Monday, August 27, 2012

Older Natural Feature - Jackie

1. How long have you been Natural?
August 30th will make 4 years.

2. Why did you become Natural?
Prior to 2008, I had transitioned twice since I began perming my hair at age 15.  The first time was by accident.  I had bleached my hair and it broke off.  So, I just grew my hair out for about 2-3 months and cut off the bleached hair.  After about 3 months after I BC'd, I didn't know what to do with my hair except wear it in an Afro or braid with extensions.  Also, I wasn't comfortable with the responses that i kept getting that i looked like a boy.  So, back to the perm I went.  In the spring of 2006, I found out I was pregnant with my daughter and decided that I did not want the chemicals in my system from the perm.  Initially I was pressing it but it became a hassle to try to keep up with every week, especially during the summer months.  So against my cousin/beautician's wishes, bc #2 happened.  

I actually didn't care that people didn't like my hair in my twa style when I was pregnant.  It was convenient and easy for me to deal with during my pregnancy.  Besides, who's going to argue with a pregnant woman? lol.  It wasn't until I had my daughter that I really had planned on staying natural but still, I didn't know what to do with my hair.  I didn't do much of anything when I was pregnant and I didn't have the money or time to spare with a new baby to take care of.  So, back to the perm again.  After about 8 months, I regretted my decision to go back to the perm.  So, I decided to do some research about going back natural and ways I could style my hair.  It was at that time that I discovered Nappturality.com and became engrossed with the information about what I was going to do.  I officially started my transition in March 2008.  My transition phase was HORRIBLE!  Nothing would keep my hair moisturized and even trying protective styling was a joke.  Within two months of beginning my transition, every time I was in my hair it was breaking off very badly at the line of demarcation.  If I had known to stay away from shampoo at the time, that might have made things easier but hindsight is 20/20.  Finally in the middle of August, I decided to do a mini BC.  I went to the salon, let them straighten my hair and cut my hair into a short style.  That lasted all of two weeks.  I was in the process of getting ready to move from PA to NJ and was not starting my new job with perm still in my hair.  I didn't know of any salons where I was moving to and was not letting just anyone mess around in my hair.  So on August 30th, I went to the barber shop right next to the salon that I did my mini BC and let him cut out the rest of the perm.  I've been nappy and happy ever since.

 3. Was it a hard transition? How did you transition?

My transition aggravated me.  My hair just refused to cooperate.  I think if I used braids and knew about co-washing I would have had a better time of it.  I mainly tried to twist my hair and wear it in a twist out style.

4. Did your age aid in your decision to go Natural?
I think it did to an extent.  This time around I found it easier to be comfortable that my hair and wasn't always going to be "done" all of the time and that if I didn't feel like styling it, i just wasn't going to. 
5. Does your age make it easier or harder to be Natural?
I think that depends on the person.  Some people see being natural as an older woman style.  Personally, I think any woman of any age can be natural.  They just have to be confident and find hair styles the they are most comfortable with.

6. Do you see many Older Naturals in your area? If so, what styles are they sporting?
 I do see many naturals in my area and most of them are sporting the twa.  I love to see it.

7. How do you primarily wear your Natural hair?
Primarily, my hair is either in a twist out, Afro or braided/twisted with extensions.  I'm still growing my hair out from a 4th BC and  wear I wore a Caesar cut from Oct 2011 to Oct 2012.  Any other styles will be because I just need something outside of the norm.

8. Favorite products and/or product line?
My favorite products are Castor oil, wild grow oil, jojoba oil, Shea butter, vitamin e oil and coconut oil.  My fav product lines are Shea moisture, trader Joe's, Giovanni, kinky curly and Curls.
9. Any words of wisdom or encouragement for other Older Naturals already Natural or thinking about it?
To just be confident and know that you are not alone in this Natural world.

Jackie is proof that more than one BC is OK and you don't have to go on this journey any special way.  We all have found our way one path or another so our experiences are very special.  Jackie is beautiful with any style she rocks.  

Check out my new feature next Monday which is my Older Natural Feature day.  Come and share your story with us as well.

Take care Naturals,

1 comment

  1. I can relate to her story because I too didn't perm my hair when I was pregnant and 50/50 hindsight makes me want to kick myself for perming my hair after 9 months of transitioning.


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