Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I live in Brooklyn, New York and there is a moderate amount of naturals in this area. However, I have noticed that it really does depends on the neighborhood you live in. For example, the section I live in doesn’t have many naturals at all, but others maybe a little more concentrated.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I have been wearing my natural hair for a little under a year now. For the most part, I wore box braids during my tranistion to natural hair and really didn’t experience any difficulties throughout my journey.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. Honestly I didn’t tell many people my plans about going natural. I was trying to avoid any comments that might have discouraged me. Most of the people I told were either neutral or didn’t understand what I was doing. However, my mother gave me some support and that was nice.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. The best thing about being natural is being able to finally love everything about myself. Previously I use to love everything about myself, excluding my hair because it was flat and boring to me. Now I have a new outlook, as my hair is healthy and has a lot of body and excitement.
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
If my hair is dry, I deep condition, but I don’t have a set schedule for deep conditioning treatments. Part of my routine is to wet my hair everyday, because it helps with styling. It may surprise some people, that know me, but I do not use combs or brushes in my hair.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. Try to be patient and don’t go into this journey with unrealistic expectations, as you will be setting yourself up to fail. Take the journey one day at a time and do plenty of research beforehand.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. Going natural was the best thing that I have ever done for my hair, health, and confidence.