“African hair is beautiful , we can do so many natural hairstyles without the need to relax or perm”. Elizabeth is growing micro dreadlocks. Here is the rest of her hairstory:
1. Have you always been natural? When did you go natural?
No, when i was younger my hair used to be relaxed, until I decided to go natural in 1999.
2. Why and how did you go natural? Did you transition or big chopped?
I experienced really bad hair breakage from the relaxers and I didn’t like the burning sensation on my scalp due to the relaxer. I had to cut off my damaged hair and start anew with my very 1st set of dreadlocks.
3. Did you do the big chop or transition? Why?
I went with the big chop cause my hair was really damaged.
4. How has your family and friends reacted to you going natural?
My family thought I was crazy for starting dreadlocks. On the street I would often be called ”Rasta” and some people wanted to know how do I wash my hair/ dreadlocks.
5. How do you take care of your hair? i.e. How often do you wash? How do you keep your hair moisturized? What products and techniques do you use?
Currently, I’m growing micro dreads after my 2nd big chop in December 2014. At the moment, they are in a protective style of braids. Because I’m at the beginning/ baby stage of my dread journey, I wash my hair every two weeks and in between, I moisturize with water/tea tree oil/ olive oil mixture in a spray bottle. I use Dr Miracle’s Conditioning Shampoo to wash my hair.
6. What are some of the styles you use?
I’m not experimenting with styles yet because of the short length.
7. How has the whole natural experience been?
I love being natural, there’s so much freedom by just being natural and simply embracing the natural self on a spiritual level.
8. How does this fit into your everyday life? Work? School?
With me, being natural fits in well with my job. Its really a wash-and-go lifestyle and its great.
9. What were some of the best advice/critics you have ever received after going natural?
The worst criticism was that kinky hair looked bad on me. How could hair that is growing from my scalp, look bad on me?….just because it’s kinky.
10. What advice would you give to those transitioning or thinking about going natural?
Go for it, it’s the best thing you can do to your very self. African hair is beautiful , we can do so many natural hairstyles without the need to relax or perm.