*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
S: I’m Sa-Roc. I’m an emcee. I live in the nu atlantis AKA Atlanta, GA, but I was born and raised in D.C.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: I’ve actually been natural all my life. I was raised in an African centered household and my parents taught us to be proud of our beautiful natural hair.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
S: When I was in elementary school I rocked a short fro. This was a little challenging at times. There were some mean girls who called me a boy, which was pretty hurtful at the time. It actually made me stand up to my father and tell him I didn’t want my hair cut anymore, lol! For the most part, I had no problems though. I’ve always loved my 9 ether hair.
How would you describe your hair?
S: Tightly curled, wiry, medium thickness, soft.
What is your regimen?
S: I really don’t do much to my hair. I switch shampoos often. Right now I’m using Jason’s Tea Tree Shampoo. I typically don’t use conditioners. I use coconut oil to moisturize my hair and a homemade concoction of jojoba oil, tea tree, and lavender on my scalp.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
S: Coloring it myself, lol! As a teenager, I used to color it quite often. I would totally dry my hair out and literally change my hair texture from dyeing too frequently with harsh, chemically laden hair color. My stylist, Rayna of It’s a Natural Thang salon (itsanaturalthang.com), now exclusively colors my hair. She treats my hair with shea butter for conditioning after she colors it. She also NEVER uses color that requires bleaching, as it can seriously damage the hair follicle.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
S: Use all natural products without parabens (which can cause irritation and are possibly carcinogenic), SLS (harsh detergents that can cause drying and irritation), or petroleum/mineral oil (clogs pores). Earthly Delight and Aubrey are two of my favorite brands that work great without these harmful ingredients.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S: Get the NEW SA-ROC MIXTAPE, 16/16’s FREE when you subscribe to my blog: Sarocthemc.com
Anything else you want to add?
S: NO STRESS!!! A lot of times we can obsess to no end about our hair. I’ve found that just letting my hair breathe with minimal products and a whole LOTTA love, it has grown quickly and healthy. Oh yeah, and KEEP IT NATURAL!!!