MG Spotlight – Tracy

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MG Spotlight – Tracy Spotlight - poeticallypurpleQ: Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?

A: I am from Dayton, Ohio living in Northern Kentucky. In the small town that I live in there are not many naturals, or African Americans for that matter, but in nearby Cincinnati, Ohio there are many lovely naturals that I see when I cross over the river.

Q. How has your experience been with natural hair?

A: I transitioned for about 8 months with micro braids and then on July 6th, I decided to do the BC!! At this point, I just decided that I was tired of relaxing my hair. I had been noticing so many beautiful styles I could do with natural hair that I called an old high school friend who does natural hair, and told her I was ready! I let her know that if she couldn’t get to me within a couple days, I was going to cut my hair myself, so that way I would not change my mind. As she chopped my hair I was nervous at first, but then I became more confident as I realized the transformation I was embarking on.

Q.How much support did you receive when you decided to go natural?

A. When I told people I was going to go natural, they didn’t believe me since I was always a wrap and go kind of girl….very particular about my hair and in love with my wrap! Either people in my life loved the idea or they were appalled that I chopped all my gorgeous hair off. Spotlight - poeticallypurple

Q: In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?

A: I love that I am able to wash and go. There is something about taking a shower, wetting my hair down, and putting on a headband that makes me absolutely LOVE my decision to be chemical free. I love being able to express myself with different hairstyles… hair is so versatile that I can have a different look everyday of the week if I wanted to.

Q: Have you had any negative experiences while wearing natural hair? How did you cope?

A: Living in a town that is predominately white, I do get a few stares…..but I think that it’s because they are just not used to seeing to African American women. Spotlight - poeticallypurpleQ What is your weekly hair routine?

A: Right now I am wearing small cornrows and a twist out or coil out. My daily routine is to wet my hair down, and use Shea Moisture to moisturize. Once a week I deep condition with either Pantene Relaxed and Natural or Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine. At night, I always wear a bonnet to protect my styles.

Q: What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?

A: Don’t worry about what others will think about your decision. Be free. Be you. Express exactly who you are through your hair!

Q. Any final thoughts?

A. I tried to go natural about 2 years ago, but immediately freaked out when I washed my hair and could not get the comb through it. I would say to those who are thinking about being natural, research using YouTube, and of course MotownGirl! ;) and make sure you are confident about the transition you are about to embark on….it will definitely change the way that you feel about yourself!! Spotlight - poeticallypurple

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