1. How long have you been Natural?
Off and on for many years before 2006. It became full time since 2006 but i
did wear straight and natural style wigs also because I like the change
up but did not have the length.
2. Why did you become Natural?
Money was an issue most of the times, so I wore latchhooks styles and wigs; and then due to ending an abusive relationship I wanted a complete change and wore my own hair in its natural stat.
3. Was it a hard transition? How did you transition?
No, not hard at all. I was never a hardcore fan of the weave or relaxed
hair for me. I loved it on others but my hair was
thin and I could not afford to take care of it properly when relaxed
or straightened when wearing it relaxer free.
I started with a texturizer and then stopped when my own
hair begin to have a nice look without help of chemicals, but i would
go back to a texturizer whenever it grew beyond a certain point because I
did not know how to handle my hair between a TWA stage and a little longer
than a TWA. Now I use castor oil and I can handle the TWA length
better. My texture changed after giving birth in 2009 and just could not
get it together but thanks to the group Natural Hair and the tip of
castor oil, I love my short hair. I would love it shorter like when I had the TWA because I
loved my curl pattern then.
4. Did your age aid in your decision to go Natural?
No, not at all.
5. Does your age make it easier or harder to be Natural?
My maturity problem helps me be more aware of who I am.
6. Do you see many Older Naturals in your area? If so, what styles are they sporting?
I mostly see nice tapered cut/fades.
7. How do you primarily wear your Natural hair?
I wear a twist out that morphs into a curly fro like Wanda Sykes.
8. Favorite products and/or product line?
Now, CASTOR OIL and Suave professional conditioner.
9. Any words of wisdom or encouragement for other Older Naturals already Natural or thinking about it?
are like me and have admired natural hair since being a teen and want to do, just do it. I love all forms of natural hair
and wish I could afford to try different hairstyles. To me it is
just beautiful and we look beautiful in styles that are uniquely our
own. Be encouraged and enjoy the compliments. Enjoy not being bound by
society’s view on what is “deemed” appropriate hair.
No one could have said it better! Forget what society deems as beautiful and rock your own tresses! All of our tresses are gorgeous but most of us had to learn that after years of being told is was unacceptable or unprofessional or even just plain old ghetto. Yes, she really said a mouthful. I’ve got to thank Val for sharing her story and admitting just how unique we are and how sometimes money ain’t always available to do what you want. Lovely family, handsome hubby, beautiful mama and baby and she’s making it all work. Gotta give her props for that.
I’d LOVE to know what put you on the path to going Natural whether you’ve been Natural all your life or started even yesterday. Check out my Contact page (up top) for more info.
Take care Naturals,