Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am originally from Arkansas, but I moved around a lot in my life and currently I am living in the Philippines.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. This is the third time I have attempted to go natural. I believe the main reason I switched back and forth is because of the looks that I received from most people (especially here in the Philippines). The last time I did the big chop was back in October 2009. Presently I am determined to stick with wearing my natural hair, so I strongly doubt that I will go back to relaxed hair.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I received a mixture of support and negativity. Before I moved to the Philippines I lived in Columbus, Georgia for five years where the natural scene is definitely alive. In fact, while I was there I motivated a lot of people to make the transition to natural hair.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. One of the best things in my opinion has to be not worrying about sweating out your relaxer. Also, I walk a lot so wearing natural hair is a great benefit for working out. Being chemical free, it seems like I have not had to worry about excess shedding. Lastly, it’s such a feeling of freedom and I recommend it to anyone!
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. I am someone who don’t wear a style longer than a week, so I wash and condition my hair with Design Essentials products about once a week. I wear it twisted or braided (without extensions) or I wear my hair in an afro.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: You have to learn to ignore the looks and the comments. Being natural is great, so do not be ashamed to flaunt the hair that God blessed you with.