Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
I’m from The Bahamas where it’s pretty hot and often humid for the most part.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural my entire life. I’ve never relaxed or texturized my hair.
What has your expreiences been like ?
My family has always loved natural hair and we don’t like the idea of using chemicals in our hair. I’ve always been told “don’t you ever relax your hair! You will learn to take care of it!”
I must say that, It’s odd to me that usually old fashioned black women are the only ones who ever seem to dislike my hair (not that I care much, haha). Guys in general and non-black women seem to rather like my hair.
What has been one of the best things about have natural hair in your experience?
Well, it is great not to having to run from the rain (haha). Plus, I imagine it is a cheaper way of living.
How do you maintain your hair?
Well, my mum usually helps me with my hair. She’d plait it and row it and what not. But since I’m going off to school I’ve been learning how to take care of my hair myself. I find it’s true, the best time to comb my hair is when it’s wet. I’ve always been told not to leave my hair out just after washing it or after it’s wet, though I do like the “wash and go” look.
Anyway, my point is that I’m still doing a lot of experimenting with styling etc. As for caring for my hair, I like shampoos/conditioners with balsam (like Flex), but I like head and shoulders for dandruff. I usually use a bit of grease in my hair to help with combing and locking moisture.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had to choose 3 things for your hair, what are three things you would have to have for your hair and why?
A wide-tooth comb, a good shampoo/conditioner 2-in-1 with balsam that can deal with dandruff too (lol) and a good gmoisturizer.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
Conditioning your hair is pretty important…especially for curly hair.