Hi! My name is Kristina, I’m a 19 year old college sophomore from Georgia.
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for about 9 months.
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
My transition was really spur of the moment. I had box braids for 2 months, so I had about 2 months of new growth (unintentionally.) One day, when I was home from college for Christmas Break, I just decided to cut it off, without any planning. I think I did that because I was frustrated with my hair, and was always trying to figure out something to do with it. I also wanted a fresh start.
How would you describe your hair?
My hair is really kinky, and is in the type 4 category. My edges can get dry pretty easily, and the front of my hair has looser curls.
What do you love most about your hair?
I love how versatile it is. I can do so many styles with medium length natural hair than I could with long, straight heat-damaged hair.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The most memorable part of my journey was going back to school after I cut it. I was so nervous for what people would think or say, and I hadn’t really grown to love my hair yet. But all of the comments have been really supportive. Since then, it’s been really easy. I have no regrets at all from cutting my hair, and I don’t ever wish it was straight.
What are some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
My favorite (because it was really my only) transitioning hairstyle was box braids.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Having natural hair has opened me up to new friends, and new opportunities. It’s amazing what a change in hairstyle can teach you about life in general. Since cutting my hair I’ve grown in confidence, because I’m able to embrace how I look naturally. My family has been supportive for the most part.
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
My hair regimen has changed since starting college. Once every two weeks I pre-poo my hair with olive oil, then clarify my hair with Apple Cider Vinegar. I then Co-Wash my hair with Aussie Moist. After getting out of the shower, I section off my hair and apply olive oil, and whatever Leave-In I have available to my hair. I then apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and Bantu Knot my hair. I leave the Bantu Knots in for most of the week, and then wear my hair out. If it’s closer to wash day, I’ll put my hair up in a puff. I moisturize with water, olive oil, and Shea Moisture’s deep treatment mask throughout the week.
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
My favorite natural hair websites would be Curly Nikki, and Black Girl Long Hair. For Youtubers I love Naptural85, Mahoganycurls, and MelsharyA. I also look to tumblr for style inspiration!
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
If you’re considering going natural, just do it! I haven’t regretted it one bit! There’s nothing to lose, after all it’s just hair. Don’t be afraid to try out different styles. Don’t think you only have to buy specifically African American Hair products.
Where can people find you for more information?