Meet Rochelle

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Tell us about yourself.

I am 37 years young. I love to shop, read, sew and crochet. I currently teach English to Israeli youth in Southern Israel.

Tell us about your hair.

My hair is my crowning glory although there are times when I just want to cut it all off!

What inspired you to go natural?

I really don’t remember exactly. I do remember being in college and dating this “conscious” brother. I’m sure he influenced me. It was 1996 when I last had a perm. That was 16 years ago. It was kinda the thing to do with the people that I was hanging around.

Did you transition, are you currently transitioning or did you do the Big Chop? Why did you choose to do your selected method?

I have always had a lot of hair. I cut it to shoulder length and wore braids for about 2 years. I decided to choose this method because I couldn’t bring myself to cut off all of my hair. I also wore it pressed, for years once it all grew out.

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?

There was only one attempt and I have never looked back.

Have you ever done anything to your hair that you now regret? (Aside from getting a perm if that is what you regret)


What is your favorite hairstyle(s)?

Small two-strand twists.

Which products do you like to use?

Castor oil, olive oil and even body lotion by Queen Helene. I use Queen Helene’s Cocoa Butter formula that I purchase at Wal-Mart. It makes my hair easier to comb after it is washed.

What is your hair care ritual? Do you do it yourself or do you go to a salon?

I don’t really have one. I just started getting it done by a friend of mine once a month. That has been working out well. Oh, and, I wash my hair once a month now as well. I used to wash it every week, then every two weeks. I guess as I am getting more mature, and spend less time worrying about my hair, the washing process has dwindled down to once a month.

What do you want Permed to Natural readers to take with them after reading your story?

There is life after chemicals – a very long and healthy life!!

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