Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I am from Philadelphia. The natural scene here is very diverse with twists, locs, braids, afros etc. I’m not sure if it is due to the whole Neo-Soul Movement or not, but natural hair is definitely embraced in this area.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I love to color my hair and for me lye and dye never really mixed well, so I decided to go natural. I received my last relaxer back in November 2004, and six months later I did the big chop. When I did the big chop, I hated dealing with two textures and putting heat on my hair to get both of the two textures to blend. For me, having short hair really wasn’t a super big deal, especially since I had a “Halle Berryish” short haircut two years before.
A. At the time, when I decided to go natural I was in a relationship. I was never one to alter my look for anyone, especially a man, so I informed him of my decision to go natural. In retrospect I don’t think it was the idea of “going natural” that he saw as unfavorable, but it was more due to the fact that I was cutting my hair off. It definitely took him awhile to adjust, but eventually I think he came to like the natural look.
My mom was supportive, although, I don’t think she really understood the different options that were available for me to style my hair. My father, on the other hand didn’t like the idea at all. I also vividly recall him saying a couple of negative comments once I cut my hair and begun to wear afros.
My friends were supportive, especially one friend in particular. She was a fellow natural head, and I think it was her encouragement and reassurance that gave me the confidence to take the natural plunge.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. VERSATILITY! I am famous for wearing different hairstyles. I love being able to go from a two-strand twist, to a fabulous blow-out, to a fierce fro. I also enjoy being able to stand out amongst a sea of weaves and relaxers.
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. I wash and condition my hair every week, except if I wear two-strand twist, in which case I wash every two weeks. During the warmer months, I do a lot of wash and go’s and co-washing. I try to only use natural hair products and I am a certified hair junkie.
A: Going natural and being natural is not for everyone; however it can be very rewarding if you are truly dedicated to seeing it through. Entering a natural hair journey will have you questioning the standard of beauty and will test your confidence.
Most importantly, embrace the hair texture that you have been blessed with. I don’t believe in good hair/bad hair, because every hair type has its pros and cons. So love the hair on your head and have fun experimenting!
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. I love being natural and have loved every moment of it…including the difficult moments. With each year, every new hairstyle, or for each inch of growth I have learned something new. At this time I would like to thank MotownGirl for continuously educating us about natural hair. MotownGirl.com was the very first natural hair website I ever visited, and five years later I still continue to visit this site often for natural hair tips.