Monday, January 17, 2011
Your Life In The Natural Lane: Introducing... Ms. Heather M
Why we love her....
1. SHE IS FROM MY HOMETOWN!!!!! CHI-TOWN
2. DON'T YOU JUST LOVE HER CURLS!!!
How long have you been natural?
Started my transition in March of 2009...and officially cut off all my permed ends in March of 2010
I honestly did not understand the meaning of going natural at first, my beautician was only giving me 1 to 2 perms a year and she realized I was hurting my hair by doing it so infrequently, sooooo she suggested I try going natural. So glad I did!
I was way too nervous about chopping off all my hair, I applaud the women that can do that…at that time in my life I wasn’t gutsy enough to attempt to TWA. I wore sew ins while my hair transitioned.
What was your initial reaction?
I didn’t realize the beauty of my natural hair until I stopped wearing sew –ins a year later. I was in awe at how beautiful my natural hair was, I couldn’t remember it being like this and was mad at myself for ever getting a perm lol.
What advice would you give someone new to the natural scene, that you wish someone would have told you?
Be comfortable with your hair! Don’t worry about the negative remarks from friends/family who may not like the change. If you love it that’s all that matters…try new styles and rock them confidently. Oh and try not to become a product junkie…LOL..research your products before buying so that you’re not wasting money.
I have two! One is my Shea Moisture curl and style milk…and the other one is CHI- Silk Infusion oil…the CHI isn’t considered a “natural” product...but it makes my hair soft and helps it to shine.
Who would you consider to be your natural inspiration?
Hate to be cliché but Kim Love “kimmaytube” has definitely been an inspiration. After seeing her progress with her growth and the healthiness of her hair, I got on my job with taking care of my naps lol. [Then there is] Ms. Keisha was my inspiration on the low ;-)
I guess my weekly wash and/or co-wash. I generally wash my hair weekly. Before washing I detangle my hair using virgin coconut oil and a spray water bottle. I try to comb out any coils before hopping in the shower. I wash with Kinky Curly shampoo and condition with shea moisture’s “shea butter leave in conditioner”…
Yes! I'm more bold about trying new things..and I'm more carefree about how people perceive me…I definitely grew tougher skin!
The only regret I have is not doing this sooner and also not realizing how to “transition. Like I said earlier I wore sew ins, but instead of getting a sew in where no hair was out..I had a small section in the front out…I continued to flat iron and blow dry it regularly and I suffered heat damage. The front of my hair is slowly curling like the rest of my hair, but there’s a huge difference in hair type from the front and the back.