Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am from Columbus, Ohio by way of Cleveland, Ohio. The natural scene is hungry for more!
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I transitioned three different times. After the third time, I was truly able to figure out why I had been unsuccessful in my prior attempts. My main problem was I had been going to hair stylists who kept convincing me to “loosen my curl” by texturizing my hair. In 2004, I began searching the Internet for answers and from there I was able to successfully transition over the course of a year. In January 2005, I did the big chop..
When I transitioned, I knew I had to make a decision fast or the creamy crack (relaxer) would call out my name again. My two textures would eventually reach a point of discontent once more if I didn’t disconnect the processed hair from my chemical-free hair. My two textures didn’t like the same products and predictably would become unmanageable. I had to break the communication between the chemical free strands and the chemically processed hair. I had to find help.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I did not have any support offline (family or friends), but had tons of it online. Without Nappturality.com, Fotki and MotownGirl.com…I would not have successfully transitioned.
Q. Has there been any differences in your life after going natural?
A. There is ministry in our tresses and “I have been called to testify.” The book I’ve written called: The Knotty Truth is my first book of many which will enlighten, educate, and inspire others to live on purpose by embracing their birth right, rejecting the negative stigma that has been assigned to our hybrid coils.
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 and why?
A. Water, castor oil and a scrunchie to hold my hair back.
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. I don’t trust beauticians, because 99 percent of the advice that I’ve received was incorrect. It’s not on purpose however, I believe it is because the industry does not teach us about us. So it’s important to seek knowledge and to court wisdom on the care of our hair. I now have locks after wearing my hair loose for 2 years. I locked from braids Fall 2006.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A.I break it down into three areas: 1). See your vision (post pictures/envision) 2).Write it down (set goals, timelines, make a vow to yourself in writing that you will stay chemical free and date it) 3).Network with sistas during your journey, so you will have the necessary support system.
Q. Do you have any final words?
Some may say that I’m too serious about this natural hair thing. I’m just passionate about the little girl inside of me and I want to make sure our daughters truly love who they were created to be. I’m serious about rejecting the stereotypes, that scream we are not pretty enough unless our hair blows in the wind. It took me so long to love who I was created to be, I am driven to reach back and bring my sisters with me. Like Harriet Tubman said, “not all want to come, but I will stretch my arm out all the same to grab those who dare to manifest the beauty within.” Be Ye Transformed by the renewing of your minds…