A: I am from the Dominican Republic and most of the women here love relaxed, straight hair.
A: When I turned 15 (Quinceañera) the only present I wanted was for my hair to be relaxed. However, my preferences have changed and I been trainistioning/natural for the past year. Back in August 2010, I relaxed my hair for the last time and on May, 17 2011, I realized that I couldn´t handle the two textures, so I cut my hair. Now I have been natural ever since.
A. I really did not receive much support. For example, my Husband was ok with me going natural, but most of my friends and family were like, what, why, are you crazy? I remember a old ¨friend¨sent me a message on Facebook and it said: Are you having a bad time in the United States? What is wrong with you, you look like a tiger with that hair. Why you don´t style it any more? Of course I can’t write my reply here (LOL)!
A: Since I have gone natural, I feel that I look better because when I go to the gym, I am no longer worrying about dealing with relaxed hair. My skin is more radiant, because I started eating more natural foods and vitamins. Also my daughter is more confident, as she used to hate her curly hair and now she loves it, because her Mom is a curly girl — just like her. I found a great community of women that are amazing and many have became my friends in this beautiful hair journey!
A: Most of my experiences have been good thankfully. There have been some minor issues, but overall I am very happy!!
A: My hair is like a baby to me and I pamper it often. I oil my scalp with my own mix called DailyCurlz Oil, which I sell on Ebay. For the most part I workout almost every day, I co-wash 2 to 3 times a week, but I do not detangle on those days. I do a deep conditioning treatment very week. Every 2-3 months I apply henna (too much gray hair) and I do a lot of pre-poo natural conditioner.
A: Natural hair is beautiful and it’s how God made you. Natural hair is versatile because you can style it in so many different ways. If you are thinking in going natural, you are not alone, there are natural hair websites and various hair communities on the web which should be able to help you.
Don’t forget that applying moisture to your hair, good eating habits and regular exercise are the keys to beautiful, healthy, longer hair. The rule of thumb with moisture is to listen to your hair. If you notice static, dry ends, a lot of tangles, or if your hair feels rough to the touch you are lacking moisture and need to add a deep conditioning treatment or a moisturizing conditioner to your hair routine. If your hair is limp or oily start cutting back on the moisture
A: Recently, I mentioned to someone, that I was natural and she asked “what does natural mean?” I answered it means that I do not chemically process my hair with relaxers. Looking back I wish I had said that I am a part of a community of women with curly hair who are accepting and embracing what nature gave them. Finding products that are not always mainstream, but work for the health of our strands all while looking good doing it. If you have any other questions regarding natural hair care please let me know.