Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
I’m originally from New York state, but I’m currently living in Yokosuka Japan (naval base). The natural scene down here is starting to become big. Being that there are many women on the base that are in the navy, they rely on either micro braids, or relaxers. However, I have seen plenty of women that are natural, which makes me happy!
How long did you transition and how long have you been natural?
I transitioned for 4 months and I’ve been natural for 5 months. My entire experience has been a roller coaster – full of ups and downs.
How you feel about your natural hair in the beginning?
When I first did the big chop I was self-conscious! I used to get a lot of looks, both good and bad. I believe that if you decide to go natural you have to be mentally prepared.
How much support did you receive when you decided to go natural?I didn’t receive much support from my family, but I received a lot of compliments from Fotki members! i just had to remind myself that i look good natural or relaxed!
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
I’m not judgmental as I used to be! When I used to see a person who was natural I would say to myself “man they need a relaxer”. Now I’m like “BEING NATURAL IS THE BEST THING EVER!!” When people talk negative about having natural hair it BUGS the mess out of me, but then I have to realize that i was one of those people, and they’re just IGNORANT!
What has been the best thing about being natural?
You can do just about anything to your hair. You don’t have to worry about it at at gym etc. BEING NATURAL IS THE BEST THING EVER! I LOVE MY HAIR!
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?
GOODY BRUSH- lay my edges down
FANTASIA IC GEL- lay my edges down, and make my curls more defined
WATER- GOOD FOR MY HAIR!
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
Think about it first and make sure its something that you really want to do.
Any final words?
I love this site! It’s the best natural hair site I’ve found.