Q. Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A. I currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina where the natural hair scene here is growing rapidly. You will find many people, both men and women wearing locs and others with loose natural hair.
Q. Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A. My last relaxer was on April 21, 2007. During my transition to natural hair, I wore weaves, braids, wigs, and finally did the big chop back in January 2008.
Since I have constantly changed my hairstyle, I was kind of indifferent to my completely new look and viewed it as a new challenge for myself. Overall I was okay with my hait texture, but I was somewhat concerned about how my new husband would respond. Thankfully, he has been very receptive and supportive. However his only request is that I don’t cut it all off like a brush cut. Although, I feel that I could have carried off the look, I respected his only request about my hair.
Q. Did you have any support?
A. My husband is my biggest supporter along with other friends and co-workers that are always complimenting me – especially when I strutted my afro. In fact, my experiences have inspired several of them to go natural.
On the otherhand, my grandmother is old fashion, she did not like the comb twist style that I wore in the beginning.
Q. In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A. I am free from relaxers! Also I love the way my hair feels especially since it has thickened up.
Q. What is your weekly hair routine?
A. My routine varies on the style I am wearing at the time. For example, if I am wearing an afro, I braid my hair every night with olive oil. If I am wearing comb twists, I just use a olive oil moisturizer. When wearing a “wash and go” hair style, I use my favorite styling gel and moisturizer and rinse daily. Presently I’m wearing locs which don’t require as much work, compared to my loose hair styles.
Q. What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: Be patient and be innovative. Get on the web and learn about your hair and how to take care of it immediately. I refer any new beginners to both MotownGirl and to the natural hair channels on YouTube.
Q. Any final thoughts?
A: My hair is often the topic of discussion. For example, my daughter-in-law has converted. Also, two of my good friends and a couple co-workers are now considering going natural. There are so many sistas that say the same thing. “I want to do it, but I am afraid of how I will look in the beginning.” Well I say, God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind…plus this beautiful head of hair!