Naturalista Spotlight: Ana
What inspired you to start growing natural hair?
After a couple of years of pointless relaxing and just heat damaging the crap out of my hair, I just stopped. I transitioned without knowing it and I began to love my curls.
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been a natural for a few years but it’s hard to tell exactly how many because I don’t know whether to count the months that I was transitioning.
What styles did you wear before this decision?
I mostly just put my hair in pony tails and buns but I straightened it every week and nearly every day.
What were the responses you received in response to your natural hair decision?
It was and still is a very mixed reaction.Some people think it’s too much, others think my hair doesn’t fit my race and it bothers them. Some think it’s very pretty. It just depends on the individual really. My family does not like my natural hair. If my hair wasn’t long and of a softer texture, they would probably bully me into going back to relaxers.
How often do you wash and style your hair? What are your favorite styles to wear?
I try to wash my hair once a week but usually it’s every two weeks. My favorite styles to wear is my hair without any curl pattern(fro), in hair coils and in wash and gos.
What products do you use in your hair?
In my hair I usually use the herbal essences line. I recently started using moroccan oil by organix(shampoo and conditioner). I use Eden bodyworks leave in conditioner to hydrate my hair. I use various sulfate free/alcohol free mousses as well as gels as holding products.
What are somethings you’ve learned about your hair during your journey?
I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times I do a style, how moisturized my hair is, how strong it feels or how careful I am…it will still do what it wants most of the time and that’s okay. I also learned that everything people say about my hair, I have to take with a grain of salt. People approach me all the time or talk about me and stare when I’m right in front of them. My life would be pretty miserable if I let myself care. So, I flip my mane and I keep it moving.
What advice would you give to women contemplating growing natural hair?
I’d say go for it! You never know if you’ll like it if you don’t try. Don’t think it will be a piece of cake in the beginning. Your hair will simply put…”not look right” in the beginning. No matter what texture you are. But you really could be missing out on loving your hair like you never have before.
How do you feel when you see other Naturalistas?
I feel good. I just think to myself…”there is someone else that understands why I love this hair so much”. Sometimes I get hair envy but nothing a little wash day can’t remedy.
What are 5 hair items/products you can’t live without?
1. Eden bodyworks leave in
2. Organix moroccan oiil shampoo and conditioner
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil