Hi, my name is Chenoia Bryant. I am program manager and doctoral student from Birmingham, AL.
How long have you been natural?
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
My hair had grown weak and was damaged from all the chemical processes that I was putting it through. All the women in my family had thick, luscious locks, so I knew that mine had to be hiding somewhere under all that over processing. I transitioned using braids, sew-in extensions, head wraps, lots of fedoras and wigs. I never did the big chop because I was so scared (for no reason) and just gradually trimmed off the straight, sad, flat ends lol.
How would you describe your hair?
It’s pretty ambitious. lol
What do you love most about your hair?
That it seems to be a conversation starter. I never really think about it much anymore, but when I do, it is absolutely awesome that I have met so many people and connected with such amazing energy through the coils that spring from my scalp. Who would’ve ever thought that you could build an entire network through 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 cutting the last bit of those sad, damaged ends off. It was like a sigh of relief. My journey was very easy, primarily because I didn’t mess with my hair much aside from getting it braided up.
What are some of your favorite hairstyles?
I still love head wraps, and hats have always been my thing. I can’t resist a good bun, and as you can see, I love rocking my ‘fro :0 )
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
I have had great experiences being natural and would not go back to my pre-natural state. Being in the South has made for many interesting comments from folk that aren’t quite used to seeing colored hair in all its glory lol
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I love all the Agadir products, especially the Moisture Masque and the oil. I also use Aphogee’s protein treatment and this wonderful coconut oil I get from Whole Foods to deep condition. I would give the brand, but I never can remember it. I also put a bit of rose oil in with my argan oil sometimes, which adds another dimension to the lovely smell argan oil has (ladies, this is especially good for date night).
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
Love RockYoRizos and Black Girl with Long Hair
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
I have a quote that actually started as one of my tweets a while back. I used to tweet it all the time, but I don’t tweet much anymore which leads to me not sharing it as often as I should. But I want everyone to know: “You are beautiful; you are loved. You are worthy; you are worthy of all goods things. You are a good thing, and you are worth being loved.”
I have just started my blog, so it is still under development, but you can find me there at:
Blog - http://autruchenoire.com
Instagram – Chenoia
Twitter - @Chenoia