Where are you from and how is the natural scene there? I am from Dallas, Texas and I have noticed the natural scene here is beginning to grow. I believe it will take some time before others are confident enough to go natural, as when I look around my community most of the woman are still wearing relaxers.
Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences? I transitioned twice, beginning initially when I first found this site — transitioning for 6 months before I chopped it off. During my second transition I relaxed my hair back in November of 2007. It has now been over one year since my second big chop.
Did you have any support? I received a lot of support from some members of my family — they realize I am strong-willed when I have my mind set on accomplishing a goal. Once I did the big chop my mom and sister made fun of me though, as I was always in my hair trying something new.
In your opinion, what has been one of the best things about having natural hair? I have to say the best thing about going natural is being unique. When I go to a meeting at school I find with being natural that I don’t look like most of the African American students. The majority of the students have either perms or weaves. I love the fact that I can wash and go to class, as it has been a huge time saver for me.
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural? I found both times that I have gone natural it has changed me both mentally and spiritually. Really I feel so much more connected to God and centered. Also with being natural, I don’t have to worry about coming up with money for a perm or weave. Now I can just wash and go these days!
How do you maintain your hair? I do wear wigs a lot, so I wash my hair once a month with a peppermint shampoo and deep condition with a Sarleem Wheat Germ Conditioner and Miss Key 10 n 1 conditioner. I use a mixture of peppermint, rosemary, tea tree oil and to moisturize my hair and scalp. Not to mention my hair loves aloe vera gel. I have also had success using Seabreeze in between washes, along with trimming my ends about every 4 months.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had to choose 3 things for your hair, what are three things you would have to have for your hair and why? Honestly at times I feel like being on a deserted island, since I am an unemployed college student. To answer your question, I would have to have my oil concoction of black jamaican castor oil, almond oil, peppermint and other essential oils. I know I am over my limit (for items) but I would like to have aloe vera gel to keep my edges and ends in check, along with my spray bottle with water, glycerin and peppermint.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural? I would tell anyone that you must be ready to go natural for you and not anyone else. It has been challenging at times to go natural, because some African Americans believe that you should only wear your hair natural if you have “certain textures of hair”.
Do you have any final comments? I love the fact this site has grown so much. Congratuations MG!