Recently I was notified that D Woods, formerly of the group Danity Kane, had a full head of gorgeous curls. Having only seen her with straight hair, I found it hard to believe until I peeped the photos. Her hair is the TRUTH so I asked her if she could share a little with BGLH. Enjoy!
First off your natural hair is GORGEOUS. Why don’t you wear it out more often?
D: I actually wear it natural the majority of the time. And I’m slowly but surely converting the way the public sees me by slowly introducing them to styles in my recent photos and public appearances. But I must admit I do face alot of opposition with hair stylists cuz everyone doesn’t get it or know how to rock natural hair and make it fly.
Although members of the natural hair community (those of use who know about your real hair) are crazy about your curls, gossip blogs/commenters can be rude when photos of you with natural hair are posted. Does it ever bother you?
D: It does bother me sometimes. I feel bad that black women can’t be valued with all our different looks and especially our NATURAL look. But I know I like this choice the best and the more I commit to it the blogs will just have to accept it.
Can you give a brief history of your hair?
D: Well growing up I went through what most lil black girls go through, everybody wants long flowing hair. But I rocked crown rows with beads at the end, sat next to the stove holding my ear down to get it pressed out and finally got the “creamy crack” treatment. But I always had thick hair and I had a revelation in 11th grade that my personality went better with natural, curly, funky styles. So I went natural. It took a lil bit for me to find my niche with it cuz socially people feel natural hair has you seen in a certain way. I even had to completely cover it with sew in weaves to protect my hair while I was in the group and didn’t have control of my image.
A while back you were rocking an asymmetrical cut. Did you actually cut your hair for that, or was it a wig?
D: It’s funny because I had to really cut my hair at first because of damage done to my hair with constant flat ironing and the wrong people handling my natural hair trying to make it straight all the time. But the hair cut wasn’t that dramatic. My hairstylist and I wanted to try something for my Bday and since we were half way there we tried a full sew in and she cut one side all the way down. The blogs went in on me then too but now everybody’s doing it 3 years later, lol.
So, when you’re not rocking a natural look, how do you style your hair?
D: Because my hair is very thick but also considered “fine”, flat ironing works well but doesn’t last as soon as I get near moisture or humidity. Wigs bother me, they are either uncomfortable or I’m scared they will fall off, lol. I do sew in weaves if I’m not rocking my own hair.
What’s your favorite natural look for when you do choose to rock your natural hair?
D: I like to rock a big puffy pony tail to the side. It gives me a retro 80’s feel.
How do you care for your hair?
D: Hair care is an ever going project. I try different products to get the right fit for my hair type and the look I want. But getting a deep conditioner and trim every couple weeks helps to keep it healthy.
What current or upcoming projects are you working on?
D: You can go cop my new EP titled THE GRAY AREA on Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc NOW!!
Thanks D. for talking with us!! Be sure to show her some love on Twitter!