Featured Naturalista: Juanita
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Texas. And, boy, is it hot down here this summer!
What’s something we wouldn't know by looking at you?
My favorite movies were all created before I was born. I can hardly stand rap music. My fingers are always cold (so beware of handshakes!)
How long have you been natural?
I've been natural for 2-1/2 years.
Did you do the Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When?
I stopped getting relaxers in May of 2011 and transitioned for just 7 months. But, dealing with relaxed AND natural hair got old hella pretty quick, so I cut it all off just a few days into the New Year.
Did you have a support system?
Yes, yes, yes. My boyfriend is my biggest support system and I can honestly say that he is the only reason I didn't get a relaxer in the early stages.
Just a few months ago, I asked him what his response would be if I decided to relax again. He was like, "after everything you put ME through when you were transitioning? I'd be mad!" lol
What is more important to you - Hair Length or Hair Health?
I'd be an idiot if I ever thought that length could possibly come before health lol. #WhereTheyDoThatAt?
Let me clarify: my current goal is to achieve long lengths. But, that is only because I've learned what my hair likes and because taking care of it is second nature. Honestly, there is no extra effort put into it anymore. So, I have nothing left to strive for BUT length.
But, to answer your question, hair health always rules in my book. Always.
What are some of your favorite natural hair products?
My favorite product is HEHH (Herbal Essences Hello Hydration). Hands down.
What is your natural hair regimen?
It really doesn't get any more simple than my regimen:
Co-wash with V05 conditioner.
Detangle using HEHH.
Seal with Olive oil.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista?
For those considering, I would actually tell them to transition for as long as they could.
I think the transitioning phase gives us a chance to "test out" being natural in a way. This is usually the first time that some of us have ever dealt with our natural texture before. And, most aren't used to the confidence they'll need to be able to wear their hair naturally. So, transitioning sort of gives you a pretty realistic idea of what being natural actually feels like in the beginning. So, yea...transition for as long as you can and only Big Chop if you are absolutely sure that you can deal with MORE OF THE SAME.
If you simply cut your hair off because you think it will give you RELIEF from bad hair days then you might be sorely mistaken. Those days have only just begun lol. Transition until you are absolutely sure that this is something you want to do for a long time.
As for new naturals: throw some earrings on those ears and color your lips bright red because it's time to own those curls! I wish more naturals recognized just how delicious they look lol. Seriously, what are you doubting yourself for??
Do yourself a favor and rock that hell out of that mess!
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