Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I live in Baltimore, Maryland and there are many natural sisters here. I often exchange advice and tips about natural hair with the women I meet in my travels.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. I have been natural for three years. I did not transition or do a big chop (cutting off all my relaxed hair). Basically I just stopped relaxing my hair and gradually had my hair cut until it was all natural.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. Yes I did. My mother and aunts were a great support system, since my mother and aunt went natural before I did. My boyfriend on the other hand had to get adjusted to my change. He wanted me to wear my hair blown straight all the time, while I prefer to wear my hair wild and curly (wash and go style). He even asked me to get a relaxer one time which really disappointed me. But now he now loves my natural hair due to witnessing the health of my hair improve. I do wear my hair blown straight sometimes during the winter months to switch it up.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. It has to be the 360-degree change for the better in my hair. My hair is more healthy and is still growing!
Q. How do you maintain your hair?
A. I go to a natural hair stylist every two weeks where I receive great care with my hair, which includes deep condition treatments and my ends clipped when needed. At home I wash/condition my hair with Creme of Nature products, along with Cantu leave-in conditioner (this helps to prevent my curls from frizzing). I also give myself hot oil treatments with olive oil and rosemary occasionally.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A. If you’re not feeling confident, seek a natural hair stylist or someone that can do natural hair. Don’t think your hair will change over night because it will take some time.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A. I LOVE MY NATURAL HAIR!