Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the natural scene is definitely craving for more.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I transitioned for six months and during that time I mostly wore kinky twists. Since February 2008, I’ve had completely natural hair and surprisingly, I never had negative feelings about my natural hair. I also have to admit I was always fascinated with the curly kinky coils growing out of my scalp.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. Unfortunately I didn’t receive any support from my family or friends. Everyone would always say “why did you cut your hair?” Now those same people are surprised to see that my hair is almost longer than their chemical treated hair. These days they give me all the support they can give. On occasion, they’ll ask me if I will ever go back to chemical treatments? But I believe they *know* what the answer to that question is!
Q. Has there been any differences in your life after going natural?
A. Yes, there has been differences in my experience. For some reason, I don’t get as many headaches as I used to get when I relaxed my hair. I also feel in-tuned with myself these days since going natural.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. The best thing about being natural is that I get to be free and I feel different from what society has deemed African American women to be!
Q. If you were stranded on a deserted island and had to choose three items for your hair, what are three things you would have to have for your hair and why?
A. Water to keep my hair hydrated, castor oil to seal my hair and a head scarf to protect my hair at night.
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. I mostly wear my hair in cornrows or in twists for two weeks. When my hair isn’t in braids or twists, I like to wash once a week. I am trying to get in the habit of leaving my hair alone most of the time (because I can’t keep my hand out of my hair) My hair thanks me for that!
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. No matter what anyone tells you, remember that the decision to go natural is only yours at the end of the day.
Q. Any final comments?
A. Don’t be afraid to search for the inner natural you!