Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
Raiford Florida, I’ve met several people that is natural or thinking about becoming natural.
How long have you been natural and what has your experiences been like
I began to transition in June 2007 and I became natural January 2008. I have been natural for 6 months. I had mixed emotions at first wondering what people was going to think or say once they saw me, but their actions was reversed.
Did you have any support during your transition?
My family was not supportive and even advised against it. They all asked me if I had gone crazy. They had never seen me without long hair. They asked how I would get jobs and if I wasn’t worried that my hair wouldn’t grow back.
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
Yes, I have a sister that is 5 years older than me, and I got tired of people asking me if I was older, so once I decided to go natural and add some color I do hear that any more.
What has been one of the best things about have natural hair in your experience?
One of the best things about going natural is feeling free and not have to worry about all of those chemicals ever again. I can also wash my hair as much as I want and don’t have to worry about new growth – LOL!
How do you maintain your hair?
I wash my hair any day of the week unless I am wearing a style. I always shampoo and condition my hair. I rarely use a comb in my hair, I style my hair with my fingers – I don’t have a lot of shedding.
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 shampoo, conditioner and gel to use for my twists.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
Make sure that decision is your own, going natural is a big decision and be ready for the challenge.