A: I’m from Philadelphia. The natural hair scene here is growing and well accepted. Natural hair salons are beginning to show up throughout the city. Just stroll down Center City or take a walk along Kelly Drive or Penns Landing, and you’ll see lots of curly haired natural women.
Q. How has your experience been with natural hair?
A: It’s been just about 2 years. I transitioned for about 7 months before I cut off the relaxed ends. I’ve worn my hair much shorter in the past, so I was well prepared for how it would look. The first few months I wore twist outs or a curly fro with a headband.
A. I received an enormous amount of support from the natural hair community. Watching YouTube videos inspired me to start my own channel and blog. I wanted to share what I learned so others could use the information to achieve a successful transition like I did.
As far as family and friends are concerned, they’re always supportive, so it was a great experience overall.
Q: In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A: Some of the positive things I have experienced are overall strength and growth. My hair has less breakage, split ends, and is thicker then when it was relaxed.
Q: Have you had any negative experiences while wearing natural hair? How did you cope?
A: I have not had any negative experiences wearing my hair natural. There has been a few hurdles to overcome, such as dryness and knotting, but I learned quickly how to maintain my hair through daily moisturizing and proper care.
A: The See My Healthy Hair Grow network is currently sponsoring a 2011 Hair Growth Challenge. During this period, I’ve been concentrating on maintaining my hair with protective styling. Braids, mini twist, and buns are a few of my favorite protective styles. Some of the methods that I use, in order to keep my curls clean and tangle free are co-washing, deep conditioning, and wearing my hair in stretched styles. A few of those styles includes, twists outs, braid outs, and buns.
Q: What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Going natural is a great way to gain longer and healthier hair. Once you’re able to find products and techniques that work well for your hair type, it will be smooth sailing. Surround yourself with positive people who are on the same journey as you. Support is essential during this period. There are several women who inspired me and that’s why I felt so confident transitioning and eventually going completely natural.
Q: Do you have any final thoughts?
A: Trial and error is your best friend. Don’t give up! We’ve all had bad hair days whether natural or relaxed. Get inspired and join a forum or natural hair gathering. There’s a solution for every hair concern or problem. Best Wishes on your natural hair journey!