Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
Hi I’m from Boston, Massachusetts (A.K.A. Bean Town) and the natural hair scene a few years back was little to none. However for the past 3 years I’ve noticed more and more naturals.
How long did you transition and how long have you been natural?
I transitioned for about 1 1/2 years. I started in the later part of 2006 through early 2008. did my BC on 4/25/08. Hooray!!!
How you feel about your natural hair in the beginning?
I felt mixed emotions about it. I was happy and unsure at the same time. Honestly there are still times where I struggle with the short length and limited hair styles, but under no circumstances will I turn back. I’m natural for life!
How much support did you receive when you decided to go natural?
Surprisingly more than I thought! My family, friends, and co-workers encouraged and supported my decision to go natural.
What has been one of the best things about have natural hair in your experience?
the best thing to me about being natural is feeling free and unrestricted! I just want to walk around sporting a T-Shirt quoting “The Real Deal”!
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
Yes, the most important difference is the exception of my natural hair and who I really am. I can still remember when you couldn’t pay me a million dollars to go outside with my “natural hair” showing! I look back at that and feel really sad because we are so beautiful!!!
How do you maintain your hair?
Since I’m still in the beginning stages I’m pretty much a PJ! (lol) but as it stands I pre-condition with various oils, co-wash with Suave Humectant, deep condition with Miss Jessie’s deep conditioner, switch up with some of MotownGirl’s home recipes, and for daily moisture I spray a mixture of rosemary oil, water and use Miss Jessie’s Baby Butter Cream! Can’t live without it baby!!! : )
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?
My 3 things would have to be Water for hydration, Miss Jessie’s Baby Butter Cream for moisture (my expensive staple), and a scarf for the tresses.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
I would advise a person to go natural for personal reasons of their own. Don’t do it because you think it’s a “cool fad” or because your girlfriend is natural. The fact is that you will experience mixed emotions mentally and physically (hair wise). This is why it’s so important that the decision is yours!
Any final words?
I would like to thank MotownGirl for such a wealth of information! Honestly I couldn’t have done it without you!:) Also to my Nubian sisters on Fokti, God bless you for your lovely hair albums – I learned so much from all of them. As fas as hair products goes thanks to Carol’s Daughter, Oyin, Qhemet Biologics (I love them all). I just thank God that all this information is only a click away!