How long have you been natural?
I've been natural for 2 years. My last perm was August 7, 2011 right before my birthday on the 9th.
What motivated you to transition?
I don't know what motivated me to transition, lol. I just woke up one day and said I'm going natural lol. I was a big transitioner. I just let my hair grow out. Though a lot of people were telling me, "cut it, it will grown faster", I chose to just let my hair grow out. I ended up cutting it when I had only centimeters left of permed hair.
How would you describe your hair?
My hair is almost kinky curly. Lol I don't know. It's really curly and puffy.
What do you love most about your hair?
I love the fact that my hair is really soft and curly. I love it most when it's wet.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey?
The most memorable part of my journey was the two different textures. I HATED IT WITH A PASSION. I was so used to having straight hair that when I finally started to get some curls it felt weird. The two textures were somewhat difficult to deal with. The best thing is that my hair is longer now then before I permed it.
What were your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
My favorite transitioning hairstyle(s) was most definitely rope twist.. Weave was my Bestfriend and as my hair began to grow out I started doing Bantu knots. Right now my current dos consists of twist outs, braid outs, twist ( with my natural hair ) because I have what some call "big hair" I love to wear it out curly because I really do enjoy the attention.
Any memorable reactions from others since going natural?
As a natural, my experiences have had its ups and downs. My mom hates when I wear my hair out. I live in Miami and because of the humidity I leave my house looking one way and come back looking another. She thinks I'm crazy. Family members love it, they are always complementing me on my texture. With others its more weird because I get asked a lot " Is that a weave?" " Can I touch it?" and "Are you mixed?"
What is your hair regimen?
Believe it or not I do not have a hair regimen, lol. I do whatever to my hair as far a moisturizing. I try to apply Shea butter leave in conditioner every day, other then that, I just go with the flow. As far as products I use: Shea butter leave in conditioner, Haitian castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil mixed together, olive oil Eco styler gel, as far as shampoo and conditioner, I use whatever we have which is tresemme, mane and tail, and recently I brought sauve but I don't like it. It smells good but leaves my hair feeling dry. In the beginning of my journey I used this hair ointment called Virgin hair fertilizer. ( GOOD STUFF WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO HAIR GROWTH) and I take biotin (when I remember).
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTuber's, or blogs?
My favorite place to go when it comes down to hair is YouTube because you can learn EVERYTHING when it comes down to natural hair. You can learn many things from pre-pooing to making your own protein treatment. I just love it. My fav youtubers are:
Anything you want the readers to know? Any inspirational words?
I want readers to know that going natural was the best decision ever. I should have never permed my hair in the first place. I love it. Inspirational words? IF YOU WANT TO GO NATURAL GO FOR IT AND EMBRACE IT 1000 PERCENT. DONT LET ANYBODY TALK DOWN TO YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE NATURAL. LOVE YOUR HAIR. I BELIEVE ALL HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL AND TO LOVE YOUR HAIR IS TO LOVE YOURSELF.
Where can people find you for more information?
I'm not on YouTube but I am on Instagram and twitter: Instagram @divine_curls and twitter @pink_kali. I'll be happy to answer any questions.