How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for over 3 years. My last relaxer was in December of 2007 and I transitioned for 7 months.
What made you decide to go natural?
Honestly, my dream hair was big and curly. I still can’t believe I was hiding that under my relaxer. I started my hair journey just wanting to grow my hair longer and found so many beautiful natural heads online. I was inspired and curious to see what my real texture was like.
While natural, what is the one biggest regret /mistake you made?
My biggest mistake was buying every product I read about and using them on my hair at the same time. How in the world was I going to figure out what my hair likes by doing that!? It actually took me a couple of years to settle down into a routine and find a handful of products my hair loves. But I sure did waste a lot of money and time.
What is the craziest hairstyle or treatment you have done to your hair?
I’m sure there are many but the one that sticks out is a homemade avocado treatment with a not ripe avocado. Oh boy. I was picking the chucks of avocado out of my hair for hours! I have had better success with avocado and homemade concoctions since :).
What is your current relationship with your hair?
My hair and I are pretty exclusive. When I love her she loves me back. I remember the first year after I big chopped, I was so impatient. Now I feel like I’ve have learned so much and we have a good thing going on.
What is the trick or technique are you most thankful for finding out about?
Low tension protective styles. People tend to think that natural hair is strong and can withstand anything. That is completely untrue. I have thick, dense and coarse strands but my hair will break if I do styles that are too tight or cause tension. Twists have been my go to style this past year and have successfully gotten my hair over the arm pit length hump. They are also really easy to style and maintain. So while my hair is avoiding manipulation and my ends are protected I can still be cute.
What specific products can you not live without?
Water, water and more water. But for products I absolutely love Kinky Curly Knot Today, Rhassoul Clay and Castor Oil. But I am always open to try new things and add products to my staples.
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
Try not to spend a lot of time worrying about what other people are thinking. A lot of people may just not understand or it may not be their style. Just enjoy your hair and your journey. Plus in a couple of years they will be asking you for tips. And take lots of pictures! Sometimes you don’t think you are making progress and you are.
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