How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since March 2013, I would get perms every month (once I think about it that was way too much) then I went to even 3, to every 4, to every 6 months.
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
I dyed my hair and because I was a basketball player and in college, I really didn’t properly take care of my hair, so it broke off. My mom cut my hair and I never looked back. I had about a inch and a half of hair due to me only getting perms every 6 months.
How would you describe your hair?
I would describe my hair as “Thickolicious” she’s coarse, but her looks are deceiving, my hair is super thick! Goes no where when the wind blows, can’t push her back, a pony tail puff is too much to ask for, lol.
What do you love most about your hair?
I love that my hair lets me rock many different styles, and really captures my natural beauty! I had to embrace my beauty with short hair (which I have never had), and rock the short look and as it grows it gets better and better! You stand out with different styles, textured hair, and I LOVE being natural!
What has been the most memorable part of your journey?
When I first cut my hair, many people were shocked I did it, because I had long hair, but I just love how people saw how I embraced it, no weaves, no wigs, or nothing, been rocking my natural since I’ve cut it! Along the way I’ve inspired others to go natural and the guys love it when you rock your style in confidence!
What are your favorite hairstyles?
You will always catch me rockin’ my kinky fro, results from a twist out! I love the look it gives me. I wear protective styles as well.
Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Reactions from my family? They loved it, but where I am from, I don’t think people are used to seeing natural hair, so it’s “weird” and not “normal” to them. They don’t realize it’s in style, so at my job (I’m 1 of 4 black employees), I’m natural, and rock it very well, some aren’t used to it, but others love it!
What is your hair regimen (including favorite products)?
Favorite products: I mix Virgin Olive oil, water, and Cantu leave in conditioner in a bottle, spray it on my hair every day. I also use, Vatika Coconut Oil, Black Castor Oil, Black Castor Oil with Shea Butter, As I Am co-wash, and a variety of shampoos and conditioners. I also deep condition with each wash, and do protein washes with a egg mixed with conditioner and leave it in for 2-3 hours. I’ll also pour oil on my hair every night, and once a week sleep with a shower cap or plastice bag covering my hair (when it’s twisted) under my bonnet. I use a satin pillow case when the fro won’t fit under the bonnet.
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTuber’s or blogs?
I youtube a lot of protective styles, but most of my hair advice I get is from Instagram my natural sistahs: @kinkykurlysistas @naturalhairdaily. I Love them!
Anything you want the readers to know?
Embrace your natural! Your natural won’t be the same as everyone else’s but that’s what makes it special! You can rock your natural short or long and the process is beautiful! You will find what works for your hair and what doesn’t, there’s nothing more sexy than a woman that can be confident in her natural state! (No weave) Your hair is beautiful as it is, and you stand out in your own way!! Love it, rock it and respect it!
Where can people find you for more information?
Contact me on IG @lovepeacenunity