Having natural hair doesn’t mean we are not educated, modern or classy we simply love ourselves and the way we were created by the Creator. Read on about Victoria’s hairstory:
1. Have you always been natural? When did you go natural?
I had been natural haired as a child and somewhere in high school I put in relaxers. Then at the end of 2011 I cut my hair short but it still had relaxers in it.
2. Why and how did you go natural? Did you transition or big chopped?
I basically got tired of the burning sensation one experience when relaxing the hair. I started transitioning in the beginning of 2012 and did a big chop in December of 2012.
3. Did you do the big chop or transition? Why?
I first started transitioning and then I did a big chop because I wanted the cropped hairstyle.
4. How has your family and friends reacted to you going natural?
No one in my family had a problem as two of my sisters are naturals and my mom as well. My friends were ok with it, one of them is a natural herself and I have two others transitioning.
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?
I am still learning what works and what not but I think I am getting there. I wash mostly when I remove my protective hairstyles, if no protective hairstyle I wash after every second week. I use coconut oil to moisturize my scalp and have a fusion of oils to moisturize the hair. I use a blend of coconut, almond, castor, olive and linseed oils dapped into water and a bit of leave in conditioner. I sometimes use Shea butter for deep conditioning my hair.
6. What are some of the styles you use?
I mostly do protective hairstyles but have recently started experimenting with doing my own hair. I sometimes blow out my hair, like when I go to functions but I try to really limit the use of heat on my hair lately. I love the twist or braid out afro, high puff and a simple ponytail. Once I have enough time to spend on my hair I will try out the beautiful styles I see on other naturalists.
7. How has the whole natural experience been?
Becoming a natural was the best decision I ever made. I feel at ease, have less hassle with hair and best of all I don’t need to battle the itch of weaves. With the revolution of natural hair a lot of people are embracing their naturals and for us who are natural already it is an inspiration for us to soldier on and defend our natural hair against societies beliefs and stereotypes.
8. How does this fit into your everyday life? Work? School?
It fits in perfectly my hair is always done neat and if anyone has a problem they haven’t voiced it yet.
9. What were some of the best advice/critics you have ever received after going natural?
Best advice was to moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. I have had people ask me why I don’t relax my hair and I tell them it’s because of who I am I don’t need chemicals in my hair. My hair is beautiful already, the looks I get sometimes it’s hilarious I tell you.
10. What advice would you give to those transitioning or thinking about going natural?
I would say that they learn about taking care of natural hair. It is a rewarding journey it liberates us and make us love ourselves and the fun you have with natural hair it’s amazing. Having natural hair doesn’t mean we are not educated, modern or classy we simply love ourselves and the way we were created by the Creator. If He wanted us any different he would not have made us have kinky hair. Let’s stop conforming to society and live our life as was intended.