Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I’m from Brooklyn, New York and there isn’t a large natural presence here within the neighborhoods. However, if you venture out into the city, you will find a lot of natural beauties! I think this is the case because a lot of the people who live in Brooklyn descend from the West Indies. Being Haitian myself, I’ve noticed the stigma that is placed on natural hair.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. Currently I am still transitioning and for the most part I wear protective styles like kinky twists. Right now my hair is out, but I still haven’t got the courage to clip the remaining relaxed ends off.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I must admit that I am appreciative for the large amount of support that I have received from my friends. Even my best friend has decided to go natural with me. On the other hand, my family is still a bit on the fence about my decision.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. I love not having to go to the hair salon and pay X amount of money to get it done. I am aware that hair doesn’t define a person’s “blackness,” but I personally feel more in touch with myself.
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. Once a week I co-wash with VO5 conditioner because it works amazingly well for something inexpensive! I try to moisturize as much as possible, and every night I sleep with a silk bonnet. I love using Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk because it is an amazing moisturizer.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Don’t get wrapped in curl definition and “defining your curls”. Love your hair as it is and it will love you back!