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Avatar • Oct 22, 2009

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“When I big chopped, I felt free inside. I looked in the mirror for the first time and saw no masks, nothing to hide behind. I saw the real me…and I loved it.” ~Sierra
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Where are you from and what do you do?
S:
I’m from Houston, TX, but currently living in San Francisco, CA. I’m in school….some day I’ll be an attorney, but I always have been and ALWAYS will be a writer. I also blog and am launching a magazine soon to highlight the Black experience that takes place off the beaten path. (Shout out to my fellow AfroPunks out there!)

AfroPunk revolves around music, celebrating black rock, (particularly punk/hardcore punk, but all types of rock music are represented). We (Black people) are so creative and special and diverse. AfroPunk celebrates the other Black experience.…the one that the media and society as a whole doesn’t shine light on because they just do’t get it. Just because I’m a fro’d out sister doesn’t mean that I automatically listen to Hip-Hop and R&B or act/dress/live a certain way.

When did you go natural?
S:
I started transitioning in October 2008 and big chopped on March 12th of this year. Unhealthy relaxed hair was never an issue for me. I was never into weave so I didn’t have breakage at the hairline or anything. Everything was peachy, right? WRONG.

I kept my hair straight not because I wanted to, but because I felt I had to. When I reached a certain point in my life though, that was just no longer acceptable. Plus, there’s nothing more beautiful to me than natural Black hair.

What style do you love to rock?
S:
My favorite style of the moment is the braid out. Its super simple, works for a whole week (loose, pinned up on one or both sides or as a frohawk) and best of all, it even works with my inevitable frizz.

For a while, I was too chicken to experiment so I rocked a curly fro, puff or cornrows in front with a curly fro in back pretty much all the time. That was boring though. I was missing out on all of the fun of having these corkscrews, coils and kinks.

Do you prefer natural hair?
S:
I definitely prefer natural. I am finally rounding the corner to understanding who I am, not who everyone says I should be or expects me to be. My relaxed hair was an outward symbol of my inner struggle to break free from conformity and expectation to live true to myself. My subconscious need to fit in and be accepted was stifling my potential to create…love…live.

When I big chopped, I felt free inside. I looked in the mirror for the first time and saw no masks, nothing to hide behind. I saw the real me…and I loved it. “Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

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For more of Sierra check out her blog, http://withanamelikesierra.blogspot.com/

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Sarah
Sarah
11 years ago

Sierra you look GORGEOUS as always… love the “do” and keep rockin the faux-hawk… that is super awesome!.… come back to TeXaS and give me a shout! Sarah Prewitt

Catherine
Catherine
11 years ago

Very inspiring for all women. Let’s keep it natural ladies…no matter your background!

~Cat, SF

Gloria McClain
Gloria McClain
11 years ago

Sierra, you rock! I love the hairdos and keep writing! I just want to say, “Beautiful.”

BajanPrincess82
BajanPrincess82
11 years ago

Love the hair/earring combo in the first picture. You look great!

chasity
chasity
11 years ago

Get it GAL!!!! You looking AWESOME!!!! Keep it natural!!! Holla from H‑town!

Kweenie
Kweenie
11 years ago

Awesome pictures! Can’t wait for my fro to get that big!

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
11 years ago

Wow I love what you said about keeping your hair straight because you felt you “had to”. That’s how I felt. People always said my relaxed hair was long, healthy, and thick and why did I cut it. B.c I felt like it and didn’t want relaxed hair anymore. I hadn’t wanted it for years but I was worried about everyone’s opinion of me would be if I cut it. I’m so glad you decided to do what you wanted to do. You look beautifuL 🙂

Roopa
Roopa
11 years ago

Suuuperb.

G
G
11 years ago

Love!

chad
chad
11 years ago

I think that a natural way is the best and she truly represent
Many layers of cultural texture with this growth of self love
With powerful looking hair love it.

RetroFan
RetroFan
11 years ago

An inspirational interview Sierra! As far back I can remember, I started getting relaxers at the age of 7. After so many touch-ups over the years, and into adulthood, I had actually forgotten what my natural texture is. I definitely felt that I had to maintain chemically-straightened hair in order to appease those who frown at natural hair; especially if it’s thick and course. One day, I made the decision that I couldn’t care less about the negative outlook regarding natural hair. I finally did the BC in May 2008. And when I mention the BC I mean I cut… Read more »

Shay
Shay
11 years ago

This girl is beautiful on the inside and out. Her words are so encouraging. Love you Sierra!!!

RetroFan
RetroFan
11 years ago

I meant “Coarse” not “Course”.

Genia
Genia
11 years ago

I love it natural beauty is the best you are inspiration for me … Your look is unique and beautiful … You are speaking the truth … represent gurl …

D. Barnes
D. Barnes
11 years ago

Great look lil Cuz. Keep it indie. Stay true to Y.O.U.

Ramon
Ramon
11 years ago

Love the interview Sierra. Your hair looks gorgeous and you look beautiful.

Sierra
11 years ago

Thanks so much for all the love, guys! You are all beautiful!!! I’m so happy that BGLH provides a platform to learn about and celebrate natural hair! Rock on…

Shanelle
Shanelle
11 years ago

I’m lovin’ it!!! I am on my way back to my roots! Very encouraging. I rememeber the road you had to travel to get to this point! I am am excited for you! Love ya!!!!!

Kathy
Kathy
11 years ago

You look great Sierra, keep it up!

indulgenceiskey
11 years ago

Wonderful Interview! Sierra, you hair is gwageous girl! I can’t wait for the magazine. Continue to do your thing and keep striving and believing in yourself. You can achieve the impossible!

Schnell
Schnell
11 years ago

Loving the style cuz but I have u beat went natural back in Jan.2002 when I cut all the hair off and went with a low cut fade for 5yrs. then decided to grow it all back been 2 almost 3yrs now since i started growing it again and still no perms although i’ve got the wildest bush on the head now but love the natural too.

Bri
Bri
11 years ago

Gorgeous ladies!

I’m one of those in the meeting who pulls knots out too. That made me laugh!

Ashley
Ashley
11 years ago

wow sierra u make me want to go natural right now!

Courtney
Courtney
11 years ago

You look beautiful and your story inspires me!

Epiphany3000
Epiphany3000
10 years ago

Love the hair! GORGEOUS!

Lolitha
Lolitha
10 years ago

Hey Sierra you are gorgeous any way you rock your style. We are from the same roots so how can I get back to the natural without going bald..:-0 you are awesome babygirl and your writings are absolutely inspirational.…Love you keep on doin what you do.…

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