Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am from Goldsboro, North Carolina and the natural hair scene here is slowly becoming more popular.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A.I have been natural for a little over two years now. I transitioned for 4 months before I did the big chop in May of 2007. I learned a lot from MotownGirl through the information available on this website.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I received most of my encouragement from my co-workers. My family still hasn’t quite accepted my change yet.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. I love not having to be afraid of getting my hair wet from the rain. Not to mention I really don’t miss the LONG visits to the beauty shop.
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. In the beginning, I washed my hair every day and I loved being able to do that. Currently I wash and condition my hair once a week. As for styling, I wear mostly braidouts and twistouts.
To maintain my hair I use a wide tooth comb to detangle my hair, a leave in conditioner for moisturizing, and my satin bonnet at night (to prevent breakage).
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. Research, research, research to learn as much as you can. Natural hair is more fragile than chemically treated hair.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. It’s not just a physical thing to go natural, it’s also mental. I had to explain my decision for change more than I ever imagined — now my self-confidence is so much better. Now I proudly tell people, “you like what you like and I like what I like.”