Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am from Orlando, Florida and the natural scene is growing here. Even though many sistas are still using chemicals treatments such as relaxers and wearing extensions (weaves and wigs), more of the natural sistas are starting to shine.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I transitioned while my hair was short, I wore wigs and weaves – the total length of time was 4 months. Since early 2008, I have been natural and I love it! Even though I was the girl who once said ‘I would never stop relaxing my hair’.
Honestly my experience had to me of a shock initially. It wasn’t so much the adjustment to being natural, but I was really unsure what to do with my hair in the beginning stages. Also I wasn’t used to short hair, since I wore my hair long hair beginning when I was a young girl.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. My family, especially my husband was totally against my decision, but a few of my co-workers had just gone natural while I was still thinking about it. Their determination gave me the courage to take the plunge. A lot of my support came from other sistas online that I didn’t even know. I read the information on natural hair websites, looked at pictures and soaked up the knowledge.
Q. Has there been any differences in your life after going natural?
A. The salons do not rule my time or my life anymore. Overall I feel liberated and free. Not to mention it is nice to get compliments from unexpected sources. It’s truly been a great lesson in loving myself even more.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. Being in charge of taking care of my own hair and maintaining it. I have also learned to experiment with different styles and products as well. But I have to say the stepping out and rocking my own beautiful natural lock has been the my best experience! I love sharing and talking with fellow nappturals.
Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and had to choose three items for your hair, what are three things you would have to have for your hair?
A.First and foremost I would need a good moisturizing conditioner because my hair type thrives on moisture. Next I would need my twisting product — either a creme, oil or shea butter mixture for two strand twists. And lastly, my “brastrap headband” to hold my hair back for my puff (I learn that from motowngirl.com).
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. It took some time, but I finally figured out my regimen. I wash, condition, moisturize and two-strand twist my hair with a loc-n-twist creme. I wear the twists for 3-5 days and then I wear a twist-out for 3-5 days. To make the style last longer, sometimes I pull it into a twistout puff. The cycle is repeated every two weeks. I re-moisturize as needed and wear a cap when showering to make my style last longer. I deep condition with a heating cap and deep conditioner monthly.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. This is a journey that requires patience and self love. Do it for yourself and not for anyone else. Love your own texture for what it is and work with it — “not against it”.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. I never dreamed I would be rocking natural hairstyles; but I discovered that natural hair is absolutely beautiful and it gets better with time and patience. Lastly, remember, no matter if you are natural or relaxing, we are all beautiful!