Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am from Orange County, California and I have been noticing more natural heads than I did five years ago in my little neck of the woods.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I transitioned for about two years and I wore weave extensions during that time. After that period I had no clue what to do with my hair in its natural state, so I continued wearing hair extensions. In 2004, I had my hair cut short for a makeover. I must admit that I wasn’t happy that the hairstylist cut my hair so short, but, as it started to grow, my hair began to look really strong and healthy.
During this time I was extremely self-conscious and for the most part I was wearing the press and curl style, which could take almost two hours! I’m sure you can imagine how I felt if it rained or I sweated it out that night while sleeping.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. My family and friends were very supportive about my decision to go natural. One day while visiting my mother I took down my hair and she screamed, “Oh my, what are you going to do with all of that thick stuff on your head?” I am finding that I receive that same response whenever someone sees my hair down for the first time.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. For me it has to be watching my hair grow and thrive. Honestly, I wasn’t even aware that natural hair could do this. I truly love the versatility my natural hair gives me, as I can go from a longer length to a short fro in only two to three hours depending upon the weather.
Q. Did you experience any differences in your life with your natural hair that you didn’t experience with relaxed hair?
A. I went through many positive changes: beginning with a better understanding of myself, the overall experience which has helped in building my character and just knowing how strong and committed I can be to accepting my true natural self. Even though I am well over 21, I still don’t know my natural hair like the rest of my body, as I went the relaxer route most of my life. So I truly embrace this journey and the ability to learn as much as possible about my natural hair.
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Realize that it is a journey, not just a walk in the park. There are going to be some ups and downs, so keep in mind that you just have to keep pushing through. In the long run, not only will you learn about your hair, but more about yourself during the journey. Read everything you can about natural hair care, visit this website and others often. Find someone who has a similar texture or that you believe has a similar texture and ask them questions about how they have met their goals and what has been their biggest challenges. Lastly, don’t try to do this alone, there is tons of information out there.
Q. Any last comments?
A: I would like to thank the ladies on internet hair-boards, every single book I have ever read about natural hair care, along with all of the ladies who I met and talked with one on one regarding natural hair care. Also I want to thank you MotownGirl for getting me started on this journey the right way. I had no clue about what natural hair needed in order to thrive, but in December 2005, I decided to learn from you and your website. MotownGirl.com was one of the most thought provoking sources for me in the beginning. I soaked up your information like a sponge and created my own hair diary and Fotki hair album. You were kind and patient when I contacted you and I must give you credit for being original. For that I can never thank you enough!
Since you mentored me, I was able to guide others and help them embark upon this wonderful journey. I always tell people each individual should teach another one. I am a firm believer that one day through all of our efforts, that naturalness will be a real norm in society. This is my vision for women of color without all the attention, whether it is negative or positive. I would also like to thank my current mentors. They do not let anyone define who they are and continue to work with what they have to thes fullest. They seem to love life and share a passion for helping others on this natural hair care journey. Grow and be natural everyone! Blessings.