Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
I live in Central Florida and the natural hair scene here is virtually non-existent. The women are either relaxed, or weaved, or a combination of the two.
How long did you transition and how long have you been natural?
I transitioned for about 4 months and I’ve been natural for 1 year on 7/21/08!!
How you feel about your natural hair in the beginning?
I’m not going to lie I wasn’t shocked right after my BC but after I washed my hair and my curls were standing at attention, it was instant love. I don’t remember a time where I didn’t like my natural hair.
How much support did you receive when you decided to go natural?
Everyone I came in contact with whether family, friends, coworkers or perfect strangers complemented my hair. They admired the drastic change, and thought the decision for me to go natural was befitting to my personality.
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
Everything is different! My confidence level, my self image, my belief in what I can do with patience and understanding…What’s beautiful to me is more naturally based. I am more in touch with my self and others. It has helped me accept my self for who I really am (as cheesy as that sounds).
How do you maintain your hair?
Firstly I use only natural products and ingredients. No sulfates, -cones, parabens, or words that I can’t pronounce go on my tresses. I especially like making hair recipes with everyday kitchen ingredients. Right now I “conditioner wash” daily and apply a leave-in conditioner and go. On the weekends it’s hot oil treatments and deep conditioners in protective hair styles. If I have build up I’ll shampoo, but I’m not big on shampooing my hair.
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?
- Conditioner – because my hair needs to be hydrated.
- Leave-In Conditioner – so that my hair is protected all day.
- Hair Oil – for my scalp to be balanced and my curls defined.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
Please do your research first. Immerse yourself in other sista’s pages, natural hair care sites and forums. Don’t try to make your hair look like someone else’s, accept your own texture for what it is. Be patient with your hair, and have realistic expectations. Don’t do a BC unless you are more than ready.
Any final words?
Motowngirl.com is the true search engine for natural hair care, and going natural. After I found this site and cried my eyes out (with tears of joy) I made my appointment to do my BC a month early. I was more than ready. This site gave me the confidence that I needed to embrace my natural essence.
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