Living No Lye | @iamtraeh
What were your reasons for going natural?
I went natural because I was tired of getting relaxers. I was also inspired by tons of ladies who were rocking their natural hair so I wanted to start embracing mine.
How did you transition (or did you BC)?
I did the big chop on January 28th, 2014 after transitioning for about 5 months. It wasn’t planned at all! I just called up my boyfriend and told him that I wanted to do the big chop. I had been contemplating the decision to do it for awhile, but I wanted to see what he was going to say. He told me to go for it and that it was “ just hair” and that gave me the push I needed to actually do it. So I went to the bathroom and chopped it all off and haven’t looked back since!
What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?
I wouldn’t say I faced any emotional struggles, but I would say that I've had mixed feelings about what people would think of my really short natural hair. At the time, I saw tons of beauties rocking their long tresses but not too many had a TWA, so I kind of felt a bit self conscious in the beginning of my natural hair journey.
What's your go-to style?
My go-to style is a high puff! When in doubt, you can throw your hair up in a high puff and go! This style has literally saved me during failed twist outs, old wash & go’s, EVERYTHING!
What’s your favorite product and why?
Currently, I’ve been enjoying Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Since my natural hair is very thick, I like to use heavier products and JBCO is definitely heavy! I apply this oil around the perimeter of my hair to keep my edges thick since I’m constantly doing high puffs and such. I also like to use this product as a sealant to lock in moisture and I LOVE LOVE LOVE doing my scalp massages with it! This is an all around staple of mine because I can use it for so many different things.
What piece of advice would you share with someone who is just starting out?
I would say keep it simple, less is more! Lots of ladies go natural and think that they need to go out and buy tons of products for their natural hair (I did that as well lol!) But you really don’t need to. It’s okay to switch it up every once in a while, but find what works and stick with it!