A: I’m from Georgia, and the natural scene has really picked up in the urban area. It brings me joy to see that so many women are confident enough to rock their natural hair with pride.
Q. How has your experience been with natural hair?
A: I’ve been natural for a little over a year, I tried transitioning initially, I had gotten a relaxer and I also had color in my hair, I forgot that I couldn’t use a regular relaxer for color treated hair, so as I was rinsing it out, big clumps of hair was rinsing out too! I tried holding on to the hair that was left, I greased my scalp with grease, washed frequently and wore ponytails. Nothing worked, so finally one day I got out of bed and chopped my hair off. A few days later I went to get it cut even and its been onward and upward process from here on!
A. I received a lot of support from my mother, she is completely natural and has hair that comes to the middle of her back. No one else knew I was natural other than close family, because I wore wigs, but in the process of doing that my hair grew tremendously!
Q: In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A: Learning what’s really good for your hair, being able to share that information with new naturals, or those that have been natural and just didn’t know which products to use. I enjoy talking about natural hair, along with making my own products. I must admit I love it all. Also I really appreciate how I am different from others and now I am able to exude confidence with whatever hairstyle I decide to wear.
Have you had any negative experiences while wearing natural hair? How did you cope?
I’ve had some family members ask me why I’m doing this and tell me that they don’t like it. Really other than that I’ve had no bad experiences, plus I really don’t care what others think. I love who I am, and what I represent.
A: I cowash 2x weekly, I use a wide tooth comb to detangle during each cowash, deep condition with coconut oil mixed with some of my leave in conditioner. Normally I usually wear my hair in an afro puff. I try not to do stressful styles on my hair. I oil my scalp with a castor oil / coconut oil mix. Lastly I do the Baggy Method frequently throughout the week to help protect my ends.
Q: What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Moisture is the key! We were taught that we should keep our hair away from water, but keep in mind water is your hair’s best friend. I spray water on my hair daily and seal with coconut oil and my hair loves it! I would also say that you have to have a lot of patience when maintaining and growing natural hair. It’s a process, but its so worth it.
Q: Do you have any final thoughts?
A: Please check out my Youtube Channel and my Facebook page. I am here to answer any question you may have on your journey, or just be an ear to listen to your frustration. Either way Im here for all Naturals worldwide! Thank you so much for this opportunity.