1. Why and when did you first relax your hair? What is your hair story BEFORE your BC?
I first relaxed my hair in the year 2001. Before that I was spotting a short texturized do because I thought it suited me and my lifestyle back then since I was in boarding school and it made it more manageable and different (considering everyone was spotting a relaxed do). In 2001 I decided to go for a relaxer because I just loved the straight hair look so I spotted it until 2008 when I decided to chop it all off and go back to my natural roots but two months into it, I texturized it coz I had no idea how to take care of it and wanted something easy and malleable.
2. What made you decide to finally do the Big Chop? What were your feelings and thoughts when you did it?
I finally did the big chop in December 2009 and haven’t looked back since although I do sometimes get the urge to spot a short abstract relaxed cut (I soon get over it when I notice how not me it would be). I finally decided to get the chop because a whole lot was changing in my life. I had finally gotten a solid grasp of who I was and how I wanted to mold my life and so the timing seemed perfect to get a complete lifestyle change…body, mind, and soul so I went natural with my hair, and eating habits (I do sometimes indulge in processed foods of course, they are just so YUMMY). Having you(Nyachomba) as inspiration also helped a ton of course… I knew you’d been natural your entire life I adored the twists you’d make back in school and I adored the dreads phase as well and I admittedly cringed when you chopped them off but you came back strong with your yummy hair so in the spirit of adoration, I had to try it out as well! As far as my feelings toward going natural, well I was okay with it. I was never really attached to hair that much and I had an idea of what I’d look like so I just closed my eyes and took the leap!
3. What reactions have you received since doing the BC from your friends and family?
Well you’re part of my family and we had seen you through your style changes so it wasn’t really a big deal although my dad occasionally throws out the word “shaggy” here and there but since it’s on my head, I pay that no mind. My friends were pretty okay with it too. They were taken a back a little, especially the guys since there’s some sort of misguided notion that long hair makes one more feminine but they soon got over it when they realized how good I looked (lol it’s not vanity, just confidence)! My beau actually adores my natural tresses…he always cringes when I do protective styling like braids etc so as far as opinions go, I’m thinking I hit the jackpot!
4. What are your natural hair goals?
Hmm, this question threw me off the loop! My hair is a little thinner than I like so for now I am working on making it healthier and thicker and of course there is always hope for insane growth! I want it to grow so bad but I’m learning how to be patient with it. So in a nut shell, my goals are keeping my hair moisturized at all times which could be quite a challenge especially in a cold winter like the one we’re facing now, and keeping it as healthy as possible all of which lead up to growth!!
5. How long have you been natural?
It has now been one year one month and loving how fabulous the experience has been!
6. What inspired you to be natural?
The urge for a lifestyle change really. I had gone through a mental and emotional makeover and I wanted my physique to match up to the person I had become so what better way to do it than go natural! Another way to put it is I was grown and I wanted a grown look!
7. What’s your regimen like?
Now that it’s winter, I’m all about moisture although I do slack a little I must admit but I make sure to have a spritz bottle with some water, and condish (Vo5 moisture milks/Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration) which I use every morning and night (when I’m not too tired) and then I seal it with Vatika Oil or Coconut Oil.I sometimes use Giovanni leave in conditioner but haven’t done so since the summer. I love stretched out hair so I put my hair in about 6-8 braids every night and unravel them in the morning. I try to use shea-butter when I do the braids. I wash my hair with either chamomile soap or aloe-vera soap and I co-wash my hair with the same conditioners mentioned above(Vo5 moisture milks, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration or Suave Coconut) and I am now deep conditioning with Ayurvedic herbs. Plan on trying out henna real soon though. I’m still trying to lock down a regimen with few products but I do suffer from the “let’s try this and that” syndrome.
8. What products are in your arsenal?
Guess I answered this question when talking about my regimen but my absolute love it list consists of Chamomille Soap, Vo5 moisture milks in strawberry…it smells divine! I also love Herbal Essences Hello Hydration for co-washing. For deep conditioning I am enjoying the ayurvedic treatments for now. I love the Giovanni Leave in Condish and I absolutely swear by Vatika Oil, Coconut Oil and Shea- Butter.
What I love most about being natural is that it matches who I am as a person and the lifestyle I have chosen to have.