Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I’m from Dallas, Texas and I find it really does depend on which neighborhood you are in, as the styles vary. For the most part, women here wear lace fronts, weaves and relaxers.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I’ve been natural for about a year and a half and I transitioned because I could not chop my hair off all at once. I have to admit that my experience was frustrating in the beginning, since the only way I was able to deal with the two different textures (kinky natural hair and straight relaxed ends) was by wearing ponytails. Over time things began to get easier, as I was able to manage my natural hair texture.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. Actually, I was convinced to go natural by my girlfriend. Originally I was against making the change. I did find that after I went natural, she started liking my hair more and more, so I began to accept my hair. Now when I look back, I’m glad I decided to go natural!
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. Having natural hair makes my hair more healthier and thus I am able to retain growth compared to my damaged relaxed hair. If you are an attention lover you would love natural hair, because it definitely does get others attention.
A. I condition my hair everyday in the shower. I really like using Sally Hershberger Conditioner, although I find that product is expensive, so I use whatever conditioner I can get my hands on. About once every two weeks I shampoo my hair and for styling, I usually do a wash-and-go with a head band. Currently, I am wearing two-strand twists and loving them!
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: JUST DO IT…and do research. It may seem like a lot of trouble at first, but it is really kind of fun experimenting with your hair – ‘it’s like a new experience everyday.’
Lastly EMBRACE is the keyword for going natural!