Where are you from and how is the natural scene there? I hail from the southside of the Chicago (go White Sox!) — so with the “Windy City” being a mecca of culture, the natural scene is here and here to stay!
Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences? I went on a vacation to Wisconsin one summer, and at that time I had been transitioning my hair for a few months. I can’t remember what happened with my hair, but I ended up wearing scarves the entire time. When I returned home, I discovered I had enough of dealing with the two different textures and thus ended my transition (which was on July 12, 2007).
Did you have any support? Well, my dad was pretty taken back, and my mom was very encouraging. My litter sister on the otherhand, had a “whatever” attitude. However, some of my closest friends were actually in the process along with me. I found I received more positive comments with my natural hair texture, than I ever did with my hair relaxed or pressed (because it’s my natural texture and naturally it looks GOOD on me – lol). I have always done my own thing, so what others have thought was solely their opinion and I don’t get caught up in it.
In your opinion, what has been one of the best things about having natural hair? For me, not having to spend the money on relaxers and touchups has been great — since I’m the typical poor college student. Really I just love not having to spend the money and time in the salon. I am never EVER going back to relaxed hair!
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural? I quickly realized how much money I wasted having relaxed hair. I LOVE doing my own hair and, guess what? I’m good at it… Having time to reflect, I believe I would never have realized how much I love doing hair — had I not gone natural. I love the texture and thickness and…just EVERYTHING about my hair!
How do you maintain your hair? From July 2007 to September 2008, I wore my hair loose. Then I started to loc my hair and that lasted four month. Now its been a few months since cutting my locs off. I love doing my yarn braids among other styles. Basicially, my regimen changes often. If there has been one staple for me it has been been water – I drink it daily, and I use it to wash my hair and it’s probably the only true staple I really have.
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? Water, suave shampoo and conditioners and natural oils sometimes for my scalp. Sorry if it’s a little vague but i don’t want to give any new naturals the impression that what works for me will work for them. Plus really is all I use! I gave my product box to my little sister who also went natural…..did I forget to mention that?
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural? Your hair will not take care of itself so, research, research, research!
Do you have any final comments? MotownGirl.com was honestly the first resource i ever found for natural hair and to this day, and I’ve still never found another site like it. Shout out to her for bringing all the essential information to one place! Peacea.