Q: Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A: I live in Willingboro, New Jersey, which is close to Philadelphia. There are many beautiful heads of natural hair in this area. I see locs and twists and afros along with a wide variety of natural styles everyday.
Q: Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A: I transitioned for exactly two years (I’ve been fully natural since April of 2009). Doing a long transition worked great for me, because I wanted to maintain a certain length and just trim as my hair grew. The two textures were sometimes tricky to handle, but I mostly wore a variety of cornrowed styles and braidouts.
Q. Did you have any support?
A: My greatest support came from my best friend and my husband. They both offered a great deal of encouragement and were very excited to see the end result.
They didn’t allow me to feed into any negative comments from others that were either discouraging or not very excited about my decision.
Q: In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A: I get lots of compliments on the natural styles that I wear and lots of questions when I’m wearing it big. My hair feels very soft and I no longer have to endure those pesky chemical burns.
Q: What is your weekly hair routine?
A: I tend to focus on moisture and protective styles and I feel fortunate since I’ve found my staple product line (Bee Mine Products). Their products are made with natural and organic ingredients. I use many of their items from their product lines. My hair thrives on moisture and I do a lot of co-washing and deep conditioning. I oil my scalp regularly and moisturize my ends.
Q: What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Go online and learn all you can and let women who have made that change help you through the journey. Lastly, embrace your natural hair – every texture is beautiful and never let anyone convince you that you don’t have pretty hair.
Q: Do you have any final thoughts?
A: I would love to see more women choose to wear their natural hair. I think it is unfortunate that our society still throws so much negativity at kinky coiled natural textures. We are strong beautiful women and I believe we should unite and encourage one another, rather than breaking each other down.