Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
I’m originally from Louisiana, but I now live in Chicago. The natural scene is cool in Chicago and Louisiana. I love the diversity in Chicago and I feel free to wear my hair out often.
Did you transition to natural hair? If so, how was your experiences?
I didn’t really transition, I didn’t even know what natural was. In 2005 I graduated college so I was really busy and didn’t really have time for relaxers so my last relaxer was in March and after that I was too lazy to do it and when I moved to Chicago, I didn’t know what to do with my hair because I now had two textures and I was telling one of my friends and she was like you should just go natural, so I googled natural and motowngirl.com came up and I read everything on the site and I cut my hair that same night, it was actually fun. So I have been natural for 3 1/2 years.
Did you have any support during your transition?
Everyone loved it, because it was different and I’m away from home, so I don’t think anyone will say anything negative since they only see me like twice a year. I really didn’t asked anyone how they felt or if they liked it because it really didn’t matter to me, maybe they didn’t like it, but they didn’t say anything to me.
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
I loved my hair in the beginning because it was so easy, just wash and add conditioner, but when it started growing I didn’t know what to do to it, So I cut it again in Nov. 2006, at that moment I realized I can’t keep having short hair in Chicago, because its so cold, so then I started experimenting with various styles and looking on the internet for encouragement. Now I think I can do just about everything and I will not cut it again that short, I”am loving my hair right now.
What has been one of the best things about have natural hair in your experience?
Yes since going natural I actually like my hair now, prior to being natural, I would color it with blond highlights, I also did it red, I would curl it, do whatever to it, because I really didn’t like it, it wasn’t healthy, I couldn’t really get it wet, I would wear tight braids, it didn’t really matter to me, but now I really take great care of my hair and I also have been eating more natural, I stopped eating beef and pork.Best The best thing about being natural is not worrying about scratching my hair so I won’t get chemical burns. Also I love when I wear my hair curly all the time and then I can flat iron it and be amazed how long it grew.
How do you maintain your hair?
I wash 2 – 3x a week depending on how much I work out. I deep condition once a week and I use Shampoo once a month and I flat iron on special occasions. I wear a bun daily and I moisturize my hair nightly with shea butter and coconut oil or sometimes I use vegetable glycerin and shea butter and I sleep with 4 braids and then bun in the morning. When I have plans to go somewhere I would set it on rollers or I would wear a flat-twist or braid out… I forgot to add I do ACV rinse after every wash to give my hair a nice Ph balance, get rid of any product build up and to close my cuticle.
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?
1. Shea butter because this is the only thing I found that can keep my hair moisturized without adding buildup.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar – I love how my hair feels after I use it and I need to make sure my hair has a Natural PH Balance.
3. Coconut oil – because I know my hair will be shinning and well moisturized.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
The best advice I would give is to go natural for yourself and not for anyone else. I would also like to say that it may not be that easy at first, but it will take trial and error to get the right products and techniques that will work for you and once you’ve done that, the rest is a piece of cake.