Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a long term transitioner until 2011, when I lost all of my hair while undergoing chemotherapy.
When did you BC? What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
In July 2011, after months of my hair shedding all over the place, I finally took the scissors and cut what was left of my hair. I’ll never forget that moment. It was the hardest thing ever. I cried the whole time. I felt like I had become the stereotypical “bald head black girl.” To make myself feel better, I joked about how I always thought I had a big head when actually, I just had big hair. My bald head was actually perfect!
How did family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
Everybody was supportive and complimented me. They said I was beautiful and could pull off anything. In spite of my insecurity I agreed, even though on the inside I was unsure of myself. I realized hair is truly so much of our identity and I wanted mine back.
What was your transition routine (products included)?
I had already been experimenting with oils and butters like olive, shea, jojoba to use on my hair. Having cancer made me really pay attention to what I was putting in and on my body. I researched and developed more mixes to use including a hair and scalp oil I used almost daily. I found the right mix that grew my hair faster longer and stronger. Now I want to help other women as well. So, I’ve developed a line of products for healthy hair. I think bald is beautiful, but it should be an option.
What was your staple hair style during the transition?
While my hair was growing I loved accessories, head scarves and hair bows were my thing. Oh and always a big pair of earrings.
Why did you choose to go natural?
I didn’t get a perm until I was 12, and that was because I saw all my friends with straight hair. I didn’t realize how beautiful my big fluffy hair was. So I decided I wanted that hair back instead of the thinned out limp permed version of it. This time I was going to make certain it was as healthy as possible by creating natural products that could make a difference.
Where can folks find you on the web?
Sweet Soaps and Suds LLC