Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Erica Julia Mansfield. I am Nigerian and Russian, and I live in Surrey.
How long have you been natural?
I’ve always been natural. I didn’t appreciate the beauty of my curls until I was about 13. I wanted to chemically straighten my hair for ages, but I’m glad I didn’t.
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I shaved half my hair in 2011, out of pure madness. I loved that style, but I wouldn’t do it again. Taking time out to get hair cuts at male barbers was quite awkward and nearly as tiring as dealing with a full head of hair.
How would you describe your hair?
It’s real conversation starter, full of life, and untamed!
What do you love most about your hair?
I love that I can wear it in the same style and it always looks different. There’s such a variety of things I can do with it.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
I most memorable part of my journey would probably the colour changes I’ve had. I’ve had green, pink and purple. I’m surprised that I still have hair left. It’s definitely not the easiest of hair types to deal with, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What are some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’ ?
I really love the simple hair styles. Having it in a messy bun is so easy to do, yet still looks tidy. I love to wear my hair down too.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Everyone loves my hair natural. They’re all shocked when I straighten it because I look like a different person. Everyone was shocked when I first shaved of the side of my hair because they loved the curls so much. The different hair colours got a lot of attention too.
What is your hair regimen?
I hardly ever use shampoo and I always use leave-in conditioner. It keeps my curls so defined. Usually, I use Aussie because it smells so good deep conditioner is really great for keeping my hair soft too. Once its washed, I comb it through and just leave it to dry. I use Morrocan Argan oil once its dried.
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
I don’t look at websites because my hair doesn’t ever want to cooperate with other peoples advice. lol
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Embrace the beauty of your natural hair and get it cut frequently. This is one piece of advice that I need to start taking.