Friday, June 15, 2012

The Interview: Rocking short hair and don't care....

Hi beauties:

It's been a hot minute since I've posted a natural hair interview so I'm here to share the story of a beautiful lady that I met at a 'women's' event. I saw this beauty walking across the auditorium and thought, "oh my, she's dark n lovely". Of course, I approached her and asked if she'd be interested in doing a natural hair interview to which she surprisingly answered, "um, ok, sure...".

Although I only just met MJ, I sensed that she had a positive, vibrant spirit.

With that said, let's get right into it.

Me:How long have you been natural?
MJ: I have been natural for eight (8) months on May 24th, 2012

Me: What inspired/motivated you to go natural?
MJ: The first time I went natural it was not necessarily my decision. I had a bad experience with braids where glue was applied to my hair and the only way to remove these braids was to cut my hair off to about a half inch. This was a very traumatic event for me as I was a professional and at the time. I didn’t think that short natural was professional. I was natural eight months the first time around, this lasted eight months until I had a bad hair day and decided to relax it. Three month later I big chopped it, this was MY choice. I realized that I much more enjoyed my natural texture.

Me: What were your biggest fears/ concerns (if any) about going natural?
MJ: That I wouldn’t look professional and that I would be judged by my colleagues.

Me: Did you 'big chop' or transition?
MJ: The second time around I transitioned for three months. However, I still ended up cutting my hair pretty low when I chopped it.

Me: If you transitioned, then how? (Weave braids, wig, etc). If you big chopped, what motivated you?
MJ: I transitioned with roller sets. I quickly became tired of having to roll my hair so often, so one day I just went to a barber and cut it.
Me: How do you maintain your natural hair/ what is your hair regimen (daily, weekly, monthly)?
MJ: I mostly wear wash and go’s but lately I have been trying different styles like fro hawks and blow outs. When I first big chopped, I washed my hair every two days, now I’m down to once a week. I only us shampoo if I notice a lot of buildup. After I wash or co-wash, I apply coconut oil or EV olive oil and finger comb (shingling) in my gel.

Me: Are you a member of any natural hair group? If so, which one(s)?
MJ: Not really, I mostly subscribe to natural hair ladies on Youtube.

Me: What is/ are your natural hair goal(s)?
MJ: To just see how long it will grow. I don’t want to focus too much on length. My ultimate natural hair goal is to teach my daughter that she is BEAUTIFUL with the hair/ texture God gave her.

Me: What type of feedback have you received since you went natural (transitioned or big chopped)?
MJ: Mostly good. My husband is my best supporter. Only once have I been ask “why don’t you get a relaxer", to which my answer was ,“because I love my hair”.

Me: What are your favorite hairstyles?
MJ: Wash and go’s. Having two young children makes it difficult sometimes to style my hair. I just get up apply some olive oil, manipulate it a little and go.

Me: How has your natural hair journey been since you went natural? (Do you enjoy it? Do you find it difficult? Do you miss your processed hair?)
MJ: I love it, I feel really beautiful. Most people ask me if I am African (to me this is a compliment), I say no, I am American. I have my days where I don’t know what to do with my hair, but which woman doesn't?

Me: Do you know your hair type? (4a, 4b, 4c, 3a, 3b etc).
MJ: I am a 4b, 4c.

Me: What is your least favorite thing about having natural hair?
MJ: Having a clogged shower drain, lol.

Me: What was your hair like before you went natural? (jerri-curl, relaxed, weaved, texturized etc).
MJ: My hair was relaxed.

Me: Do you make any of your own natural hair products? If so, what product and how do you use the product?
MJ: The only thing that I have made so far iss mixing my oil with Shea butter.

Me: What is your least favorite thing about being natural?
MJ: I don’t think I have one.
Me: Awesome!!

Me: Has being natural affected your lifestyle in anyway? (your relationships with friends, a partner, work?)
MJ: Not really. I have decided to eat healthier but I’m not sure if there is a connection. Being natural has not affected any of my relationships.

Me:List 3-5 of your favorite natural hair products? How do you use them? (include frequency of use)


1. Water
2. Coconut oil
3. Extra Virgin Olive oil
4. Shea butter
5. IC Fantasia Gel

Me: For other persons wanting to go natural, what is ONE piece of advice you would give?
MJ: I’d say to that person that they would develop a new confidence and a more genuine confidence.

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