Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I’m from Houston, Texas and the natural scene here has become more and more popular over the last couple of years.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I’ve worn my hair natural (loose) for 15 months. I transitioned for close to three months before I did the big chop. It was difficult at first, because I have really thick hair, and with two differerent textures in my hair at once it was not a fun thing! I ended up sporting some kinky twists until I was ready for the chop.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I did not receive much support from anyone outside of my pastor, his wife, and their daughter-in-law. When I did begin to share that I had made the choice to go natural, most people laughed or called me names. If it had not been for my seeking the Lord and praying about my decision, I don’t think I would have gone through with it.
A. It is awesome to be able to wash and go and I don’t have to run from the rain (LOL)! This experience has just been so liberating to me and I just feel so free!
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. My hair is in locs now, but my loose hair routine was quite simple; I rinsed my hair with water every other day, and shampooed and condition it about every two weeks. The one product that I always applied to my hair was coconut oil and I also began using Hawaiian Silky conditioning spray. Once a month I would sit in front of the TV and put two strand twists in my hair. Then the following week I would wear a twist out.
Prior to my locs, I would use coconut oil, because it kept my hair soft and silky. Keep in mind you can use it as a conditioner, as you can leave it in as well. I would also use a satin scarf to cover my head at night (or to fold up and use as a headband), and a wide tooth comb because we all know there are days when fingers just won’t cut it..lol.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. Once you make up your mind, don’t let the opinions of others sway you. I prayed about it for a long time and that is truly where I got my peace. There were many negative comments and some nasty glances (mostly from people with relaxed hair & some black men) but at the end of the day it’s about how you feel. There will be days of discouragement, especially when it seems like your hair won’t cooperate. My best advice is to not give up and don’t give in.
Don’t let anyone try to convince you that you must use relaxer in your hair. All natural hair is GOOD HAIR, you just have to keep it moisturized. Stay true to you!
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. I recently started my loc journey, so it’s been a while since I had an afro, but ladies and gentlemen, going natural was the BEST thing that I could have ever done. Do a lot of research and make sure your mind is made up, otherwise you’ll wind up relaxing your hair again. As I like to point out to others — who enjoys chemical burns?
God Bless You All!!