How long have you been natural?
I did my second big chop four years ago.
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
What motivated me was the feel of the chemical burns and my hair feeling really thin after it was relaxed. When I decided to go natural the first time, I was a transitioner. The second time around I was a big chopper. Because of the multiple hair styles I decided to go to a bald cut because I never had my hair cut that low before & I wanted to try it out!
How would you describe your hair?
Dealing with natural hair, you have many different textures. Different in the front, middle & back. So it's just as random as I am. :-)
What do you love most about your hair?
Versatility. It's having the best of both worlds. If I want to have straight hair, it's really nothing that a flat iron cannot solve, which I rarely desire or use, but the option is always there. If I want to have a big afro I can also create that look too. I love the texture of it, and I am able to style in multiple ways. I see it as a perk that I am able to do my hair in so many ways that I could never do with my relaxed hair. Especially by myself.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
It's been pretty easy for me because it is something that I embraced. I would say that at first when I did my big chop I was a bit skeptical because I wasn't sure how a short cut would look on me however my most difficult part was learning how to detangling my hair.
What or were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
My favorite transitioning hairstyle was wearing my afro, twistouts & wearing my fro pulled back with a headband!
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Yes they were shocked, some were supportive and some had jokes. I took it all in stride. Those who had jokes eventually learned to love it and some are even natural themselves.
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I try to keep my regimen as simple as possible & try not to follow every trend. I am actually in the process of creating my own natural products but in the mean time I wash my hair once a week using a Shampoo & Conditioner that hydrates, conditions & is Sulfate Free. I alternate between protein treatments and deep conditioning treatments to create balance and I moisturize while my hair is still damp before styling. I use a wide tooth comb to untangle my hair & let it air dry if I’m going to wear my afro, or I do a heatless blow out using the banding method which you can see on my YouTube Channel . I try to avoid using heat as much as possible and when I do use heat, I use an Ionic Hair Dryer with a comb attachment. My favorite products are Argan Oil Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment or Humecto Conditioner by Kera Care, Paul Mitchell Foaming Hair Pomade and Natural Oils.
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
I like 4C Hair Chick. I am new on the YouTube scene because I have never gone to YouTube until recently to look for hair tips so I would have to say that 4CHairChick is my favorite.
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Be patient especially during the cleaning & detangling process. Don't be afraid to try different hairstyles. Going natural is one of the best decisions ever, your scalp with thank you later!
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