My name is Raganda Washington. I am from Weatherford, OK. I’m a graduate from the University of Central OK with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and soon to graduate December 2014 with my Master’s in Criminal Justice. I have always had extremely thick hair. I was always told by family that I should be grateful for my hair because it was long and thick. I have always been the girl who liked to stand out from the crowd and I felt my hair did not allow me to stand out as much as I would like to due to it being the common relaxed and flat ironed look.
How long have you been natural?
I chose to go natural in August of 2008.
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
I transitioned my hair. I received my first hair cut in 2006 cut by cutting my banes. In 2007 I decided to cut my hair into a bob. I began noticing that my hair was easier to manage the shorter it was, therefore I cut it into a fro hawk early 2008. I decided not to add anymore chemicals to my hair once I cut it into a fro hawk and wanted to grow it back out into a full afro, however due to the remaining chemicals I had left in my hair, the ends of my hair were damaged. I then decided to cut my hair entirely off and start over. I went into the barber shop and asked the barber to shave my hair off; everyone in the shop was trying to convince me not to shave my hair but the barber. The barber commended me for being confident and brave and did exactly what I asked for.
How would you describe your hair?
I would define my hair as elegant and bold. I know there are not many women who are brave enough to shave their hair completely off and this allows me to stand out and be unique.
What do you love most about your hair?
I love the fact that I have a hairstyle that is extremely unique and the fact that not everyone can wear it.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
My journey has been fun! Since cutting my hair I have begun to model. I receive the upmost compliments on a daily basis on my hair and my style.
What is your favorite hairstyle?
I honestly have to say my favorite hairstyle is my shaved look. I originally cut it off to start over with an afro but ended up falling in love with the shaved look and have kept it.
Any memorable reactions from family or others?
The most memorable moment is when I cut my hair and went to my mother’s home to show her. Once I entered she began to cry but then stopped and stared at me and said, “Oh my God, it really looks good on you.” My mom told me how proud of me she was for being so brave and not allowing my hair to define me. My experience as “natural” has been great! I receive nothing but positive feedback about my hair.
What is your hair regimen?
I come from a family of cosmetologist so I have learned to do different things to hair myself. I taught myself to cut my own hair in 2012. I also color my own hair as well. I usually cut my hair twice a week and color it once a month. I use Shea butter from Ghana to moisturize my hair each day. This keeps my scalp moist and my hair soft.
What is your favorite natural hair website or blog?
I frequent a local store called Go Natural 24/7 that is located in Midwest City, OK. The ladies in this store are absolutely great and very helpful. They offer natural and organic products for not only hair but also for skin. Because my hair is shaved I do not use many products other than the Shea butter.
Anything else you would like to share?
I would like for the readers to know that hair is just hair and it should never define who we are. Healthy hair is the best hair!
Where can we find you for more information?
I have an instagram account under the name Natural08. I also have a facebook account under Raganda Washington. My email address is Missgoo2005@yahoo.com. Please feel free to contact me for any questions or concerns.
Raganda, thank you so much for featuring, you are absolutely beautiful. Also, that you for your SUPPORT, the tees look great on you.
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