A: I’m originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, but now I am living in Denver after Hurricane Katrina. There isn’t a huge black population here, but we do have a significant amount of people who wear their hair natural.
Q. How has your experience been with natural hair?
A: I stopped relaxing my hair as soon as we moved here to Denver. At the time, I was really worried about moving from an extremely humid climate to a dry one, and the effects it would have on my hair. My daughter was already natural, but we were having a challenge trying to figure out what products to put in her hair. I wore wigs, weaves and braids for about three years, before I finally embraced my natural hair. Presently, I’ve been a wash and go queen for just over two years now and it has been a great experience so far.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. For quite a while, my sister and husband were urging me to stop wearing wigs and braids and just go natural. Keep in mind, the whole process is a mental transition as well. When I finally did it, I received so much support from my family, along with co-workers. During this period, I really needed it, since I was 38 years old and really hadn’t embraced my natural hair, since I was a kid.
Q: In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A: Just complete FREEDOM!!! Freedom from chemicals, freedom from pricey salons, freedom from a fear of water….you name it, I feel it. I’ve always wanted wash and go hair and now I finally have it. I couldn’t be happier.
A: I condition-wash about 4 or 5 times a week. As far as styling goes, I’m a wash and go girl and so is my daughter. We walk out of the house with wet heads every morning and we haven’t gotten sick! There are just so many myths out here hindering others from going natural. For the most part, I primarily use Kinky Curly Products and Aubrey Organics. I love, love, LOVE coconut oil as a sealant, as well as a moisturizer for my skin.
Q: What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Make sure you are mentally ready to make the transition. Understand you need to be patient and don’t expect your hair to look like someone elses head of hair. Lastly, understand you need to give your hair time to come into its own. All of us look for quick results, just remember it doesn’t happen overnight.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A: Always remember water is essential in healthy hair. Embrace it.