Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I was born and raised in in Detroit, Michigan, but I currently reside in Richmond, Virginia. Natural hair for young women my age is not very common, however, natural hair is easily spotted throughout Virginia.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. Since I have naturally curly hair, I only received a relaxer every three to six months and my mother normally pressed my hair. I’ve been natural since 2007, when it was my senior year in high school.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. Only my mom at the time and I simply loved it. She inspired me to do the big chop and I did, even though I was the only girl at my school wearing an afro. Shortly after, I did notice that some of my teachers were natural. Then low and behold I started “seeing” natural women everywhere. My eyes were literally opened!
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. My look is unique. I often get comments that I look like Tracey Ellis Ross. Which is funny because my mom favors Diana Ross. But I know it’s a compliment when my best friend wears her kinky weave to try to look like me.
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. I condition wash daily and shampoo on a weekly basis. I don’t use styling products, because my hair is naturally curly. I have found that just a little leave in conditioner is all it takes for me.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: If you are a young women or in your teens and are bombarded with images of long flowing hair, I suggest to simply look in the mirror. Keep in mind you are beautiful inside and once you go natural the possibilites are endless, as to the many options that are available with your hair.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. I was always different and found that at times I never completely fit in with society. Now I’m known as the “girl with the curly hair”. What a compliment!