Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I have always lived in New York and there are a good amount of naturals here.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I’ve been natural for the past three years (since 2006). While I was transitioning, my roots were extra curly, but the ends would be super straight which was a challenge to deal with. During that time I didn’t know what to do with my hair, so I would always have on a headband or I would put it up into a bun.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. I had natural hair previously, so honestly I am not sure if anyone really cared (lol). I got a relaxer while I was in the 10th grade, but I found it made my hair shed a lot. So this experience made me decide to go back to wearing my hair natural.
Q. Has there been any differences in your life after going natural?
A. One of biggest differences for me has been that I don’t have to worry about the weather (when its going to rain). I have also found my hair is thicker and healthier. There is a nice sheen to my hair after I wash it – I don’t even have to put any products in it! I find that I have less split ends and I spend less money on getting my hair done, since I mostly do my own hair — instead of going to a salon.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. I absolutely love the versatility that I have with my natural hair. One day I could just rock my afro and the next day I can blow it out for a straight look.
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?
A. A leave-in with shea butter, castor oil (which I swear by), and a widetooth comb.
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. I co-wash every morning and put a leave-in conditioner, along with olive oil for shine. Before going to bed at night, I apply castor oil to my scalp and ends, before putting on a a satin bonnet. As far as trims are concerned, I really don’t have a set time, as my secret continues to be trimming as I see fit.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. Just go for it! Your hair will be at its healthiest and grow thicker and longer. Overall it is just easier to maintain.