Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I’m originally from Jackson, Mississippi where the natural scene is practially non-existent. Presently, I currenty reside in Atlanta, where natural heads are everywhere!
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. My last relaxer was July 2007 and this upcoming June will be two years since my big chop. The hairstyles I wore during my transitioning included kinky twists, braidouts and microbraids. Transitioning with microbraids was tough and I will probably never get those again.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. My best friend went on the hair journey with me! However, she pressed the entire time, while I rarely press my hair. Previously, my family used to make snide comments, but now they aren’t as skeptical ,after recognizing the health and length of my hair. My older sister was helpful in braiding my hair with no complaints!
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. OMG – There has been so many benefits! Money saved from salon trips, hair that doesn’t break, unique hairstyles, no fear of rain/water/moisture, easy workouts among others.
A. I’m still trying out products, but I usually wash and deep condition every seven to ten days. Then I usually do a braid out or twist out with a raw shea + coconut oil + Carol’s Daughter oil butter mix that I made. This stuff is really good for softening my Type 4 hair.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Just go for it! There will be frustrating moments (uh, detangling sometimes) but it’s well worth it.
Q. Any last comments?
A: I love being natural! I feel more like myself and am enjoying healthy hair!