A: I’m from Chicago, Illinois and the natural scene here is beautiful, as I see beautiful natural women all around me.
A: I have been natural since April, 2006 when I did a big chop, as I did not want to go through with dealing with two different textures in my hair.
A. When I first did the big chop in 2004, I did not tell anyone. I wasn’t prepared then, so I put a relaxer back into my hair after lasting only 8 months. My husband was also mad about me cutting my hair off. The second time was in 2006, when I was more mentally prepared, I went to a shop and told the guy to cut all of my permed hair off, which left me with about 1/2 inch of hair, my husband was not happy then but I got support from family and friends. Eventually my husband fell in love with my hair and now he is my biggest fan.
A: Some positive things I have experienced while being natural is the freedom of versatility. Now I can wear my hair straight or curly. The weather doesn’t impact me, since I don’t care about my hair getting wet in the rain. I also love mixing products in my kitchen to see what I can come up with for my hair, and the girls in my family are all natural. My daughters and niece love their natural hair, since they are confident in their beauty and what being natural means. I am pleased to say that I played a big part in their beliefs.
A: In the beginning I did have some negative experiences, for example my husband called me a “butch” and my mother and aunties thought I was depressed and not happy with myself. At times I did feel unattractive, but all of that is in the past now.
A: I don’t have a set regimen for my hair, although I am currently working on one. However, for the most part I wash my hair with shampoo, maybe once or twice a month. I also do a lot of conditioner washes and I try to deep condition, along with adding olive oil to my hair when I am out of shea butter. I enjoy mixing things up to see if I can come up with some super moisture treatment for my hair.
Regarding natural hair styles, I mainly like to twist my hair in chunky twists or big box braids and wear it pinned up for work.
A: Do your research and know in your heart this is what you want. Don’t go natural for no anyone else but yourself or you may find yourself putting another relaxer in your hair. Love what you have been blessed with!