An excerpt from an interview she gave:
What were the main reasons for your choice to wear your natural hair? I just like to feel my hair and scalp 🙂 I use to wear weaves for many years, but for whatever reason I liked touching the new growth. So over 10 years ago, I just decided to never do a weave again. I love the freedom not having to work my hair styles according to how my hair was weaved, but instead enjoy doing whatever style I feel…with/without ADD ON hair options 🙂 I do wear wigs pretty often for certain types of castings and because of the many hair horror stories I’ve experienced on jobs. I utilize wigs because my hair stays protected; the lengths are interchangeable; clients like my hair options; and if a hairstylist puts various products and heating agents that damage the wig, I can just replace it 🙂
What are your earliest hair memories? How did these memories influence your hair journey today? My earliest hair memories are of my mom taking a whole Saturday to braid and bead the hair of my sister and I. I hated how long it took, but she didn’t have to comb our hair for about 2 weeks. Other times I remember sitting on the pillow in front of my mom’s chair by the stove, as she would press my hair straight. I endured sitting still and resisted flinching even when I had been burned by the pressing comb, because I wanted my hair straight. Of course, the scarf that would typically stay on better when my hair was braided, always managed to escape my head in the middle of the night when it was pressed straight.
I look back and see how my hair journey has influenced how I embrace the natural texture of my children’s hair. I rarely press my daughter’s hair straight, because I love how thick and kinky it is. Not fun to detangle, but it’s very beautiful. I tell her constantly to never have her hair relaxed because her hair is beautiful like it is. My son loves his curly fro too. He has admired some of the pictures I have shown him of several of my male cousins who have hair to the middle of their backs. My boyfriend’s hair (which is naturally straight) is past his shoulders, and my son keeps referring to how he want his hair to be long like his.
What does having naturalhair mean to you?I know that our skin is a huge organ that absorbs what we put on it. Naturally, the thought of the harsh chemicals that are found in hair relaxers, being absorbed into my scalp, kinda disturbs me. Also there is a freedom I enjoy with natural hair. Freedom from chemical burns; freedom from spending hours in a hair salon to get my hair retouched; freedom from spending hours of pressing my hair straight; the freedom to wash and go; and the freedom to be admired by those who appreciate my natural hair.