Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
I am a proud member of G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised In The South)! I was born in Jackson, Mississippi but currently live in Memphis, Tennessee. The natural scene is alive in Memphis. I see more and more naturals everyday.
How long did you transition and how long have you been natural?
I transitioned for 10 months – I have been natural since June 2007.
How you feel about your natural hair in the beginning?
Once I mentally became ready for natural hair, I could not wait to see what would grow. I was an accidental natural in 2004 when I had a bad braid take down. While I loved the natural hair that came as a result, I was not mentally ready for natural hair. I wore a wig and braids for a few months before relaxing again.
How much support did you receive when you decided to go natural?
I had natural hair until I was 15 and begged my natural mother for a relaxer! My husband has been my biggest supporter. He even helped shape my ‘fro after the Big Chop. Being in the South, you get mixed reactions depending on who you talk to. My Southern mother who has NEVER had a relaxer said that she was going to beat me for cutting my hair off! But overall, most people accept it as my choice. Those who don’t understand it, CAN’T understand it.
Has there been any differences in your life from going natural?
I feel better. There is an awakening that happened to me when I went natural. I became more aware of myself and my surroundings. It’s like taking the blinders off and seeing for the first time.
What has been the best thing about being natural?
For me the best thing about being natural is realizing how much versatility I have with styling my hair and it’s very liberating and I LOVE knowing that my hair IS natural.
How do you maintain your hair?
First and foremost love yourself no matter what you decide. And keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. Just like most decisions in life…it’s all mental and forever changing…that includes your hair. In the evenings I usually spritz peppermint oil and water on my hair to loosen it up so I can moisturize my ends and braid it up for the night. And I sleep on a silk pillow. Every so often I’ll use the baggie method on my entire head with a creamy conditioner. And I’ll give myself a hot oil treatment about once a month. The care of my hair is forever changing based on it’s growth.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and had to choose 3 things for your hair, what are three things you would have to have for your hair and why?
Aussie Moist Conditioner, Vatika oil and a computer with some satellite internet! I could always co-wash with the Aussie, use the Vatika for deep conditioning and the computer to keep up with my online sisters at Fotki and MotownGirl!
What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
Do it for YOU and not anyone else because when you are standing in that mirror with 2 inches of hair, you are not going to look like Erykah, Jill or Tracey. It will be the YOU the brown girl in the mirror with short hair!
Any final words?
MotownGirl…what can I say…I can’t remember how I found you, but sis I’m so thrilled that I did! Thank you so very much for sharing your experiences and knowledge. To anyone that asks me about my hair, you best believe, your site is the one I always pass on. God bless you and keep on inspiring!
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