Living No Lye | @Mochacurlie89
What are your reasons for going natural?
There was a time when was I hooked on the creamy crack and you couldn’t tell me any different. That was until the constant use of it caught up to the health of my hair and scalp. My long thick hair had become thin and broken and literally left me heart broken! (no pun intended). I suffered through chemical burns, unflattering “trims”, and more. These issues caused a downward spiral of my self-esteem. Along with hair breakage and thinning, I believed it was also the cause of severe forehead acne I used to have. I felt unattractive and found myself trying to hide my hair with hats and scarves on a daily basis. It was then where I realized, “this CANNOT be life.”
I tried to do to the transition method “grow an inch, cut an inch.” Well, that all changed when I tried to comb my hair one morning and that sucka snapped in half right on the crown, hurting all of my feelings. At that moment, I was fed up with trying to tame 2 textures and decided to cut my hair. My fiancé refused to let me do it myself because I was so frustrated and rushed me to a beautician LOL. I big chopped on January 3, 2010 and it was one of the most liberating feelings of my life.
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
It seemed like people around had more of an emotional struggle than I did with my hair. It was always, “Omgeeeee why’d you cut all that hair off??” or “Giiiiiirlyou better hope it grows back,” etc. However, I never letthose outside opinions sway me.
What’s your go-to style?
The twistout! I feel like I’ve perfected this style lol. It’s the most reliable and predictable in my “style arsenal.” I have a full video of how I achieve this style here:
What’s your favorite product and why?
My current favorite products are the “Knot Sauce” and “Knot Butta” by Soultanicals and JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) by Tropic Isle Living. I use the LOC method to retain moisture in my hair and these products deliver every time! I’m able to achieve twistouts, braidouts, perm/flexi rod and roller sets from this product combination. What more can a kinky/curly girl ask for??
What piece of advice would you share with someone who is just starting out?
Just starting out, you will encounter A LOT of trial and error, but that’s okay! I can’t tell you how many different products I’ve tried over the years until I found something that actually worked for me. To make your journey a bit easier I recommend keeping a hair journal to document what works and doesn’t work for you. This will help build a healthy hair regimen suited to YOUR hair’s needs. Also, utilize tools such as google, YouTube, social media, and books to expand your knowledge about natural haircare. The books,“The Science of Black Hair” and “Hair Care Rehab” by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy helped tremendously in the early stages of my journey and continue to help me today! Oh, and one last thing, enjoy every stage of your journey! Your tresses are unique to you will flourish with a bit of TLC, so don’t worry about what the next natural has going on. Just do you and before you know it, your tresses will be blossoming like the beautiful flower it is!