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.
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.
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.
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…..my hair is so versatile that I can have a different look everyday of the week if I wanted to.
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.
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.
A: Don’t worry about what others will think about your decision. Be free. Be you. Express exactly who you are through your hair!
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!!