Honestly nothing deep like appreciating what God gave me or Black consciousness. I simply went natural because my hair was breaking severely and I didn’t want to end up bald in my 30′s. The idea that I would have to depend on wigs, weaves and braids for the rest of my life was a nightmare for me and shocked me to reality. I wanted my hair back, all my hair, healthy hair, no bald spots. I can tell you, that was an intense motivator. I could care less if people didn’t like my style or thought I was ugly. I was really fine with all of that as long as I could get my healthy nappy hair back.
Did you transition, are you currently transitioning or did you do the Big Chop? Why did you choose to do your selected method?
I didn’t know what I was doing back then but I transitioned. At that time I was living in Holland with no salon that catered to natural hair so I was on my own. All I wanted was my hair back and extensions were the only thing I knew could help me do that. Although I could handle my hair I had no clue about styling. My braider at the time was a Rastafarian with locs and she didn’t want to cut my hair. So I transitioned for two years. My ends were driving me nuts. Finally after two years I took to the scissors and cut my own hair.
Was this your first attempt going from permed to natural hair? If not, how many times have you tried? What made you go back to permed hair and what made you decide to go natural again?
My first attempt was me just wearing extensions. After a braider stood me up I ended up relaxing my hair again. From that experience I realized that I needed to learn at least the basics of styling. So the second time I transitioned I asked for different braided styles. Styles that I could take out and redo.
During your transition which hairstyles worked for you?
All of them to be honest. Extensions are great for a break, love bantus because they give you a totally different look, twists are so easy and versatile, the versatility of cornrows is endless but the only minus is that they are tight and I don’t really like that. And of course flat twist are amazing, they look great for every occasion and they are incredibly versatile as well.
What is your favorite hairstyle(s)?
My favorite style is the Afro. It’s nappy hair at its best. Those strands standing up straight in their full glory will always be my favorite style.
Which products do you like to use?
I am probably going to sound bias but I use my own products called Going Natural Hair Care Line. More information about my product line can be found HERE.
What is your hair care ritual? Do you do it yourself or do you go to a salon?
My staple hair care ritual is applying a detox treatment once every 2 to 4 weeks. I just love it. My hair and scalp feel soft and rejuvenated at once and I feel like a new human being, truly. Depending on how I style my hair I will either use the Silky Shea, Herbal Styling Gel or Hair Milk. These are my absolute staples. In between I use the Peppermint Shampoo the favorite of all shoppers.
I mainly do my hair myself but I also go to a salon when I get a chance. That is at least twice a year. My problem is I don’t like people on my head or my face. I am probably one of the few women who don’t like facials. Really I don’t. However, there are such great stylist here in Brooklyn so when the site needs an update or I have a style in mind, I just go to a salon. I love trying out new styles. Natural hairstylists are amazingly creative and talented and we have to explore it more.
Why do you think natural hair is popular right now? Do you think it is a fad?
I think it’s simply because of the same reason I went natural. Women are tired of abusing their hair. They can’t find a good reason to keep this behavior and come to their senses. I don’t think it’s a fad but I don’t think every single Black woman will go natural either. I think the natural movement continues to grow and that it will balance itself out. We have a long way to go though. The idea of bad hair is deeply ingrained in our people. It’s not easy to shake that off.
Where can we find you on the internet and what else would you like to tell us about you?
To celebrate our crown n’ glory I wrote a book titled GOING NATURAL: How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair.
My website is www.Going-Natural.com. It’s dedicated to African hair, styling and products. The goal is to redeem African hair and promote and celebrate the beauty of our unique tresses.