Where are you from and how is the natural scene there? I am from Chesapeake, VA, but I go to school in Richmond, VA. The natural scene is growing here in the Central VA area, since we aren’t too far away from the DC area where the natural scene is large.
Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences? I transitioned for about a year. My last relaxer was April 2007 and I did the big chop on April 10, 2008. So my first nappiversary is right around the corner on April 10, 2009.
Did you have any support? I received a lot of support from my family, as they know I am strong willed when I have my mind set on accomplishing a goal. Once I did the big chop my mom and sister made fun of me, because I was always experimenting with my hair.
What has been one of the best things about have natural hair in your experience? The best thing about being natural has been inspiring others to go natural and maintain healthy hair. Personally I have been inspired by so many naturals on MotownGirl.com, Fotki.com, and YouTube to continue this journey of healthy hair.
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural? Yes, I think all naturals hit a point where they work on cleansing the inside of their bodies, as well as the ouside. Recently I began working out more, eating healthy, using more natural products for my hair and body, and just living the best life that God has for me.
How do you maintain your hair? I co-wash weekly and try to keep protective styles during the winter months. During the summer, I love my wash and go’s! I deep condition my hair at least two times per month and shampoo once a month. I also moisturize my hair daily and oil my scalp at least twice a week.
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? Shea butter, conditioner, and a widetooth comb. If I was on a deserted island, I would still want to look my best and I have found shea butter is the best moisturizer. Not to mention I can co-wash and detangle my hair if needed.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural? Go for it! Find a transitioning style like micro braids, twists, sew in that works for you. Do a big chop and learn how to style your hair from short to long. I would emphasize condition, condition, condition and
moisturize your roots while transitioning. Research natural hair care and learn as much as you can, before you big chop.
Do you have any final comments? I would like to thank the ladies of MotownGirl.com for inspiring me to continue on my natural journey.