I met Nadjia at the BGLH Meetup Saturday. She agreed to share her hair story on BGLH 🙂
Where do you live?
N: I live in the South Shore area of Chicago and I rep the South Side. I’m an ELM Education student.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N: I was tired of looking the same. In November of ’07 I started letting it grow out and I cut all the perm off in Jan ’08.
In what ways has going natural affected you?
N: First I noticed the men, and how they reacted to natural hair. My feelings were hurt at first because I was single and used to getting attention from men. When I cut the hair off they wouldn’t even look at me. I got over it because I am happy with myself. Besides those shallow brothers aren’t my type so it’s easier to weed them out. I feel free in a sense. It’s a lot of work in the winter because of the cold…can’t wash it and go. But my hair is fun and makes me happy.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learnt from?
N: Using gel. My texture can be funny. Gel makes it look like a jerry curl.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
N: I need some help with that. I use Infusium 23 leave in conditioner when I wash it, but I can’t say I do a lot to it. I two strand twist it with lock and twist gel sometimes, to let it breath from me messing with it.
What do you use in your hair?
N: I wash it with Garnier Fructis Fortifying Hydra-Curls shampoo and conditioner. I use Kiss My Face Medium Hold styling gel from Whole Foods. And I spray Fantasia IC Hair polish mist for shine. I will also use a little of the IC gel for fly aways but not a lot.
How does your hair express who you are?
N: It’s free, like me. A little tamed but has a wild side. Cultured. Naturally beautiful because it is healty inside. It’s black and powerful.
Anything else you want to add?
N: I think this site is great. If anyone has any tips on what I can use to define the natural curls more without it looking like a jerry curl, please let me know. Thanks :o) L says~There was actually a great post on this recently. Check it out HERE.