Meet Stephania… initially hesitant, but now absolutely loving her TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro)!

CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
I first big chopped on January 9, 2010 at about 2am! I was tired of my 9-month transition so it had to go. My initial feelings were shame and embarrassment because I didn’t know what others would say when I got back down to school! That feeling went away after a few days and I haven’t worn a hat since!

CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
My family didn’t see my hair for MONTHS! Not that I was avoiding them, they just weren’t around. When they DID see it, I got nothing but positive reactions. My mom loved it and I knew she was proud because she’s a natural head that has been waiting on me to hop on the train forever! My dad, on the other hand, his exact words were “Girl, grow your hair out”. I rolled my eyes and kept it moving!

CN: What are your plans for your hair (do you plan to grow it out, keep it short)?
I’m loving this short stage and the simplicity of it, however I would love to have long, natural hair that goes down my back! In due time, I know, but I will treasure each stage as it comes.

CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
Nope, never. I let it do what it does. There is not much that I CAN do, so I don’t want to fight my natural look.

CN: If so, what are your favorite accessories?
I’ve yet to try any accessories, but as it grows I will definitely venture into headbands, and maybe even some natural and faux flowers this summer!

CN: How do you keep it moisturized?
This is still a trying dilemma as I would love for my hair to feel soft 24/7! However, I recently tried applying curl activator (i.e. S-Curl No-Drip) and EcoStyler gel to soaking wet hair and while at first it’s completely white and full of product, it dries SO soft! I learned that combo from LHCF 🙂 I figure that anything glycerin-related helps.

CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?

I co-wash with anything I find in the shower, but Aussie Moist has always worked for me so I have been sticking to that, lately, and I love Elasta QP’s Creme Conditioning Shampoo! Ladies, you cannot go wrong with this–rich lather and soft results, but NO sulfates! Love it!

CN: How do you get your waves or curls popping?
Hmmm…I haven’t mastered this, but the Ecostyler gel helps clump some of my coils, but for the most part I embrace the fluffy cloud.

CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?
Throw on a bonnet! So simple, I don’t know why I didn’t go natural sooner! 🙂