MG Spotlight – Kristen

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MG Spotlight – Kristen


Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?

A. I am originally from Detroit Michigan, but I now live in Seattle, Washington. I found the natural hair scene in Detroit to be practically non-existent. However In Seattle, I have encountered a lot of curious looks with my hair. Wearing your natural texture out here is ideal for me, because it rains a lot here!

Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?

A. Due to a disaster while removing sew-in extensions (my hair became extremely matted) I did not transition. So technically, I unexpectedly did the big chop in February of 2007 and have been rocking my God given texture ever since!

I wore my sew-in for close to 3 months, then I got a chance to really see the coil pattern of my new growth, I had originally planned to grow out my relaxer upon removal of the sew in weave, however when I removed my braids and went to wash my hair, I found I could not detangle it as my hair was matted beyond comprehension. At this point doing the chop was my only option and I was initially scared to show my face, but I got used to my TWA (teenie weenie afro) after a few days.

Q. Did you have any support?

A. I was too scared to ask for support from back home. I was raised on relaxers and pressing combs, not to mention an avoidance of water and affinity for long hair. I must admit I was scared to tell my mom that I had chopped off my hair! I was conditioned to believe my natural texture is not beautiful. I received a lot of “it will grow back” responses, and other looks of surprise. My husband, though somewhat taken back at first, handled it well. He loves my curls now!

KristenQ. Has there been any differences in your life after going natural?
A. I didn’t realize how stressful the maintenance of my chemically treated hair was until I didn’t have it anymore. Go figure, the relaxer was supposed to make my hair more manageable – which it did in some respects. But now, I am not “allergic to rain”, now I feel as if my hair is exclusive to me. When people ask how I get it a certain way – I can attribute a lot of it to my natural curl pattern. Now I find that I am not stressed before work, as many times I just takeout my twists, tease my hair and go! The pressure is off!
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?

A. I now enjoy experimenting with different types of natural oils, remedies and other products. It has helped me to become more educated about natural hair care and the bond I now have with other naturals. It is also nice to get my hair wet on purpose and not to worry about my hair as if my world depended on it. I realized my mood, my day, my life, my confidence, all depended, my health efforts, all lied upon my hair, but now I control my hair, it does not control me!

Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and had to choose three items for your hair, what are three things you would have to have for your hair?

A. I would bring a large supply of Curly Buttercreme to enhance my curls, a comb to detangle and fresh water. Keeping in mind if I am stranded on a desert island, I would probably be surrounded by salt water — which I wouldn’t want to wash my hair with.

Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?

A. If you are thinking of going natural, ask around and do research until you are no longer considering it. Make sure you are knowledgeable about how to maintain your natural texture so that you are not disappointed in the process and the results. Alsom be Open & make no expectations about how your given texture will be. Not everyone’s texture looks like some of the mainstream actresses with looser curls and not everyone’s should!

Lastly, don’t let anyone or anything condition you to think that your natural kinky texture is ugly. Be proactive, instead of reactive about how you wear your hair. Style yourself for you and no one else! If you are not sure how to style your natural mane in a fun, sexy, professional and other cute ways, view pictures, consult a stylist, or someone whose hairstyles you admire. Your hair will love you if you just let it be itself!!

Q. Any final thoughts?

A. I would just like to thank my husband for being super supportive, and always showing his love & desire for me, even on days when I didn’t. I am appreciative to, along with other informative outlets, that cater to natural hair care, and all the makers of the products that I use regularly. I’m also thankful for the entire community of other naturals that I have come across who show their support, and not forgeting every natural before me who paved the way, and give us all thereafter, the confidence to embark on this journey!

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