MG Spotlight – AngelNapps

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MG Spotlight – AngelNapps

Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?

Grand Rapids, Michigan. When I first went natural, it seemed like I was the only natural woman and the only natural person without locs. That was about 2 years ago. Now I am seeing more women with natural loose hair, but it still surprises me when I do see them, it makes me want to run up to them and ask them “their story”. I sometimes forget that not everyone is a fanatic like I am.

How long did you transition and how long have you been natural?

I transitioned for about 5 months. I was planning on transitioning with extensions for a year, but I accidentally cut off too much in between a set of extensions and I wasn’t able to fit my hair neatly back into the extensions, so I was forced to wear my natural hair before I was really ready. That was in August 2005.

How you feel about your natural hair in the beginning? I was really self-concious and actually felt awkward when I would see my reflection in the mirror. I thought I looked like a little boy. Despite having done a lot of research, it was an entirely different ball game when I had to actually deal with my hair instead of reading about how to deal with it. But, after I put in my first set of coils, I fell madly in love with my hair.

How much support did you receive when you decided to go natural? My family is FULL of women. At one point or another we’ve all had the “pretty” long wraps and I was no exception. I remember when my 19-year old niece first saw me after I cut all of my hair off. She looked absolutely horrified, I swear I saw a tear in her eye when she said, Oh my goodness, what did you do to your hair! Other than that the people that matter absolutely love my hair. Every time I wear a twist out, I hear the comment, oooh, I think I might go natural too. I don’t try to persuade anyone to go natural because it’s not easy and it takes a mental transition before a physical one and I can see that the majority of them have not yet begun the mental transition.

Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?

My life is completely different. I am more spiritual and soulful because I am more aware of who I am inside. It’s really difficult for some people in my life to understand where I am coming from because I have changed so much during this journey. I am more confident in myself, more comfortable in my skin, I recognize my worth and I am more clear of my place in this world, which is anywhere I want it to be.

What has been the best thing about being natural?

The unexpected confidence that came along with it. I also LOVE the major growth I’ve experienced and the array of styles I’ve rocked.

How do you take care of and maintain your hair?

Very simple regimen. I wash, deep condition, apply a leave in, moisturize and twist my hair every two weeks. I moisturize my ends daily and wear a satin scarf at night. I try to use natural products for my hair as much as I can.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had to choose 3 things for your hair, what are three things you would have to have for your hair and why? Shampoo, Deep conditioner and moisturizer. That’s all I really use in this world filled with millions of products.

What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural? Research…Read stories, look at pictures, ask questions. Doing this made me realize it wasn’t going to be easy, yet gave me resources to keep me motivated and going forward. Whenever I came up against an obstacle like tangled hair, under-moisturized hair, breakage, etc. I was able to pull up a album, e-mail Natitwists, DelightfulFlame, Sistaslick, or check out MotownGirl and Nappturality and Voala…problem solved.

Any Last Words? I would be lying if I said that being natural is easy, because it’s not. I remember the days when I had a relaxer, all I had to do was comb my wrap out in the morning and I had long swinging straight hair. In the time it takes to JUST wash my hair now, I could wash, condition and blow dry my hair with a relaxer. BUT, then again, I’ve never had this much beautiful hair and I never loved or appreciated my hair so much either. It’s an undescribable journey that can’t be explained. You have to actually experience it to understand it.

AngelNapps’ hair journal here!

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