A: I’m originally from Jamaica, but have lived in Baltimore, Maryland for the last 22 years. There’s quite a large group of women here in my area with natural hair, ranging from afros to locs, etc. It is also nice to have quite a few salons for natural hair located here.
Q. How has your experience been with natural hair?
A: I first cut my hair back in March 2001 and my plan was to grow it out. Later I reverted back to relaxers for two months in September 2004. The following year, I transitioned back to natural hair so I could start wearing locs. Then for close to five years, I wore locs before cutting them off in July 2010, and ever since then I have been wearing my hair naturally.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. Overall, I did receive a lot of support. Some of the feedback I received from different people was very complimentary, as they thought I was more attractive with natural hair compared to relaxed hair.
Q: In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A: Although for me, having natural hair does require a bit more work than a relaxer, the positives are that I worry less about my hair breaking. It is also nice not having frizzy or really bad hair days. Another big plus is not having to worry about going to the gym or sweating out my hair. Lastly, having natural hair is way more convenient for me, since I am a fitness instructor and seem to be always in the gym.
A: Go for it! Don’t be afraid to go against what is considered the norm. I have bad hair days sometimes, but knowing that I won’t wake up and find my hair still laying on my pillow is a huge comfort.. Honestly, I find it much easier to experiment with natural hair than with a relaxer.
Q: Any final thoughts?
A: Now I find that I’m proud of my hair even when it’s unruly! Having natural hair in a lot of ways gave me more self confidence…still not sure why. I can honestly say that I don’t regret my decision at all to go natural.