What are your reasons for going natural?
Going natural was something that kind of happened overnight! When I was relaxed I would typically stretch my relaxers from six months to a year. After I had my first baby I decided that it was time for a change and then one day I just picked up a pair of scissors and my hair was GONE!! Well majority of it!
I unknowingly transitioned for a year and two weeks before I Big Chopped. I wore my hair in braid outs, Bantu Knot outs and flexi-rod sets. I also occasionally straightened it which led to heat damage. Due to heat damage during my transition I also did a mini chopped after my initial BC.
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
Since my BC I’ve had no emotional struggles. I feel like going natural boosted my self esteem and confidence. I no longer cared about the European standard of beauty.
How do others respond to your hair?
I received mixed responses from people. My family had no issues with it; and I even convinced a few of them to return to natural as well; but my work place was another story. I remember walking down the hall one day and one of the Respiratory Therapist looked at me and said “whoa! Your hair is wild” I just brushed it off and kept it moving. How other people view my hair isn’t important to me. As long as I’m happy with it everyone else’s opinion is irrelevant.
What’s your go-to style?
My go-to style would be the wash and go. I’m normally really busy with work and my kids and the wash and go is very convenient.
What’s your favorite product and why?
My favorite products would be SheaMoisture’s yucca and baobab thickening growth Milk. It leaves my hair uber moisturized and the slip is amazing!!
What piece of advice would you share with someone who is just starting out?
For the new naturals starting out on their natural hair journeys, I would suggest you learn your hair and learn to love your hair texture. Once you’ve accomplished that everything else will become easier!
My hair crushes would have to be Beauty by lee, Chime Edwards and Moknowshair.
What is your social media contact info? IG: @Curly_Kinky_Sue