Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
I am from Amsterdam which lies in the Netherlands. The natural scene out here is very alive. You see a lot of young girls and adult women that have natural hair. However, we do not have many domestic manufacturers for natural products.
Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
My transition time wasn’t that long, because I let my mother cut all the relaxer off. Yes, the big chop! That happened when I was 19 years old. I have been natural for 7 years now.
Did you have any support?
I did get support from a group of close friends and some family members. Some never really saw my type of hair, the others thought that it was just somethinig temporary. Really I was thinking about a long term change.
What has been one of the best things about have natural hair in your experience?
The best thing about being natural has to be the fact that this journey told me a lot about myself. To patient and calm and that my hair is doing what it wants to do, but to always love and respect it.
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
Yes, the last five years it have been a love and hate relationship with my hair. During this period that I have been natural I’ve styled, pressed, coloured and cut my tresses a couple of times. Now at this moment I came to realize that I needed to tweak my hair routine. Recently I started to educate myself about kinky and coily hair, along with the use of different products. That is the reason why I started a weblog, I wanted to create a journal about my hair and how to take good care of your hair and learn to respect and love it.
I started my own shop in Amsterdam making natural hairand skin products. In the Netherlands you don’t have many stores that really concentrate on the care of tight coils and curls. Fortunately there have been some webstores and hair salons where you can buy international brands and I’m working very hard to become one of them. (Unfortunately) the weblog and webstore are both in Dutch but please feel free to leave a comment when visiting.
How do you maintain your hair?
Well, in the beginning I did not take the necessary care but more recently I started to explore the use of natural products like shea butter. I just love this product, as it makes my hair feel so soft. It
definitely helps to moisture those ends! Furthermore, I like to experiment with existing products such as Qhemet Biologics. My favorite oils are olive, avocado soy, and jojoba oil. These oils are full of fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Keep in mind I only put them in my hair when it is wet. I find this process is actually the best way to use oils. I do not wash my hair that often, maybe once a week. Every two weeks I will use a shampoo but only on a weekly basis I will use a conditioner – as my hair tends to get dry very fast.
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?
A conditioner, a leave in-conditioner and shea butter. Since I am stranded on a deserted island there will be enough water to co-wash any time.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
The advice that I would like to give is to think about the reason why you’re going natural. I would like to encourage those that want go natural to love themselves and their hair type. Coliy/kinky hair is good hair just like any other type. Also collect as much info as you can and visit weblogs and websites that assist naturals. It really helps!
Do you have any final comments?
Love and nurture those coils and kinks and they will love back!
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