What made you decide to go natural?
I decided to become natural in 2010, I transitioned for about 6 months. A few factors influenced my decision, one being I was tired of looking the same. My hair had been relaxed since 9th grade and every year after that I look exactly the same. lol. Another huge influence was that I was working at the Columbus Museum of Art under the Contemporary Art Curator, she is a professional woman of color with big, beautiful natural hair. I was also getting peer pressured by some of my friends. lol.
While natural, what is the one biggest regret /mistake you made?
I can honestly say I don’t have any regrets on my natural journey…so far, so good!
What is the craziest hairstyle or treatment you have done to your hair?
Before my hair and I really bonded, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I guess it’s like when you’re first trying to get to know someone, you have to feel them out first. So I did a lot of things that didn’t really make sense, lol. Not realizing my hair NEEDS moisture daily was a big one
What is your current relationship with your hair?
My hair is great during “cuffing season”…Winter, Spring, and Fall for the most part. And then in the Summer…she turns into this crazed disobedient creature. I’m still trying to find ways to fight humidity. Other than that, we’re good :).
What is the trick or technique are you most thankful for finding out about?
I feel like I don’t know any special tricks or techniques :(. The one thing I always do is detangle in the shower, but I feel like every natural girl knows that, that’s in the natural girl commandments “Thou Shalt Detangle in the Shower!” But if anyone knows anything about fighting humidity/frizz let me know!
What specific products can you not live without?
I LOVE Creme of Nature Conditioning Shampoo and Kinky Curly Knot Today. Both make your hair very soft and easy to detangle. Excellent Products!
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
Advice I’d give to anyone going natural is just to exercise patience with your hair and everything you do to it. I am very content with my growth after only 2yrs and I think it’s just because I’ve allowed it to do it’s own thing without much manipulation. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I would also say it’s important to become apart of the community, the natural hair community is very positive and extremely uplifting. I love it.