Where are you from and what do you do?
S: I’m from New York, currently living in Harlem. I work in retail for the Jean Shop.
When did you go natural? Why?
S: The first time I went natural was back in 2005. The Big Chop had become my only option after months of having my hair sauteed in fire cream and permanent hair color. One day I was washing my hair in the shower and began the conditioner step. I attempted to comb the conditioner through my hair as was my routine back then. While doing so, whatever hair I had from my ears down to my neck politely excused itself from my scalp. Since it wasn’t 1994 and I was not a member of Immature, shaving the back of my hair and keeping the rest was not an option.
After a year and a half of wearing my hair natural, I relaxed it again. I quickly grew tired of how much time and money my hair required. I went natural again after about 9 months.
What style do you love to rock?
S: I love rocking my ‘fro. The bigger, the better. I also love up ‘dos.
What do you use in your hair?
S: In my hair I use DevaCurl One conditioner for co-washing every 2–3 days. When doing a twist-out I use setting/wrap foaming lotion. When doing bantu-knots I use Aveda’s men sculpting clay. For deep conditioning treatment I use DevaCurl Heaven In Hair creme.
Do you prefer natural to relaxed? If so, why? If not, why not?
S: I prefer wearing my hair natural. It’s cheaper, requires less maintenance, and my hair is always ‘done’. My hair is truly in the get up and go state when it’s natural. I often think back and am amazed at how much time I used to spend on my hair and can’t fathom ever adopting that practice again. The fact that I couldn’t even do something as simple as wash my hair spontaneously because I needed to have at least 2 hours to wash, blow dry and flat iron is absurd. I don’t know how I was okay with that.
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