Monday, September 24, 2012

Older Natural Feature - Biafra

This is a special post... XU baby!!!

1. How long have you been Natural?
1st time started in 1989- 14 years. Cut my hair after the birth of my last baby in 2003. Thought I wanted a "change". Had a relaxer for 6 months.  This time started in 2004- 8 years so far.

2. Why did you become Natural?

1st time because I was sick of going into that hair room on the 3rd floor in St. Joe! :-) It seemed like such a waste of time. This time because I made a huge discovery. I have no idea how women have a satisfying sex life with processed hair. I cut my locks after 14 years and got a relaxer the exact same day. BIG MISTAKE! :-) Then I discovered the headache, in addition to the long ass wait at the salon, that goes along with trying to maintain a hairstyle while trying to have relations. It sucks! Who wants to be in the moment and have to worry about messing up their style? Not me! People think I have locks for cultural or religious reasons when the plain truth is I have them for amorous reasons. :-) My secret is revealed!
3. Was it a hard transition? How did you transition?

Nope. I just cut off all my hair both times and started from scratch.

4. Did your age aid in your decision to go Natural?
When I was 19 it was a trip because that was back in 1989 and no one had locks who wasn't a Rastafarian. It was especially weird because I am a woman and noooo women were going natural back then. Of course people thought I was nuts! There were no locticians or anything so I was pretty much on my own and had to figure it out as I went along but I had a great group of friends who were wildly supportive so it was great! (Thanks!)

5. Does your age make it easier or harder to be Natural?

Both times it was pretty easy for me because I don't give a damn what people think of me.

6. Do you see many Older Naturals in your area? If so, what styles are they sporting?
Yes! This is Atlanta so I see it all!!!

 7. How do you primarily wear your Natural hair?

8. Favorite products and/or product line?
Pantene for shampoo and conditioner, good ol' olive oil for moisture, Jamaican Mango and Lime Locking Gel for maintenance and Taliyaah Waajid Herbal Cleanse for in between shampoos.

9. Any words of wisdom or encouragement for other Older Naturals already Natural or thinking about it?

Just do it!!!!!

OK, this is a sister Xavierite!  We lived on the 3rd floor of ST. Joe's dorm on Xavier University's (XU) campus way back in the late 80's.  There was such a great bond with so many wonderful women on that floor and most of us keep in touch via FB and other means.  I vividly remember her going Natural and I think ole girl even thought of washing her hair with Tide to get the relaxer out!!  LOL...it was wild.  I've been wanting her ass to share for a minute and she finally found the time.  She is one of the most beautiful women I know (inside and out) and truly happy she shared her Natural hair journey with us.

I am always looking for lovely Naturals (30 and older) to share so check out my Contact page for more info.

Take care Naturals,


  1. We did use Tide!!! It was Annette, Inez, Tedral, Tonya and everybody else in that hair room washing my hair with that rough Tide trying to get the relaxer out. That was so crazy. I just want to say that when I decided to start my locs in 1989 I had a brother who told me that this will let me know who my true friends are because the people who truly love you and support you will be there for you and all the others will slowly fade away and you'll know you didn't need them in your life anyway. I didn't think that would happen because of my hair but it did and I found out who the people who love me are no matter what. You guys laughed at me, said I was crazy and that I wasn't going to do it but when I came back from that first winter break with my head shaved you knew I was serious and you never turned your backs on me and I love you forever for that. The thing I remember most about starting my locs when I was 19 was a whole lot of sister love. My friends helped me twist, found new products for me, helped me pick out pretty scarves during that ugly stage and so much more. Sure I was the only one going natural but it was something that didn't divide us. We knew that hair did not define us. It just made us more fly and the flyer the better.
    I must say that I have young daughters and one thing that is not an issue for them and their friends is hair, They wear weaves, braids, shave it, get mohawks, dye it, relax it, twist it, flat iron, go bald, wear wigs... And it's all beautiful. They do what they want and move on to other things like school and careers. Nothing as trivial as hair is getting in their way. I love it!

    1. Times have really changed and I'm so glad we were there to help you. I would have never even guessed I would ever go natural but here I am. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. I love the fact the she is so secure with herself to just cut do it! Great post.


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