Where do you live?
M: I’m from Shelbyville, KY, but I stay in Louisville, KY for school. I am a student at the University of Louisville and I am majoring in Art. After I graduate I am hoping to become an Art Therapist.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M: I had been contemplating going natural for about 2 years before I actually got up the courage to do it. I had always been afraid, because I was used to having long hair. However, I really needed a change physically and mentally (I figured it would help me grow up). I was tired of hiding behind my hair and looking like everyone else.
I’m so happy with my decision and think my new TWA (teeny weeny afro) fits me.
My last relaxer was August 1, 2009 and I big chopped on March 20, 2010, so I transitioned for 7 months. I transitioned by wearing buns and braidouts most of the time. I have always been very shy, but going natural has made me feel more confident and more comfortable with myself.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learnt from?
M: Too much manipulation causing less curl definition and frizzy hair. Also being too heavy handed with products (it just wastes product and can look bad).
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
M: Even though I haven’t been natural for very long the most effective thing I do for my hair is wetting my hair daily. I haven’t experienced dryness with my hair (yet) and I believe that wetting it is the reason why.
What do you use in your hair?
M: I’m still trying to find products without becoming a product junkie lol, but right now I’m using VO5 for co-washes, Organix coconut milk shampoo and conditioner, Creme of Nature leave in conditioner, and I seal with coconut oil.
How does your hair express who you are?
M: It is unique and beautiful. It shows that I am not like anyone else and I’m comfortable in my own skin.