February 24, 2014

Bri is Naturally Glamorous!

My name is Bri. I’m from Delaware, but live in South, FL. I make a living doing computer repair, but I also keep an online hair journal, interact on Instagram and knit or crochet for fun. You can connect with me online at www.GeekyCurly.com. That has the link to Facebook, Instagram, my rarely used Twitter, and my Etsy shop.

How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was in 2006, but I wore my hair mostly straight from 06-08 before I cut my relaxer out. I didn’t start to embrace my curls until 2009.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why? 
I figured that I could keep my hair straight with a flat iron instead of a relaxer. My hair always needed a superrelaxer to get it straight and within that past year, I received severe burns on the backs of both ears from arelaxer gone wrong. I just figured that a flat iron was safer than a relaxer.

How would you describe your hair?
My hair is extra thick and coarse. It’s like a jungle and I wear it in twists most weeks to keep it low-maintenance and out of my way.

What do you love most about your hair? 
I used to get made fun of all of the time because my hair was so thick, but it is what I love most about my hair now.

What has been the most memorable part of your journey? 
Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
Each year of this journey brings its own ups and downs. Some days I spend solely on my hair and others I don’t have to think about it at all. I’ve met so many amazing people throughout the years from just talking hair and that’s the best part.

What were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
I flat ironed as a means for transitioning. You could tell where my hair that wasn’t relaxed started because it was all broken off and brittle. My natural hair was much more shiny and resilient.

What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Not everyone in my family gets my obsession with healthy hair. It took my dad a bit to get used to as well. I get many stares (especially when I wear huge hair), but a lot of the people who approach me are ones who can appreciate my hair in its natural state.

What is your hair regimen (including fav products)? 
My go-to product is east african shea butter. I use it on wet hair to twist and my hair stays moisturized until its next wash. I get it fromwww.sheabutterhut.com and it lasts me 3-4 months per pound.

What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
Instagram is my favorite place to go to find hair inspiration and encouragement. naptural85, aevindugas, courtney_hi, nayajudah, loccrush, lhdc2011, hairscapades, courtneynaturalhair, maichickbad, ms_tammy, whoissugar, jonique_n, fyecurls, eclark6, & nerissanefeteri are a few of my favorites.

Where can people find you for more information?
For picture of my hair relaxed, transitioning, and each month thereafter, you can check out the blogwww.GeekyCurly.com. Of course, my instagram is instagram.com/GeekyCurly and that has hundreds of pictures too.

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