What inspired you to start growing natural hair?
I had been thinking about going natural for a while. I had a relaxer, but I always flat twisted my hair. I had stopped using curling irons and I never really figured out how to use a flat iron. I eventually came to the realization that there was no point in continuing to relax my hair if I wasn’t going to wear it straight. I could flat twist my hair with or without a relaxer. And it would probably look much fuller without the relaxer!
How long have you been natural? May 2016 will mark my three year naturalversary!
What styles did you wear before this decision? I wore my hair in flat twist outs. It was a much straighter/wavier look with the relaxer.
What were the responses you received in response to your natural hair decision?
I received positive responses from most of the females in my family. My dad was a bit confused about what I was trying to accomplish by “going natural”. And of course we all have that one aunt who wants to give her opinion on what we should do with our hair. Even though I haven’t seen her hair in years because she always has a weave or a wig…all tea, no shade!
What are your favorite styles to wear?
Twist outs are my go to style. I also like to pin my twists up as a protective style. I’ve attempted the roll-tuck-pin on several occasions, but I have not perfected it yet. I plan to do more protective styling to focus on health and length retention.
What products do you use in your hair?
I have a few staple products…I have used VO5 Moisture Milk conditioners since the beginning of my natural hair journey. They are great for detangling. I’ve also used the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream for the past three years. I usually style with an oil and one of the many Shea Moisture products.
What are some things you have learned about your hair during your journey?
My hair is unlike any other Naturalista. Our hair is different…you have to find what works for you, and I have to find what works for me.
What advice would you give to women contemplating growing natural hair?
If you are willing to be patient with your hair, go for it! Growing natural hair is not a quick fix to damaged hair. You have to be patient and educate yourself on what works best for your hair. Your natural hair journey will be unlike any of your friends, family members, or the many bloggers we follow on a daily basis.
How do you feel when you see other Naturalistas?
I am super proud to be a part of the natural hair community. I love to see the hair styles other naturalistas come up with. Everybody can’t do what we do, and we do it so well. ☺
What are 5 hair items/products you can’t live without?
Water, shea butter or some type of hair oil, VO5 Moisture Milk Conditioner, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair, satin bonnet
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