Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I’m originally from Long Island (New York) and Pennsylvania. just recently I relocated to Maryland for college. Currently, I live 10 minutes outside of Washington DC. When I first moved here, I was amazed at how many people had natural hair, from afros to locs and of course twists.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. Between my classes and my job, I didn’t have much time to do hair so I had always worn scarves. However, when I moved off campus, I decided to cut the relaxed ends of my hair, because when my natural hair began to grow out it was hard to maintian (the difference in textures). I’m proud to say I’ve been natural for just over 5 years now!
In the beginning I didn’t like my hair, because I had absolutely no clue how to style or how to maintain it. I would experiment with every single hairstyle that I came across (along my hair journey there were so many wrongs – lol). I knew I had to be persistent and try new styles because you will eventually find something you like.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. During my transition to natural hair I can honestly say I had a lot of support. All of my friends and family thinks my hair is beautiful.
Q. Has there been any differences in your life after going natural?
A. When I first decided to get a relaxer my mom was against it. When I look back I just wanted to be able to do my hair and not depend on anyone else to style it.
These days I don’t have to worry about my hair as much, if I don’t have time to style it, I will simply spray it with water and pull it back. Also, when I travel its easier to maintain because I don’t have to bring a bunch of products and heating supplies (such as curling irons and flat irons etc).
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. Having the freedom to be versatile with my hair! I don’t have to worry about breakage, I can just just wake up, wet my hair and go!
Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and had to choose three items for your hair, what are three things you would have to have for your hair?
A. A wide tooth comb, gel, and hair accessories (like a scarf, or barrettes and hair clips). I need to be able to comb separate and pin my hair how I want, and of course gel is just every girls best friend.
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. I make sure to wear a scarf at night, wash my hair and condition it on a regular basis. Every few months I will trim my ends and lastly on a daily basis I keep my hair moisturized.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. Just go for it! It’s just hair, and it will always grow back if you don’t like it. For me there’s much less hassle, it’s easier to maintain!
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. No matter what hair type you have, try to find hair products that works for you. Every type of hair is beautiful, you just have to be open to trying to do new things.