Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am originally from Bronx, New York. I used to see women with natural styles and thought “if only I had the courage to do that”. So observing people throughout NYC wear their hair all types of ways and completely embracing it, has made me think that I can too.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I received my last relaxer on May 20, 2008. At that time I was not ready to cut it off or do “the big chop”, so for a period I wore weaves and twists which helped my hair to grow out. I finally got the rest of the relaxed ends cut off and here I am now!
Q. Did you have any support?
A. People did not know that my intentions were to go natural because I pretty much kept it to myself. However, when I finally revealed it to my close friends and family they were all very supportive. The overall feedback was they loved it and said that it suits me very well.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. My self-confidence improved greatly! I was a little hesitant at first about revealing my natural look, because I was afraid of how people would receive it. Also I find that I smile more and my self confidence has improved — no longer afraid of what others may say or how they will look at me.
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. I use Taliah Waajid’s products, along with EcoStyler Gel to style it and lastly unrefined shea butter to maintain moisture. I shampoo every two weeks and deep condition once a week. I also let my stylist trim my ends every 6 weeks to keep it growing healthy. A wide tooth comb is also a must for my hair.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, and more RESEARCH! And don’t be afraid of what others may think…it’s your hair. ‘Be You…Be Beautiful’.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. I have gained so much insight from this website and it inspires me to stay natural…Thanks MotownGirl!