A: I live in Belgium and the natural hair scene in this area is extremely limited. There are only very few black women (non mixed-raced) that wear their own hair. I believe this is due to a lack of information on how to deal with textured hair.
Q. How has your experience been with natural hair?
A: In June 2011, I will be celebrating six years of being natural. I transitioned for a year in 2004, by wearing braids. At the time I was too scared to go bald, so I hid my hair in protective styles (headwraps and twists) for one year and allowed my hair to grow out.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I did not have any support during my natural hair transition – not even my mum liked my hair. Luckily, I had an online hair diary, which helped me tremendously and a partner who loved it. Also, I had a lot of love from other black women on the Internet, but unfortunately none offline in real life.
Q: In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A: I stopped buying expensive products and weaves, so it’s great to be able to finally save some money! I haven’t been to a hair salon in about six years, as there is no one who knows how to style natural hair. My hair can finally grown in it’s natural shape, breathe, shine and look good.
Q: What is your weekly hair routine?
A: I shampoo my hair twice a week. I twist it at night and keep it covered it as well. I only use natural products like 100% shea butter, coconut oil and honey. I make my own hair masks based on basic stuff like mayo, henna, tea tree oil and other healthy stuff.
It’s fun to make your own products. I only comb the mixture in while my hair is damp and I try not to switch styles more than twice a week.
Q: What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Don’t wait – just go for it. Everything we’ve been told about our natural hair in the past is a lie. It DOES grow, it DOES shine, it CAN be healthy, it’s beautiful and all black women look beautiful with it. It’s only a matter of two things: patience and finding your own style. Overall the most important principle to remember is staying confident. Do not let others make you feel uncomfortable about your hair. Always wear it with pride and then others will wonder what the fuss is all about!
Q: Do you have any final thoughts?
A: If there are any other natural sisters in Belgium, I would love to have a get-together so get in touch with me!