Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Brittany Myers. I am 22 years old. I was born in Jamaica, but I currently live in the US.
How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I became natural on August 4, 2014. No, I did not embrace my curls. Before becoming natural, if I could relax my hair every week I would have.
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I did a big chop, I don’t have the patience for a transition. What made me consider going natural was sweating out my relaxer after exercising, and seeing all those pictures of naturals and seeing how beautiful and flexible it was.
How would you describe your hair?
It has a mind of its own. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried twist-outs and my hair reverts back to its natural curls. I love my hair because its so diverse, and despite a few problems, very easy to handle.
What do you love most about your hair?
I would say my natural curls. I also love how flexible it is to get up in the morning, do a co-wash and go. Plus I love my hair color!
What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
My most memorable part of my journey so far would have to be coloring my hair. A week after doing my big chop, I decided to bleach my hair to blonde. After bleaching it, my reaction to it was that it was too loud and I needed to get it darker. I tried rinsing it black but my hair went purple! I tried dying it golden blonde, it became green. I tried dark brown and it became a sandy color. This was within two days by the way. I decided to leave it alone, because I became frustrated. And after several cowashes my hair came back blonde/white. And I’ve been this color ever since.
What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’?
Two months after deciding to go natural, I got my hair weaved with a closure.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
When I decided to bleach my hair blonde, my cousins called me Eminem, but other than the countless jokes about me going blonde, they were pretty much supportive of me going natural.
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
Water is my best friend. I cowash my hair at least three times a week and I oil my hair with coconut oil. My daily products include water from a spray bottle, leave-in conditioner from Cantu, curl enhancer from Cantu and Eco gel (the green one).
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
I don’t have a favorite natural hair blog site, but I do have favorite natural pages on Instagram, @teamnatural and @kinkyhair just to name a few. I mostly follow other naturals on Instagram.
Growing up we were always told to straighten our hair, whether by hot comb, relaxer, or flat iron. I’m really enjoying this natural movement, but while we place a lot of importance on our hair, we should never forget to embrace the natural us, as black women. Everything about us is beautiful.
Where can people find you for more information?
Facebook: Brittany Myers