Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
I am from North Georgia area. The natural scene here is really growing! At first if you were natural it was almost like “umm what are you doing?” or “why”, but we have an influx of naturals with twa’s, twists and dreds so it’s catching on here.
How long did you transition and how long have you been natural?
Well my mom did a fade cut on me and I love it! So it’s been about 2 years and 8 months now. For the third time…the two other times i went natural went to bust…due to the humid weather here in GA.
How you feel about your natural hair in the beginning?
In the beginning i have to admit it was a mental adjustment. At first I had to be comfortable with a boy cut and still make it jazzy. As I grew into the look, it started to worked out better. When my curls started forming it was a whole new world!
How much support did you receive when you decided to go natural?
I received tons of support from my mom, friends and family. They were all positive, but from the community and at my workplace, they didn’t understand why i would do such a thing. The support from my mom, family and friends helped out more than they will ever know because they helped me transition into something more me. Something divine which I came to realize. The naysayers were ammunition for me to rock the natural even harder!
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
Yes maam…the comfort level is through the roof. I am enjoying a new level of freedom. My curls taking on their own personality it fits right in with who i really am. It allows me to be free. Also to my stride has a swagger now and my smiles are bigger!
How do you maintain your hair?
I condition, condition, condition often! If I have buildup I use Dudu Osun soap to cleanse my hair which makes it soft! Then I use Rastafarean Lime/Mango Leave In Conditioner, which is a staple of mines. Depending on how I style my hair I may use Ecostyler gel, aloe vera, mango twist/loc gel, shea butter, IC gel. Or I will do my signature puff which is so easy and versatile.
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?
Water, Rastafarean Lime/Mango Gel, and my pantyhose headband!
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
As my friend tells me “it’s natural to be natural”. Just do it and make it your own. Add your own jazz to it!
Any final words?
Let the world know your divine; natural and all. Don’t be scared to be who you naturally are!
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