Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I live in Mississippi and there is a good amount of people wearing natural styles here, but I find the natural scene is only concentrated in certain areas.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I honestly don’t remember when I went natural. I believe it was sometime in early 2007, when I had a short haircut and shaved nape. At this point, I just stopped getting my hair relaxed and began to wear a “wash and go” look before I finally got my friend to do the cut. I have to admit I was so afraid of looking like a man at the time, but it worked out, and I haven’t looked back. Since then I have had to learn my hair all over again, get acquainted with it and its personality.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. From the people I’m surrounded by I would say I had 50/50 support. Everyone was cool with what I had done, but there was not a lot of advice or help when it came to trying to figure out how to care for it.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. It’s great to be able to scratch my scalp whenever I want to. There’s a freedom that goes with you like “yeah I did it and it’s gorgeous!”
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. I wash and condition once a week along with deep conditioning once a month. At night, I twist or braid it up and sleep with a silk cap. When I get tired of my good old fro, I’ll twist my hair for something different. I’m currently wearing kinky twist (weave) now, but I do miss my hair!
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Find as much information as you can, before getting started, so you know what you are getting into. Consult with a person that specializes in natural hair care, so you won’t be totally lost. Also be sure to find out what works for your natural hair!
Q. Any last comments?
Respect the ‘Fro!