Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
I am from Rock Island, IL! And the natural scene here…HA! I wish. There are like 6 black women and there are a couple of brothas with locs. LOL!
Did you transition to natural hair? If so, how were your experiences?
Well, I didn’t plan on transitioning…I just couldn’t afford going to a shop my freshman year in college. But it was about 3 months from last relaxer to my big chop on December 16, 2007! I was in shock when I first cut it though. The shortest my hair had ever been was just above bra strap. But once I washed it…I loved it!!!
Did you have any support?
I always thought I was confident but when your community treats you like you are no longer beautiful…you learn to keep your head up! So I truly learned what black beauty and confidence was all about!
What has been one of the best things about have natural hair in your experience?
Probably the best thing is that I learned it is so easy. I always thought natural hair was hard to manage and untamable. I learned that natural hair is beautiful, ALL textures. It’s just a matter of finding which products work best for you and keep your hair healthy and looking its best.
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
That other women see my hair and get inspired to try going natural or to just stop relaxing their hair! And just learning realizing how great natural hair can be.
How do you maintain your hair?
CONDITION!!! I no longer shampoo my hair. I co-wash everyday. I finally learned how to cornrow my hair, so I do that at night or just a twist it. If I can’t wash it everyday…I always give it some water! And I also cut out applying heat to my hair.
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?
well, I’ve got water so…my Giovanni conditioner, Cantu leave in conditioner hair repair, and my denman brush!
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
Don’t worry about what people think! Just be willing to try out products! You’ve already taken one big step by coming to Motowngirl.com (this was the best source of my research)! Also try YouTube.com – the women on there are very supportive! Just embrace and love your natural hair! RESEARCH and Go For IT!
Do you have any final comments?
If you’re like me (a struggling college student paying for everything) know the basics of natural hair care and find products that you can afford! Yeah you’ll want to try the nicer hair care products but eventually you’ll be able too! LOL! Just go on this journey and know that its amazing and you’re hair will thank you in the long run!