How long have you been natural?
I’ve had natural hair since creation. But I’ve gone back to being a natural hair Misses in 2002.
What made you decide to go natural?
My moment of clarity came one afternoon after I washed my hair. I was terribly overdue for a touch up on a relaxer. And I thought my new growth was so beautiful! I wanted to see how I would look with my entire head would look with that texture so I stopped thinking about relaxers that day. I’ve never looked back since.
What is your current relationship with your hair?
My hair and I have a very positive relationship. I cut her when she needs it, give her moisture when she’s dry and I don’t annoy her by trying to assimilate to a new curl pattern.
What is the trick or technique you are most thankful for finding out about?
My favorite trick with mixing olive oil in my conditioner. When I’m finished washing my hair I put it in 4-6 dookie braids so it stretches while it dries. That’s my version of a wash-n-go.
While natural, what is the one biggest regret /mistake you’ve made?
The biggest mistake I’ve made with natural hair is straightening it! I was encouraged to straighten my hair when I was studying broadcast journalism at Howard, to have the “the look”. I had to rock the low cut in 2008, after a few trips to the Dominican salon. I went from hair down my back to looking like Barack Obama. In the future, if I want straight hair I will buy it and sew it in! Besides, it’s time to break the mold and see more natural haired Black women on the news!
What is the craziest hairstyle or treatment you have done to your hair?
Besides cutting off ALL of my hair, I’ve bleached my hair. I also had Poetic Justice braids. To me, that was “crazy” because they were heavy pulled out my edges.
What specific products can you not live without?
I cannot live without coconut oil! It’s the most magical oil I’ve come across. I also really like Carol Daughters’ Marguerite’s Magic
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
The best advice I can give about moving away from straight hair is that this transition begins in your heart. Do you believe you have to have Alicia Keys curls to be considered hot? If so, and you don’t have hair like Ms. Keys, you’re going to have a hard time being natural. True beauty is believing that the way you were born is beautiful. Accept, love and celebrate your unique hair!
Where can we find out more info about you and your hair?
Follow my hair and my life on The Weave Whisperer . The over the top show I created in 2012 to highlight the trials and tribulations of natural hair and weave. I’m also on Twitter and Instagram.