I have been natural now for almost 10 years.
2. Why did you become Natural?
I am actively involved (or doing my best most days) to be more spiritually aware. One of the practitioners I visited (an astrologist with long dreads) suggested I remove the chemicals from my hair. What he said was I was highly intuitive, but could be even better without the chemicals. So, I stopped relaxing and started the transition.
3. Was it a hard transition? Yes, at times. How did you transition?
I just stopped getting perms and trimmed as necessary.
4. Did your age aid in your decision to go Natural?
Absolutely. I am WAY older - 57 in June. I am comfortable in my own skin, have never really CARED how other people were affected by my style or hair. My husband did object - however, I confirmed it was my hair and my decision. He backed down.
5. Does your age make it easier or harder to be Natural?
6. Do you see many Older Naturals in your area? If so, what styles are they sporting?
I live in the Baltimore area. MOST women over 50 are natural. Seems as if everyone got the same message! The really cool thing is to see so many young sisters also sporting the natural look. There are still loads of weaves. However, it appears those ages are 20-45. The other thing is many younger woman don't have a perm and use weaves, braids, twists, natural at will. To each their own, I say!
7. How do you primarily wear your Natural hair?
I twist it and take it out. On special occasions, I will have it hot curled.
8. Favorite products and/or product line?
I ONLY use Nubian Heritage Black Soap to wash my hair. I have started using Kids Organics Shea Butter Detangling moisturizing hair care lotion, African Pride Shea Butter Miracle and an Argan Oil by Sunflower Cosmetics that is quite AMAZING! My hair is now almost 10 healthy inches long! I now have the hair I used to have in 1974! I use no shampoo or conditioner.
9. Any words of wisdom or encouragement for other Older Naturals already Natural or thinking about it?
Any woman who feels she is beautiful can rock the natural look. YOU determine how others treat you and see you. When you leave home and feel "Damn I am BAD!" YOU ARE!
*** We as black women must learn to be patient with ourselves and our hair. Going and maintaining a beautiful, natural look takes time, dedication, love and care. In order for each of us to have the hair we wish to see, going through the process is mandatory. There are no shortcuts. As our hair changes, we must be willing to be flexible and change with it. It is always worth it at the end. And the end is a never ending road, with lots of twists and turns. Enjoy the scenery and don't rush the pace!*****
You can see more of Michelle and her work at her blog: www.blackrelationships4u.com
What a powerful woman! I'm so grateful for Michelle taking out the time to share her story with us. She takes this Natural journey seriously and sees how important it is to stick with it and the reward is great, healthy hair. Michelle is beautiful on the inside and out.
I'm still looking for older Naturals to share so email me at email@example.com to let everyone see just how happy you are being Natural!!
Take care Naturals,