CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
S: When making the decision I was reflecting on a conversation with my sweet seven year old and her desire to learn more about her natural curls. I was thinking of my new hobby of running. I was thinking of the money I could save by avoiding the salon weekly. At no point did I think, “boy, this will really help me improve my self-concept”, but that is exactly what happened and I am so grateful!
When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
November 17, 2010 – Initially, I was very nervous but when I looked in the mirror after the cut, the biggest smile appeared. I felt amazing. I felt empowered. I felt beautiful. I still feel amazing. I am more confident then I have ever been in my life.
How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
The only person I was truly worried about was my husband. He was very supportive of my natural journey but not exited about the idea of me having such short hair. He loves long hair. I made sure I prepared him as much as possible before I did the big chop and to both our surprise, he loved the new look. As far as the rest of my family and friends I have only had positive reactions and support. I think that they were nervous for me but love the outcome.
What are your plans for your hair?
I plan to grow my TWA as long as it will grow.
Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
I do ‘doll up’ more however I think the desire to doll up comes from the fact that I feel beautiful and feminine and I just want to play it up as much as possible. I have been playing with eye shadows to bring out my eyes more (before I never wore any make up). I have also turned into an earring junkie!
How do you keep it moisturized?
Carol Daughters Tui Hair Smoothie, Miss Jessie’s Baby Butter Cream
What products and techniques do you use to style?
I am using Curls Goddess Curls, Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste, & MJ Curly Meringue. I style daily.