MG Spotlight – Kendrea

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MG Spotlight – Kendrea


Kendrea

Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
I attend school in Durham, North Carolina and the natural scene is up and coming but very limited. A lot of African American girls on my school’s campus are going natural and embracing their natural hair. I feel very comfortable in Durham wearing my hair naturally even though it is not the “in thing” right now.

Did you transition to natural hair? If so, how were your experiences?
I transitioned for 6 months and cut my relaxer in March 2008. During my transition, I wore my hair in a ponytail and flat ironed it once in a while. Keeping up with two textures was a lot of work for me so I decided to go ahead with the big chop. Also, I wanted to know (for myself) that I could rock short hair and feel good about myself.

I felt good because I had several friends supporting me (Shout outs to Brooke, Veronica, and Waverly!) The hardest moments came when I was alone with the mirror checking myself out from every angle. I didn’t dislike what I saw (didn’t LIKE it either in the beginning) but it was such a big change that I started to doubt my decision. I was excited because I was learning about my hair and trying new things but I was also nervous because there was no turning back at this point…

Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
Definitely! I feel so true to myself. I toyed with the idea of going natural several times but would always get a relaxer at around the 3 month mark. The last time I got a relaxer, I felt so defeated as the nasty fumes hit my nostrils and I knew for sure that would be the last time…hopefully. And it was! The most welcomed surprise are the random conversations I have with other African American women about hair, products and daily routines. I’m usually don’t talk to strangers but I love talking to new people about hair!

What has been one of the best things about have natural hair in your experience?
No longer smelling the “perm smell” when I get caught out in the rain…no rotten eggs here baby!

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KendreaHas there been any differences in your life from going natural?
Definitely! I feel so true to myself. I toyed with the idea of going natural several times but would always get a relaxer at

How do you maintain your hair?
I try to do my hair myself. I wear a wash & go alot. For that style, I just wash and condition, add moisturizer and a few bobby pins and out the door. I also two-strand twist which is pretty self-explanatory. My new thing is experimenting with cornrows in the front. Hopefully my friends will let me practice my braiding skills on them.

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?
I have to have:

  • Shea butter, coconut oil
  • homemade mixture of vegetable glycerin/water/rosemary oil/suave conditioner
  • Jason’s conditioner (from Whole Foods

 

What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
Don’t look at hair journals and covet someone else’s hair. You won’t know what your hair is like until you are actually natural. Don’t get too caught up in the 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b hype… You will send yourself crazy and at the end of the day you still have only the hair that is on your head! Also, do the big chop when YOU are ready because when you look in the mirror you will see yourself looking back at you (only with short hair). Don’t get discouraged and label your hair as unruly/bad/super duper nappy/etc. if you try a few products and they make your hair dry or crunchy. I had to shop around ALOT before I found what works for me. Don’t be quick to spend your money (especially in these times) on expensive salon only products. My BEST products are the ones I make myself (like the homemade mixture), and my shea butter and coconut oil mix.

Kendrea


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