A: I am from Chicago, Ilinois. The natural scene here is becoming the “in thing” very quickly within the city. Normally, I only saw natural belles in the Southside Hyde Park Chicago, but now I am seeing it being embraced more throughout the city.
A: I have been wearing my hair natural for two years now. I chose not to do the big chop on my hair, instead I transitioned with sew-ins and bantu knot outs. Transitioning with sew-ins I found to be very helpful.
During this time, I was able to research different products and research other naturals with the same hair texture as my own hairtype. The first style I chose was the bantu knot outs. Even though I still had relaxed ends, this style prepared me for how I would look with natural hair.
A. I barely had any support except from my boyfriend and my sister. I knew that I needed a new look, and going natural was definitely for me. I am all about rocking something that others may not view as the “in thing.” For instance, after hearing from different family members and friends that thought I was crazy for going natural, it motivated me to continue my journey and prove them wrong.
A: Positive things about being natural, is standing out from the crowd. I am normally easily spotted. Being natural has allowed me to be even more comfortable in my own skin. It has also inspired me to put my vision on a blog and create a YouTube channel.
A: One main negative is stereotypes, I always get asked do I write poems or do spoken word?. I have also had a lot of negative comments from women of my very own culture. I always get asked why I don’t wear my hair straight, and why I choose to wear it natural.
A: I am the twist out queen. This is my easy go to style. I find it very helpful in my hair growth process. Shea moisture is my product of choice. I use this product to keep my twist out moisturized. I also use cantu leave in conditioner for extra coverage.
A: I would recommend the individual to do as much research as possible. In order to maintain your natural hair, you have to put a lot of time into it. If you do not do your home work your hair will be a major fail! Reading labels and trying to find the best product for your hair is important. it is not as easy as it looks. Also stay away for the heat (flat-ironing, pressing, blowdrying etc.)
A: Be comfortable in the skin your in! It’s not the hair, the clothes or the shoes, it’s the confidence that glows within.