A: I’m originally from New Haven, CT, where the natural scene is practically non-existent. However, I’ve resided a good bit of my life in Baltimore, MD, where surprisingly, the natural scene has recently caught on relatively quickly. The mixture is pretty much split down the middle with those who chose the natural route because it is the “in-thing,” and those who have chosen the natural journey as a way of life. It really just depends on the person and the day.
A: I’ve worn my hair natural now, for about two years. I wore transitional hairstyles in between, like weaves and wigs until I felt mentally prepared for the “Big Chop.” However, The “Big Chop” came sooner than expected when I noticed my hair was rapidly breaking off. The weaken chemically treated hair was no match for my natural locks so eventually I had to chop prematurely. My TWA was about an inch or so when all was said and done but all-in-all, it was an exhilarating experience I wouldn’t trade for the world.
A. Well, surprisingly I didn’t receive very much support at all. Not because my family and friends weren’t supportive, but mainly because I had changed hairstyles so frequently, no one believed I’d be committed to the change. I received the most support from my aunt, who braided my hair for my sew-ins and weaves. I went to her faithfully do get my ‘doo’ done, so she saw how committed I’d truly become to the transition. She had transitioned herself, not long before, so we’d actually become a support system for one another.
A: Being natural is tough, but one positive thing is definitely the inner beauty I feel when I’m rocking my natural ‘doo.’ There is something to be said about that special glow that a natural women possesses. It’s a glow and light that just exudes pure confidence and natural beauty. Another thing is the infinite possibilities when it comes to styling. Someone may say they see me in the same style but, that’s definitely a choice, not a limitation. There actually is so much you can do with natural hair. I don’t know how that’s possible, but between websites like this (MotownGirl.com) and YouTube, it has become possible. Really to sum it up, being natural is just a wonderful, refreshing feeling!! Only to be know my another natural queen.
A: I’ve had lots of negative experiences from the frequent question, “So what are you doing with your hair?” Only for them to get lemon-faced when I tell them that what they see is the style that I’m doing with my hair. To my mother, practically dry heaving as she says, “Oh God, I hope your not wearing your hair like that to the interview.” (Mind you this is after an hour of styling). So how do I cope?? I’m not sure because to be honest, sometimes it can be hurtful. To know that the hair that grows naturally from my head is offensive to some, really hurts (and perplexes me.) But, through all this, I some how manage to keep my head high and my locks wild and press on (and hope that the reason behind my unemployment isn’t really because of my hair).
A: Moisture, Moisture, Moisture! I cannot say this enough. My goal is to put the Jheri Curl to shame. But honestly, I’m learning now that there literally is not enough moisture I can put in my hair. Especially with 4C hair type. So the honest “secret” behind my routine is just to keep it juicy. For my twist outs, I’ve seemed to concoct a perfect marriage between raw shea butter, essential oils, and carrier oils that works perfectly. Also I’ve recently stared my “no-poo” journey too, which I’m interested to see how it turns out.
A: DON’T GIVE UP. It can sometimes be a tedious and grueling process, especially if growth is slow. Remember to stick with it, it’ll get better. Also, if you don’t have the time and dedication to care for and really learn about your hair, DONT DO IT!! It is an unparalleled, liberating way to say goodbye to the relaxer, however, if you don’t have the patience for the learning process that is your hair, you might as well keep relaxing your hair.
A: Overall I just hope I’ve helped a little. Always remember ladies, each and everyone of you is BEAUTIFUL. Also your natural hair is just that …HAIR. keep in mind you do have the option of making it your crown!