How long have you been natural?
I’ve been au-natural since 2010 and it’s been quiet the journey of discovery.
What made you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural after several fights with the toxic mixture of relaxer and permanent color. Envision black rinse to light brown back to black then to red all within one year. After a while my hair gave up and started falling out. In a last ditch effort I cut it into a bob but didn’t learn my lesson and did the coloring thing again – same results. I was the girl who told her self that she could never go natural as it was too much work and I had too much hair. I decided one day to try and see how long I could go without a relaxer (with the assistance of weekly blow outs at the salon that is).
A year into the transition I asked my stylist (who didn’t speak fluent English) to show me at what length my natural hair was verse the relaxed hair. My response “ok” her action…snip snip. Lost in translation, I lost the length that I had and was left with a natural bob. I’ve been completely natural ever since and have never looked back except for the color that I now have.
What is your current relationship with your hair?
We’re in love but I do have moments of hate which causes me to threaten a relaxer. I’d never do it but I do go through the motions of annoyance sometimes – mostly when I have to wash it.
What is the trick or technique you are most thankful for finding out about?
I would say the best technique that I learned was finger detangling in the shower. I’m big on using combs and brushes so finger detangling in the shower lessens the amount of detangling post shower and frustration – I can be real rough with my hair when I’m tired of working on it.
While natural, what is the one biggest regret /mistake you made?
I don’t have any regrets as a naturalista.
What is the craziest hairstyle or treatment you have done to your hair?
As a natural I think to others would be to permanently coloring it. I received so many warnings from friends about dying it but my curl pattern hasn’t changed and the color is just right.
What specific products can you not live without?
I cannot live without water in a spray bottle, As I Am leave-in conditioner and Tresseme Naturals conditioner.
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
Do it for yourself! It is a commitment just like anything else…including relaxing but make sure you do it for yourself so that it’s more gratifying and you have more patience to learn more about the beauty of you.