Motivated by my journey to being a natural sista, this week’s “Natural Hair Story” comes from a naturalista who is making her own rules when taking care of her natural hair. Read about her story and show her some love!!!
This is actually my second time going natural. The first was back in 2002. I’d been toying with the idea of going natural for the past year. I got tired of chemical burns and resulting dry scalp and wanted to give my hair and scalp a much deserved break.
2. Do you notice a difference between your relaxed hair vs. your natural hair?
When my hair is wet or needs to be pressed, certainly, but other than that, no. My stylist, who I still visit weekly, presses my roots and has been using this LOVELY conditioner concoction (she won’t tell me what it is) for the past several weeks so it doesn’t feel any different to the touch but I can tell a difference in body and shine.
3. Will you ever do the Big Chop? Why or why not?
I don’t think so. I don’t want to do a drastic transition like I did the first time (I took clippers to my own head and went for it). I want this one to be more gradual so my stylist and I have more time to figure out what will work for my hair.
4. Describe your current hair regimen. What are your favorite hair products to use?
As I mentioned, I get my hair done weekly. I’ve been going to the same stylist since 2004. I started going to her, ironically, because I was “tired” of being natural. The truth is I didn’t know how to take care of my natural hair and didn’t know what resources were available, so I opted to go back to relaxing but I digress. My stylist uses Design Essentials shampoo and the imfamous conditioner concoction she won’t tell me about. At home I oil my scalp with olive oil and apply a little to my hair as needed. At night, I wrap my hair, secure the wrap with a few pins and a Velcro mesh wrap and tie it with a satin scarf.
5. What curl pattern is your hair?
I haven’t a clue! LOL
6. What hairstyles do you experiment with since you are transitioning?
Right now I’m going to stick with presses, but I’m considering a twisted style or straw sets for when my hair gets longer.
7. How did family member, friends, coworkers react to your decision to go natural?
I haven’t told anybody, not out of “fear” though. I just don’t care what their opinion is.
8. What advice do you give for other people trying to go natural?
Put on your big girl panties and do it. J Have patience because it is a process. If you’re not confident in your at-home-cosmetology skills, find a competent and supportive stylist to accompany you on your journey. And have fun! After all, it’s just hair…it will grow back.
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