I have been natural since December 20, 2012.
2. Why did you become Natural?
I turned 50 in November 2012. During the past year, I’ve transformed my life by losing about 45 pounds by working out and changing my diet. My daughter started transitioning in 2007 and her hair is below bra length. I like to work out and I just decided I was tired of having to arrange my life around my hair.
3. Was it a hard transition? How did you transition?
I had my last relaxer in June 2012. I used sew in weaves from August until December. It had been my intention to continue with the weaves through May and big chop in the summer. But in December, it was time to have my weave redone and I wasn’t feeling the $180 charge. So when she took it down, I told her to just cut off the ends and let’s see what we’re working with.
4. Did your age aid in your decision to go Natural?
I think so. I realized at 50, I didn’t need to be concerned about what anyone else thought if it was something I wanted to do.
5. Does your age make it easier or harder to be Natural?
For me, it made it easier. My work stands for itself at my job so I didn’t have to be concerned with if people would think differently. And at this age, you have a certain confidence and hair isn’t really that big of an issue. When I was younger, I must admit that I was concerned about what others thought.
6. Do you see many Older Naturals in your area? If so, what styles are they sporting?
Many in my age group are natural. They are doing TWAs, two-strand twists, and dreads.
7. How do you primarily wear your Natural hair?
Right now, because my hair is short, I’m wearing a wash and go for my TWA.
8. Favorite products and/or product line?
I cowash with Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut. I use Beautiful Curls Leave-in or Kinky Curly Leave-in. For my curls, I alternate between Eco Styler with Olive Oil, EcoStyler with Argan Oil or Loreal EverStyle curl defining gel.
9. Any words of wisdom or encouragement for other Older Naturals already Natural or thinking about it?
Just do it and own YOUR look. Get your makeup routine together. Wear earrings that complement your personality. A lot of people think that you can’t be feminine with the big chop. I beg to differ. Your femininity is in your personality and your confidence.
What wonderful words of encouragement! I wish I was as confident as the lovely and beautiful Rita was when I was working with my TWA. I do feel the same way she does about my age being a factor for going Natural. It's not easy for everyone so hearing such positive Natural hair journeys makes me smile and I think make quite a few of you out there smile as well.
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Take care Naturals,