Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am from Brentwood, Maryland and I’ve lived here my entire life. Unfortunately the natural scene here is lacking, but I have seen some people wearing afros once in a while. More recently I have noticed a couple of girls at my school with natural hair, so hopefully, this “trend” may catch on.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I big chopped in October 2009, so I haven’t been natural for very long. I transitioned for 8 months or so, and it was actually easier than I initially thought. So I found a quick and easy style to use for my transition –which were roller sets. I wore my hair in that style everyday which was a great, as I could switch to some other styles with it, such as an up-do, or as a “faux” puff.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I only disclosed it to my mother, aunt, and grandmother, but I was really preparing them so that they wouldn’t be overly shocked when I cut off my hair. During my transition, I became overly excited about it, and it started to get on some peoples nerves, so I stopped talking about it for a while. Once I big chopped, everyone in my life was supportive.
Q. Has there been any negative experiences with your natural hair?
Thankfully I didn’t experience anything negative. My co-workers were not very enthusiastic about it (didn’t let their views impact me) but I received some awkward looks from them, not many compliments. However, at school, everyone loved it and I was taken back at how much they liked my hair.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. I love being able to get my hair wet whenever I want to and not worry about it. Not to mention I love the low maintenance element — natural hair is just so versatile and easy to care for.
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. I wash it whenever I need to and I twist it up when I want to give my hair a break. I make a point to use Cantu Shea Butter Creme everyday to moisturize my hair and to keep my hair from getting dry. Other than that, I wrap it up at night, and that’s about it. I love how easy it is to take care of a teenie weeny afro TWA.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
I would tell them not to be afraid. If the decision is something that you want to do, I truly believe it will benefit you. Also, don’t let others bring you down. People are going to like one thing and others are not – so don’t put yourself on hold for other people and do what’s best for you.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. I love my natural hair and I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world!