Transitioning Beauty of the Week
How long have you been transitioning and what made you decide to do so?
I have been wearing my hair natural since 1991. After high school, I decided to chop my hair off. It was a decision met with acrimony. My aunts didn't understand it, and most guys were on the fence about it. Yet, I stood out from the crowd, which was nice.
If your hair had its own personality, how would you describe it?
My hair’s personality would be flexible. I have been able to do so much with my natural hair.
What is your hair regimen and what are your hair care essentials?
Over the years, my hair regimen has changed so much! However, finding out about my porosity has changed my care routine entirely. I have tailored it to my low porosity. I pre-poo with a hot oil treatment of Grape seed and Wheat Germ oil, co-wash, rinse with a baking soda water mixture, then I warm my conditioner up for 30 second and apply to my damp hair. I seal my hair with oil and cream then set by twisting and tucking!
What has been the best part and hardest part of your natural hair journey?
The best part of wearing my hair natural is the freedom to move without worrying about rain, sweat or losing my style. I don't have to sacrifice health for style. The Hardest part is the reactions I still get about my hair from non-Black people. In other countries it's one thing but in my own country, it surprises me when people look and treat me differently.
Who is your hair icon, and why?
I don't have a hair Icon. I have been my own Icon for so many years. I think it is important to embrace your own hair and fall in love with your own hair.
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