Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I reside in Baltimore, Maryland and the natural scene here is full of lovely ladies wearing their natural hair.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. My transition just came to me one day. In the winter of 2007, I began to wear wigs for the fun of it, just to change my look. The decision to go ‘natural,’ came to me after a discussion with a few ladies about natural hair care. It was after that conversation, I decided to begin my hair journey.
Initially, I started my natural process by simply avoiding chemicals and continuing to wear wigs. But as summer approached, I found that I needed to make some changes. The idea of becoming completely natural was still my ultimate goal. My biggest concern was just “how” to get to that point, considering I was chemical free since December 2007.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. The first person I told was my long-time hairdresser, and she was my biggest supporter. Honestly, I was very surprised at her response since my decision meant less money for her. On the other hand, my family and friends probably thought I was not serious. When I began my research and found this wonderful site (Motowngirl.com that allowed me to begin my mental transformation, so thank you!)
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. The freedom of not worrying about my hair has been wonderful. Also when I am out if I see someone with a great natural style, I try to stop them and inquire about the style. I am wearing a TWA (teenie weenie afro) these days, but I am definitely looking forward to the potential.
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. I am a no-shampoo girl. Basically I only shampoo every few weeks, which is only to get rid of any buildup. Presently I wash my hair with conditioner once a week or so.
I am an avid Carol’s Daughter user. My day begins with a daily washing using CD’s Tui Conditioner. Afterward, I apply Hair Honey, Hair Milk and end with Black Vanilla Leave In conditioner. I never sleep without a satin cap. Lastly, I only style with my fingers, only very rarely do I use combs or brushes.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: If someone were to ask me for advice about going natural, first and foremost I would recommend doing the research. To get them started, I would direct them to MotownGirl for tips and helpful information.
Also make sure to decide early in the process if you want to transition or go for the big chop. Personally my final decision for the big chop came after I worked on my hair for July 4th (a couple of years ago). After all the work made me stressed out, I said “enough”.
Q. Any last comments?
A: I must say going natural has been the best decision I have made in my life. I am enjoying the freedom and versatility of my hair!