A. I am originally from Florida, but now I reside in Connecticut for schooling. When I attended school in Florida the natural scene gradually emerged as I began to notice more women getting locks, fro’s, and twists. I believe that I have inspired some of my friends to either make the the full conversion or attempt to go natural. Now that I’m here in Connecticut, I really have not seen too many people with natural hair.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. My last relaxer was back in June 2003 right before my senior prom. When I first arrived at college I decided to stop getting relaxers. So I transitioned right up until February 2004. Since I could not handle the two textures, I did a big chop, which left me with an inch of hair.
A. My best friend and I went on our natural hair journey together. However, she did press her hair the entire time. While I on the other hand, rarely straighten my hair. My family had snide comments, but now that they see the health and length of my hair, they’ve come around. My big sister was helpful in braiding my hair, so I was thankful for her for doing that.
Q. Have you experienced any difference things in your life after going natural?
A. I became more confident and wiser. For some people, going natural is a tough decision. It’s like you have to let go of what you are “used to” to something that is more out of the norm. At one time I thought I had to be part of the crowd, but in reality I had to be my true self and that was being napptural. Also I grew wiser financially. I now spend at least $20 a year or less on hair products, when previously I used to spend $20 or more a month on my relaxed hair. That keeps money in my pocket.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. The best thing about being natural is being free. What do I mean by free? Well I can wash my hair, put a head tie on when it is either a rainy and windy day and still look good. My hair maintains for any occasion; weddings, parties, conferences, or church. The last time I went to the salon was 4 years ago, and they won’t be seeing my face, because I am free.
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. I condition wash weekly, I put my hair in large twists and add castor oil. When I need to cleanse my hair to get rid of build up, I use the baking soda treatment and put in a puff. I also sleep with a satin cap and sometimes wig cap.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: I suggest to do your research and make sure it is something you want to do. Going natural is not for everyone, as some people have their own unique style. But, if you are seriously thinking about going natural, do it the right away — the more you wait, the more you will push it aside. It will also save you not only money, but also time.
Q. Any last comments?
A: I thank Motowngirl.com because you have provided so much info that I have needed during the years. I never thought there would be a website that caters to natural sisters and truly supports them. I also want to thank God just because he is AWESOME!