Where are you from and how is the natural scene there? I am from Austin, Texas. The natural scene is growing and I am starting to see more and more naturals!
How long did you transition and how long have you been natural? I transitioned for 8 months. I have been natural for 3 yrs!! (I am counting from my last relaxer.)
How you feel about your natural hair in the beginning? When I first did the BC, I said, “WHY DID I DO THIS AND WHAT WAS I THINKING”.
I had short, relaxed hair before, but looking at myself with short natural hair was indeed a shock – at first. After the first 15 minutes of looking at myself in the mirror I began to LOVE what was looking back at me.
How much support did you receive when you decided to go natural? Support? ha! The only support I received was from the online natural hair care sites. My friends kept telling me you had to have ‘mixed’ people hair to go natural and family thought I was crazy.
What has been one of the best things about have natural hair in your experience? FREEDOM! I think that speaks for itself. I can purchase the cheap suave conditioners and that will work just as good! If it’s raining I can walk to my car while others are rummaging for plastic bags and umbrellas. I stand out in ANY crowd and I discovered so many things in my kitchen I can apply to my hair!
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural? YES! It has changed so many aspects of my life. I dress differently, I have a new level of confidence, I wear BIG colorful earrings every chance I get, and I’ve never been in love with my hair like I am today.
How do you maintain your hair? I like to keep it simple. I mix my shampoo and conditioner together to shampoo my hair, I condition it, and then apply the same conditioner or a ‘deep’ conditioner and let it marinate for about 30 minutes. Rinse, twist, and air dry. Then later I just style my hair. I sleep on a satin pillow case. I used to use a bonnet but I find the pillow case suits me better.
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? These are my items of choice:
1. Pure and Clean H20 2. Conditioner 3. Silk scarf
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural? Surround yourself with positive people who will support your natural journey. Be realistic about your texture and your hair goals. Research and soak up as much information on natural hair from start to finish.
Any final words? Being natural can be a wonderful thing, don’t make it harder than it has to be. Embrace everything about it, love yourself, and know that you are beautiful. Don’t get discouraged, ignorance still exists, everyone won’t like your hair, but the only one that matters is you! Be you! And last but not least, accessorize and be creative!