|Co-creator of 2-Lite Creations|
I returned Natural November 2009. However, prior to returning natural, I
was wearing my head bald (down to the skin) for 6 years. I was tired of people thinking my beauty was my hair (while in a permed state).
2. Why did you become Natural?
My sister, Tracey, had went to go get her hair done at a Dominican shop. While there, she witnessed the women fighting about who was not going to do her “Nappy” hair. Shortly after, she asked me to join her on a journey to grow our natural hair. My first response to her was “Why, I don’t have any fond memories of that hair.”
3. Was it a hard transition? How did you transition?
After wearing my hair in a bald style for so many years, it became harder and harder for me to see all that hair on my head. By the end of October of 2009, I forgot I was growing it and I just went in the bathroom and cut it off again. My response was, damn, I am supposed to be growing my hair…
4. Did your age aid in your decision to go Natural?
No, once I started seeing my hair grow, I started seeing these curls. They reminded me of my father’s hair, which I always loved.
5. Does your age make it easier or harder to be Natural?
Yes. I have found, being a woman of a certain age, my values have changed. The things that used to be important are lower on my list. My list now outlining important things, like inner substance. Example, it is not how pretty you are on the outside, it is how beautiful I am on the inside.
6. Do you see many Older Naturals in your area? If so, what styles are they sporting?
No there are no women in my area wearing their hair natural.
7. How do you primarily wear your Natural hair?
I loves wet and go, braid outs and up do’s.
8. Favorite products and/or product line?
I do not have not favorite product line. I follow a process for caring for my hair. I know there are no miracle products, and thus, I do not have a favorite. I use water, Tresseme Naturals and Coconut Oil, in that order. I use no silicone, mineral and petroleum products. I keep my regimen very simple and that has seemed to work for me.
9. Any words of wisdom or encouragement for other Older Naturals already Natural or thinking about it?
Yes, there are no miracle products in caring for your hair. If there was, we would all have long hair. Research, on what the hair needs to stay healthy and moist, and then you will be able to retain length. Before you waste your money on miracle products, look at the person's hair who is selling it.
Patience, Patience, patience. And always take pictures of you hair journey.
Finally, I am so glad my first response and reaction FOR RETURNING TO “NATURAL”, was not my final decision in joining my sister on her natural hair journey. Because, had I not gone on the Journey with her, I would have never gotten the chance to see how beautiful my hair was and is.
Yes, this is Kelley, co-creator of 2-Lite Creations, a line of lightweight but gorgeous earrings. I've done a review on their earrings and co-hosted a giveaway: Product Review - 2-Lite-Creations Amazingly Lite Earrings I love their earrings and their creativity and just giddy about both being Natural.
I just have to thank Kelley for taking out the time to share with us. She's beautiful, talented, and has a head full of gorgeous curls! I agree with her about being older and how inner substance is much higher on the list than it was when I was younger. Inner beauty always shines brighter than outer beauty.
Her co-creator sister will be up next week and the Older Natural Feature (that has been on hiatus for awhile) will back on track on Mondays! Now don't be shy. If you wanna share your Natural hair journey, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story and a few pics or contact me on Facebook at: Seriouslynatural
Take care Naturals,