Category Archives: The Transitioning Files


Guess Who’s Au Naturale…ME!!!


My Transitioning Hair: 100% Product Free!

I Made a Tag Video…The Transitioner’s Tag!

Are you currently transitioning to natural hair?  If so, check out   “The Transitioner’s Tag”!

The Transitioning Files: Have I Come to the End of My Long-Term Transitioning Journey?


Dear Readers,

As the year 2012 rolled around, I was so excited about the goals I had for my hair.  I planned to document my hair growth while maintaining my hair regimen.  I even set December 2012 as the end of my transitioning journey from relaxed hair to long, HEALTHY natural hair.  However, as I examine my hair ends, I highly doubt that I will make it to this goal.  Despite my weekly deep conditioning treatmens. numerous protective hairstyles, and gentle hair handling, my hair does not seem as healthy as it should be.  In fact, my ends look terrible and severely damaged.  I just can’t figure out what’s wrong.  I mean, how can my hair be this bad when I just trimmed it last week? 

I’m a perfectionist and all perfectionists know that we like to be “masters” at whatever we put our mind to.  So the fact that I still have not mastered long-term transitioning, despite being 17-months post-relaxer, annoys the mess out of me.  It also raises several questions for me regarding the future.  For instance, if I cannot even keep my hair ends healthy while transitioning, how will I ever retain length and make it to waist-length hair while natural?  Or…am I doing more harm than good by continuing this transitioning journey?  I certainly do not want to damage my natural hair while I try to hold on to the relaxed and damaged ends.

So as you can see, I’m at a difficult crossroads.  Should I continue this long-term transitioning journey or throw in the towel and finally do my big (well, actually little) chop?  Time will tell…but don’t be surprised if The Transitioning Files come to an end.

—                                                                                                                                           Sincerely,

Mind of a Nomad

Operation Natural: Length Check #1: January 1st

Happy New Year’s Guys!

Operation Natural: Length Check #1: January 1, 2011

  As you know from my Operation Natural post, I will be doing monthly length checks.  So here it goes… (for all you against reading, here’s the video link)    Note: the pictures are merely meant to be visually entertaining

Length Check #1: Left SideLeft Side: 9 1/2 in.

Length Check #1: Right SideRight Side:  8 1/2 in.

(Notice that this side is an inch less than the Left Side…I’m not sure if this is due to trimming or that my Right Side grows at a slower rate than my Left Side)

Length Check #1: Front MiddleFront Middle: 9 in.

Length Check #1: Back Back: 9 1/2 in.

Length Check #1: Middle of HeadMiddle of Head: 14 1/2 in.

For those who would like to join me in Operation Natural, post your length check results in the comments below or leave a video response to my video!

The Transitioning Files: The Bangin’ Braid-out That Never Saw the Light of Day

Ladies and gents, check out this braid-out!  I’m in LOOOVE.  If my hair could turn out like this every day, I’d be set for life.  Unfortunately, this hair never saw the light of day.  Why?  Well, let me give you some background…

Bangin' Braid-Out

So the other day, I was feeling endeavorous and decided to attempt MsAriella89’s braid-out.  Everything would have turned out great if a. I hadn’t done it on a previously failed wash-n-go, b. I hadn’t done it on a previously failed wash-n-go which left my hair super tangled, and c. I hadn’t done it on a previously failed wash-n-go which left my hair super tangled and dry.  But like many things in life, you couldn’t tell me NOTHING.  I was going to do it and it was going to turn out great.  Also, if it didn’t work out, I figured I would go with Plan B (yup I even had a back-up plan) and try FusionofCultures‘ “Johnny Bravo” updo.

Bangin' Braid-Out

However, when I took down the braid-out the next morning, I realized that this hair was never going to see the light of day.  Despite all the moisturizer I had put in it the night before, my hair was still super dry and tangled.  Probably because nothing was able to penetrate the thick layers of EcoStyler gel I had slapped on it for my wash-n-go a day earlier.  Thus, I tried my Plan B.  That, of course, failed as well.  Go figure!

Bangin' Braid-Out

In the end, I decided it was best to just start over & wash my hair again.  However, before I did this, I separated and fluffed my hair to see how big it would get.

And I got this…

Bangin' Braid-Out

I absolutely LOOOVED this. 

You can’t even tell that my hair was as dry as the Sahara. #ThankGodforPictures

Transitioning Hairstyles: My Signature “Big Bun”

Check out my first hair tutorial! I like to call this hairstyle, “Big Bun“!