How long have you been natural? - Three years and going strong!
What’s your biggest lesson and/or favourite part of being natural? - Almost three years after the “Big Chop”, I am in love with my hair. I love its versatility, its curls, its softness, its body and everything about it. Going natural has allowed me to appreciate one of the aspects that makes me who I am. I wouldn’t go back to my relaxed hair for anything. Now, living in Taiwan, I am appreciating it even more and have gotten a lot of curious stares and questions from the locals as well as many more compliments.
What’s your can’t-do-without-it hair product and hair accessory? - Headscarves. I loooooooove headscarves! Along with headbands and YouTube tutorials, I can create and experiment with different styles as I wish. Also, moisture is a huge problem for me. Out of the African pride products, Pantene, Garnier Fructis, Mix Chicks, Curly Pudding and so forth, the product that has worked best on my hair thus far is tailored for Filipino/Asian hair. Funny isn’t it? A moisturizer by Palmolive with coconut cream for dry/coarse hair, and a 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner (also with coconut cream) by Vaseline, that is tailored to dry coarse hair as well. They have been working like a charm.
What’s your favourite natural hair style and how do you achieve it? - Bantu knots are usually what I end up doing every week before the school week begins, and then if they need any touching up during the week, I do so maybe Wednesday night.
What’s your definition of beauty? - It’s been a long road leading up to the hair I have today. Most importantly, the acceptance of it. Seeing the beauty in my own natural hair was hard at first, even in my island home of Saint Lucia, where beauty took on so many forms. But to me, I never thought I would be able to attain the popular and most often sought after beauty that I was exposed to through the media and in a society that was rapidly emulating it.
But right now, I am beginning to see that beauty is not a set, generic design. But embracing that fact that it is not generic is what’s even more beautiful. You were meant to be you and not anyone else.
Who’s your Hair/Style Crush? - Haha…My celebrity crush would have to be Princeton from the musical group Mindless Behavior. I’m aspiring to get hair like his.