A: I currently reside in Southern New Jersey in the surrounding Philadelphia common area. In Southern New Jersey the natural scene is not a strong one, but it seems as though more people are gaining an interest. Previously, I lived in Central and Northern New Jersey, as you travel north in New Jersey the more natural styles can be found, as people wear them with pride (especially locs).
A: I have been natural for three years. I transitioned from wearing relaxed hair by letting my hair grow out for months. Shortly after I cut off all of the relaxed hair after I noticed the relaxed ends were getting weaker.
As far styles I utilized during my transition, I wore wigs and head wraps since I was slightly uncomfortable with my natural hair. One day I wanted to expose my afro at a college event and loved every minute of it. Soon after embracing my afro, I began my loc’d journey.
A. My immediate family was shocked. In the beginning, I had very little support. I suppose my family, friends and associates where uncertain of how I would look without a relaxer, wigs or weaves. Some of them even mentioned the probable difficulty I would face when applying for a job.
A: I became more comfortable with my natural self (hair, skin, body type and even my beliefs.) I also noticed that I loved myself more and began to observe some of my facial features were standing out more.
A: The day I wore my afro to an event for the first time, I got a lot of attention (mainly stares.) Overall I felt I looked very cute that day, so I just used that experience to display my confidence, wear my hair with pride and ignored the stares. On a positive note, a young man approached me and complimented my afro, then asked me if I was getting locs. I told him yes, and after he requested for me to remove my shades and I complied, he mentioned that I would look beautiful with locs.
A: I rinse my hair with water in the shower whenever I feel the need for a refreshing feeling (bi-weekly). I wash my locs about once month with herbal shampoos then let my hair air dry. I give my locs a daily light spray of a few drops of oil (with vitamins), some rosemary herbs and plenty of water mixed in a hair spray bottle, which leave my hair smelling nice and scalp moist (not itchy). Every 2-3 months I wash my locs, then re-twist and style with no gels/waxes.
A: Don’t be afraid. Be confident. Natural styles have a long standing in history and it is the people who are lagging behind. Be patient with your hair, allow it to “breathe” and grow. Don’t weigh down your hair with too many products. When in doubt go organic or choose a product with vitamins. Take the time to look up different styles on the Internet and be adventurous. Natural hair is very versatile, don’t let the media/friends/family/etc. fool you.
A: Grow and change with your hair. You hair is an extension of you and should be a sign of individual growth and acceptance. Let the natural you shine through, because it is true