How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since July 2009, so almost five years.
What made you decide to go natural?
I went natural because Tallahassee was experiencing one of the hottest summers ever! Well, that wasn’t the entire reason, but the heat definitely played a role. I was considering going natural for a few months. My hair was in a short pixie cut and I became frustrated with paying biweekly to get it done, only to sweat it out in a few days. I ended up big chopping as opposed to getting a perm, so I was left with about half an inch of hair.
What is your current relationship with your hair?
I’m in love with my hair and its versatility. At this point, I’m continuing to let it grow and I’m considering getting the highlights refreshed soon.
What is the trick or technique you are most thankful for finding out about?
The LOC technique is one I’ve been using most recently. It really helped my hair remain moisturized after moving to an area where it gets much colder during the winter.
While natural, what is the one biggest regret/mistake you made?
At the beginning of my journey, I used to buy every product recommended under the sun by vloggers/bloggers and hair board members. I became a huge product junkie with more items than I could ever use. I didn’t take the time to learn about porosity and other important characteristics that could help guide purchases for products my hair actually liked.
What is the craziest hairstyle or treatment you have done to your hair?
Fortunately, I’ve played it pretty safe in this area. Mixing ingredients from the kitchen is not the vision at all for me.
What specific products can you not live without?
Some of my current favorites include BASK Vanilla Whiskey Reparative Hair Soak, Entwine Crème Jelly Styler, and Koils by Nature Sheaoe Leave In and Hair & Body Butter. These are a few of the products that I know will provide great results each time.
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
Take the time to learn you hair and its likes and dislikes. I had to learn that my hair looked best when I “listened” to it.