How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since October 2011. After struggling with tangled relaxed ends 2am in the morning, and a 2 inch afro beneath…I had enough. I chopped it all off. Of course I was then left with an uneven fro and no idea what to do with it. LOL!
What made you decide to go natural?
I had relaxed hair for about 6 years up to that point, and actually never took care of my hair on my own. I went to the salon for EVERYTHING. Once I finished medical school and started internship, I was overwhelmed with work, and didn’t want to have to deal with my hair. So I weaved it up, and as usual left the care of my own hair + weaving to the professionals. Well….at the end of that year I had a big broken off patch (about 1 inch long) at the back of my head. I was very upset about it. I had also just moved to another country, and didn’t have a stylist who I was comfortable with. So I started researching about hair care myself, and decided to try to grow my hair back. This was a big step for me, to take over the care of my hair. Initially my plan was to grow it out and then relax again…but as I researched and discovered the hair boards and blogs, I saw women with BEAUTIFUL kinky hair. I was amazed. They rocked it confidently. I grew more and more interested in what my hair could be as a natural head. So then I made the conscious decision to transition for a year (yea, didn’t happen LOL) and then rock my own kinks and coils.
While natural, what is the one biggest regret /mistake you made?
The biggest mistake I made thus far as a natural, was thinking that I could just wash and go. Ummm NO. LOL. My fro was a tangled mess. That was when I realised I needed to just focus on what works for me – twists, braids, updos etc.
What is your current relationship with your hair?
Ahhhh….I am in LOVE with my mane. I have gotten to a point in my hair journey where I know what works with regards to products and styling. So I am totally enjoying it.
What is the trick or technique are you most thankful for finding out about?
The technique I am most thankful for discovering is deep conditioning…especially with my steamer. <3!!
I find this has been my ticket to attaining long lasting moisture. I no longer have to re-moisturise during the week, once I am consistent with regular DCing.
What specific products can you not live without?
My Qhemet Biologics products – specifically their Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee (<3!), Amla & Olive Heavy Cream and the Aethiopika Hydrate and Twist Butter. OMGeee, I have backups of backups of these goodies! Awesome for moisture and achieving definition for braidouts/twistout etc. Also a combo of these three products makes for a BOMB curlformer set.
Another product I can’t live without is the Silk Hair Dreams Vanilla Silk DC. It’s thick and creamy, smells delicious, and works wonders at moisturising my hair.
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
My advice would be:
- Do your research and determine what works best for your hair. Keep in mind there will be an element of trial and error in the initial stages.
- Be patient.
- Do not get caught up in the typing system.
- Recognise the beauty of your tresses.
- Have fun with your hair!