Q: Where are you from and how is the natural scene there?
A: I am from Maryland and the natural scene here is booming. Everywhere I look I see the two extremes, natural hair or weaved/extensions.The whole Maryland area has always been known for great hairstyles and more recently I am definitely noticing an increase in natural styles on both men and woman, which also includes locs.
Q: Did you transition to natural hair? If so, what were your experiences?
A: I have worn my hair natural since the beginning of last year. When I look back I wouldn’t say that I did a big chop, because I had been gradually cutting my hair for sometime. When I took the micro braids out, I had the last 1/2 inch of relaxed hair off at the salon. After that I was left with about 3 inches of healthy natural hair.
Q. Did you have any support?
A: My family was very supportive, but my friends kept giving me the “so what are you gonna do with it look?” Until my friends began to understand my natural hair styles, the ease of maintaining my hair and low expense, they finally begun to “get it.”
Q: In your opinion, what has been some of the best things about having natural hair?
A: The versatility and the ability to do my own hair has been the positives and I am thankful for the experience.
It has also made me more aware of my diet and overall health and well-being.
Q: What is your weekly hair routine?
A: I usually co-wash my hair daily if going with any loose natural curl/coily style. Other than that I use a Chagrin Shampoo bar about once a month and deep condition at least twice a month. I don’t utilize a lot of spritz except when styling without a fresh wash. My hair stays pretty moisturized when I am wearing my wigs and sealing the ends of my hair with my oil.
Q: What advice would you give someone who was thinking of going natural?
A: I would suggest to that person to give it a try especially since we try different styles all the time with relaxed hair. Why not accept and give the hair texture God gave you a try.
Q: Do you have any final thoughts?
A: Why on earth is it considered normal to go through all of the trouble of chemically and permanently straightening our hair? On the otherhand in some circles it is considered revolutionary to just leave it the heck alone.