Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I’m from Memphis, Tennessee and honestly the natural scene around here is almost non-existent. For the most it can be really challenging to find hair products for natural hair offline.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I have been natural for a little over one year now. I actually transitioned for six months during my senior year of high school and that experience was truly horrible, since I had the urge to release my curls and get rid of the assimilated hair. I finally gave up the fight when my aunt made a beauty shop appointment for me to get a straw set to hide the two textures and instead I decided to go to the barbershop next door to cut off my hair.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. Since my family was all together for Christmas, I decided to do my big chop at that time. It wasn’t a very Merry Christmas that year when I came home nearly bald. I was practically alienated by my entire family the days following.
However, my friends at school happily accepted my new look, as it even inspired one of my friends to go natural also.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. The absolute best thing about being natural is being able to use what I eat to do my hair. I am a vegetarian and love going to the grocery store for avocado and olive oil while shopping for my own meals and never leaving the fruit and vegetable section. One of my favorite earlier experiences with my hair came during my senior prom, where I sported the cutest mohawk and didn’t have to deal with “sweating my perm out” on the dance floor. It is so convenient to have a hairstyle that sticks, instead of one where I would be tortured and burned only to have it ruined in the humidity.
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. I have recently gotten into using Carol’s Daughter products. I shampoo with Khoret Amen and Rosemary Mint only when I have to or when I have run out of Apple Cider Vinegar to clarify with. For a conditioner, I use their Black Vanilla Leave-In. Lastly, I am in love with shea butter and I usually rub it in my hair whenever it feels less than soft.
These days, I have been wearing my hair in yarn braids for a protective style and to just change up my style a bit.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Some people say that blondes have the most fun, but really it’s the natural ladies. God made natural hair the way it is for a reason, so really who are we to try and “correct” what wasn’t even broken or supposedly a mistake?