Tell me about yourself!
I am a 30 year wife and mother of 5, (4 biological and 1 foster). I love God, and you can always catch me reading, dancing, and just enjoying life!
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was a little of both. I let my new growth get about 5 inches long before I did the BC in 2013. It took about 2 months, so I was very frustrated. My relaxed hair was saying, "Relax girl" while my new growth was saying, "Turn up!" Needless to say I felt bi-polar with my hair.
Had you always embraced your texture?
I have always loved my natural curls, especially as a child. I loved my curly bush, but around 11 I started to really get into boys and they only liked girls with relaxers. So guess what I “needed" to have? A relaxer.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
My family was very supportive. My husband loves my natural hair, so he was excited when
I told them I was done with relaxers and weaves.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is very thick. It's also very curly and curls easily. I rarely have to use many products since leave in conditioner alone works very well.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
My biggest hair related regret is not staying natural my whole life and allowing society to influence me to do something I never wanted to do.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
My current routine is co-wash twice a week, and I do tons of twist outs. I never straighten my hair. My fave conditioner is Garnier Fructis, and I live for coconut oil!
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hairstyle is the curly hawk. It's so stylish. I'm always on Instagram and YouTube looking for ideas.
Who is your curl crush?
My curl crush Tracee Ellis Ross!
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I should twist and wrap it nightly, but I rarely do. I know, I know. Tisk tisk. I usually put it in a bun.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I clip my ends every 2 months, and I do wear box braids every 2 months as well. They really grow my hair out.
What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is the freeing feeling of appreciating the hair that God saw fit for me to have. It empowers me to live a natural and healthy lifestyle and has even helped me eat cleaner. Being natural just feels natural!
Where can folks find you on the web?
All of you lovely folks may find me on Facebook under Erika Brewer James or follow me on Instagram @eclass_405series