Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am from Chicago, Illnois, but I’ve recently moved to New York. Everyday I see natural women in the streets and I am tempted to stop them and ask if they wouldn’t mind, if I took a picture of their beauty. (I avoid approaching them, because perhaps that’s weird!)
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I have worn my hair natural for six years. I transitioned for a year with extensions, but when the time came to cut the perm out, I requested that the stylist cut my hair all off. It really felt liberating, since I didn’t look in the mirror until two days after the big chop. At that point I was shocked as I had never had hair that length or that curly or healthy looking.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I went to a predominately Caucasian school and of the handful of African-Americans students, there were only three with natural hair. They weren’t overly supportive in my natural hair journey, but observing these other women really inspired me. Many of my friends loved the curly looked once I went natural. To the day, the compliments have not stopped.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. Overall having natural hair has been cheaper for me, since I don’t go to a stylist or make my own hair products. It’s been empowering to learn different styles and looks. It feels good generating less trash and pollution, since I have shied away from so many products. My curly hair suits my personality more than straight hair, as it’s funky, sassy, and definitely fierce!
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. I wash my hair once a week using “Apple Cider Vinegar rinse”, a shampoo, then a detangling conditioner, and lastly a deep conditioner. For styling I normally twist it up and keep it pinned up for a majority of the week. Once or twice a week I decide to rock a twist out. At night I wrap my braids similar to how you would wrap straight hair. Every other day I add water and a homemade moisturizer.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Don’t give into the fears that you may have regarding wearing your hair natural. Keep in mind natural hair is the norm for your body, so don’t think its an extreme thing! Really by wearing natural hair you are just going back to your roots…literally.
Q. Any last comments?
A: We attribute so much worth to our hair. Really there are more interesting traits about women, ranging from their level of confidence, a level of inner peace and their overall beauty. If you have some of these characteristics, in addition to natural hair, the power you hold as a woman is unstoppable!