A. I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina where the natural hair scene is growing rapidly! For example I recently attended a Maxwell concert and I was pleasantly surprised at the number of women with natural hair in the audience.
A. I have been wearing my hair natural since November 2008. I attempted to transition to natural hair twice. During the first transition I wore roller sets (Dominican blow-outs). As my new growth started getting thicker, the stylist convinced me to get a texturizer and that ended up being a disaster! The second time around I was armed with more information (from this site and others online). I only transitioned for 3 months because I couldn’t deal with the two drastic textures (kinky and straight).
A. My husband was supportive, but I didn’t disclose it to the rest of my family, as I did not want to be discouraged or talked out of it. There is a natural hair group on the Internet that helped me along the way with lots of encouragement. Also, my close friend had recently did the big chop and she helped to steer me from going back to the chemicals.
A. The best thing about being natural for me has to be the freedom! I can swim, workout, and rain is no longer “kryptonite.” I used to worry about getting it wet, breakage, etc., but now I just keep it moisturized and figure out what new styles to try next!
A. I “condition wash” weekly, then at least once a month I shampoo with Dr. Bronners soap to clarify and my last step is to follow up with a deep conditioner. Normally I will use henna every other month. For styling, I usually put my hair into twists with a shea-aloe mix which provides hold and softness you don’t get with hair gels. In the winter months I wear protective styles. These days, I’ve been trying to perfect my flat-twist bun.
Research before taking the plunge. Be confident, focus on your own hair since everyone’s head of hair is different. Lastly don’t forget to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
A. Transitioning to natural hair is a transformational process. It’s not for everyone, as many of us are resigned to the mindset that we were born into. I must admit the old saying holds true “when you know better, you do better” especially in this instance. I wish I had done this years ago, because It has changed my life for the better!