Meet WhosThatRedHead…a gorgeous natural that despite feeling ‘forced’ to chop, is loving her TWA and not looking back!

CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
To be honest I was very nervous when I BC’d. I had just been through an extremely stressful time in my life. My mother went into cardiac arrest and I hadn’t spoken to her in 5 years. I flew back home to Cali to take care of her and ended up staying there for 3 months. She has brain damage from the lack of oxygen during her cardiac arrest. But we were able to patch up our relationship and she does a little better each day. When I got back home (Colorado) I had to deal with work and then I became ill. My hair fell out. Not sure if it was from the stress or the illness, but it started off as a quarter sized bald spot above each ear and grew to very large bald patches. So instead of wearing wigs or trying to cover up my bald spots I decided to own it and shaved my head.
I was very scared of what my boyfriend would think but when he saw me he rubbed my head and told me I was beautiful. That’s when I decided not to put any more relaxers in my hair. Looking back, it was hard. I shaved my head because I felt I had to, not because I wanted to. But I’m glad I did. For the first time I feel like I’m not hiding behind my hair and I’m actually forced to learn how to take care of it. I always thought I had “bad hair” Now I know it’s just hair.

CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
Everyone was really great about it. I’ve always had a short hair cut. I even rocked a mohawk. But I NEVER had a fade. I remember I had India Arie’s “I am not my hair” blasting on my MP3 player as I walked into my office the Monday after I shaved my head. I actually got tons of compliments.

CN: What are your plans for your hair?
When I decided that I was going to go natural I was thinking about getting locs. I thought I could do locs because I wasn’t sure what to do with my hair once it started to grow in. As it began to grow longer, I couldn’t believe how much it hurt to comb it. My hair is thick and I’m extremely tenderheaded…not a good combo. I went to my beautician to ask her what I should do for my hair and she really didn’t have very many suggestions. I started doing research on the web and found CurlyNikki.com. Now that I’ve learned more about natural hair and how to take care of the hair God has blessed me with, I now want to see how long my hair will grow! I’ve never had long hair and if it doesn’t get long I’m okay with that. I’d love a red BAA though…..

CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
Not really. I’ve always worn make up. I’ve always joked with people that I would work for eyeshadow if I could. I do make sure to at least wear earrings when I leave the house. I was worried that people would think that I look like a man, but who would think that? And if someone wants to believe that, then there’s really not much I can do to stop them.

CN: If so, what are your favorite accessories, or go to ways to glam up your look?
Right now I’ve been rocking headbands and satin flowers. I learned how to make the flowers from a posting I saw on CN! For me it’s all about the eye shadow….the brighter the better! I’m also a fan of jewelery. I love big earrings, chunky necklaces and bracelets. Plus when I cut my hair it gave me an excuse to go shopping for new clothes that matched my new attitude!

CN: How do you keep your TWA moisturized?
I’ve been using Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave in and so far it’s been good to me. I’m always open to finding new products. So any suggestions would be awesome!!! I DC at least once a week. When I do DC, I usually just mix in some honey with whatever conditioner I choose. Since I live in Colorado (very dry) keeping my hair moisturized is one of my top priorities.

CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
I’ve been trying to use the Curly Girl Method. I use Aubrey Organics White Camellia Shampoo and Conditioner. I also Co-Wash with Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner. Right now because I have a TWA I co wash every morning. I use Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave in and Kinky Curly Curling Custard as my styling gel. I seal my hair with either Jojoba oil or grape seed oil. I haven’t figured out what to do with my hair at night yet. I’m thinking about trying Kimmaytube’s Leave In conditioner at night. I tried using aloe vera gel, but my hair didn’t like that much at all. I’m always feeding in to my growing PJism and looking for different products to try. I also have tried a cinnamon and honey mixture on my hair to lighten it for the summer. I figure that since I’m new to natural hair I need to find out what works for me right???