Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I reside in Kalamazoo, Michigan and the natural hair scene is rapidly growing in this city. I am so impressed with the number of women both young and old that have gotten out of the relaxer chair, it is really refreshing to see. For the most, Kalamazoo is a college town, so I do see so many different natural hair textures.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I began my transition in 2007, so I have been natural for almost three years now. In the early stages of my transition, I would wear my hair predominantly in braids or in the kinky twist. Last year, I tried wearing a hair weave for the first time and I also wore a curly fro for a little while. Before the braids, I would just wash my hair and go. Since my hair is thick and wavy/curly, I would put in a leave in conditioner and some mousse and go.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I found that I first had to be mentally ready, in order to get the support from others. When I decided to go natural, I did not spend time wavering over it, I just took the plunge. Looking back, I did have support from all my family and friends. Most of them were watching to see if the change would be good for me. In fact, my experience helped a few of them to decide to follow in my footsteps.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. Since I have went natural, I feel that I have been saving money. No more scheduling monthly hair appointments or spending hours at the salon in the relaxer chair. In my opinion, you save time and money and your attitude changes, right along with your new natural outlook on life.
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. Back in March, I decided to go with locs. I am so happy with my new locs and it is very easy to maintain. You don’t need expensive products to keep your hair beautiful. For the beginning of this transition I needed to get my locs re-tightened, and then again every 6 weeks. That will be a temporary thing and I am very happy that it is cost effective and time saving. This process is very similar to planting a garden and watching it grow.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Take your time and think about it. If you decide to go natural, you will notice that you have not only made a decision to change your hair, but you will also probably change your outlook on other aspects of your life. For instance, you will probably change your opinions on fashion, your personal diet, which all encompasses a new attitude about the new natural you.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. Natural is beautiful! It’s carefree and easy to maintain. You will find life will be lovely with the natural you. If you decide to make the transition, you will be an inspiration to so many, that are watching you. Be sure to watch your confidence increase and that will also affect your swagger…so get to it!