My name is Naomi, I am a Ghanaian girl, born in Amsterdam, NL, but currently living in Birmingham, UK. I’m 18 years old, a health and social care student, a freelance hair dresser and a new health and fitness freak! My hair journey is quite exciting really, very unexpected and always changing, I love it!
How long have you been natural?
I did my big chop February 20, 2012.
My journey started really randomly. I was stretching my relaxers for a longer period of time. I used to relax my hair every 6 – 8 weeks and I decided to stretch my relaxer for 6 months. When I was like 2 months into the stretching process, I was a bit tired of always braiding and weaving it up, so I went on YouTube to look up styles for inspiration and saw Laila-Jean (FusionofCultures) and her transitioning story. That was the moment that I decided to go natural. I am very spontaneous when making decisions, I don’t really think about them, but after I saw her video I started thinking about the past and about things that happened and what it would mean to cut all my hair off and start from the beginning. This hair journey was a start of a new beginning for me and also showing appreciation to my roots. It has influenced me in so many different ways, mostly positive, I will never regret the choice I made to go back natural.
How would you describe your hair?
My hair is a whole bunch of kinks, coils and curls! It’s very different from a lot naturals that I have seen, most of them have like 2 mixed textures or just one, mine is a whole bunch, so it's kind of hard to put it in one specific category, haha!
What do you love most about your hair?
The way that it shrinks up and elongates whenever I want it to! My hair shrinks up a whole lot! It can bring me right back to the beginning of my journey or back to APL.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?! Probably my big chop, cause that’s when it all started. A newly natural learning about hair, the different methods that can be used, the different products, textures everything! When you first go natural, you don’t really know about the specific kind of regimen that works for you so you will have to spend a lot of money to find out.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?