alright BumKel, I am looking forward to it and I am sure everyone else is too! Your twistout will be the next followup! Thank you again for doing the interview!