Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am from the Bahamas and unfortunately many Caribbean people here are influenced by the media, as they continue to relax their hair, instead of embracing their natural hair.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I’ve worn my hair natural for ten months. I grew my hair out for about three months, before doing the big chop. Not long after that I went straight into wearing afros. It felt amazing to wash my hair with ease and just being able to feel my kinky hair without chemicals was new and refreshing.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. When I decided to go natural, I had a friend that kept telling me about her natural hair and the benefits of avoiding chemicals. My husband encouraged me to ‘go for it’. I was a little surprised that my mother (who also has a short natural cut) wasn’t completely behind my decision, as she pointed out that she preferred my hair better straight.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. The best thing about my natural hair transition is ‘being the true me’ without chemicals. I enjoy trying new hairstyles with my natural hair.
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. I use all natural hair products, with shea butter being at the top of my list to keep my hair moisturized. A wide-tooth comb is needed to style my hair and I wear a hair bonnet at night to keep my hair protected. I love trying new and natural ways to create sexy and exotic hairstyles.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. Do not be afraid to show who you really are without the chemicals, because natural hair is truly beautiful!
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. Visit my salon’s website for braids, twist, dreadlocks and designer hairstyles at www.HairstylesByAlexis.com.