So today’s post is a special one and one I’ve been holding back for the right time. It’s (the stunning) Pelumi’s (aka Care For Your Hair) 3 year ‘hairiversary’ (well it was on the 23rd of July). Her hair has definitely come a loooong way and she’s been such a success at establishing a forum for encouragement for British Naturals. She’s been so helpful to me in the past when I was starting out (not to mention very patient too!). It’s been fabulous watching her grow and expand. Here’s an interview I did earlier on with her, you’ll definitely be encouraged!
Why did you choose to go natural?
I went natural because I was just really tired of my relaxed hair. I loved big, curly styles and one day just thought why not embrace my own kinky curly tresses.
When did you go natural and how log has it been?
I did the Big Chop July ’09 – so it’s over 2 years now.
Did you transition or bc or both?
I BC’d, it would have been nice to transition, but I didn’t have the patience for that.
What texture is your hair?
Although I’m not big on hair typing, my hair is within the type 4 category.
How long is your actual hair now?
It’s grazing armpit length.
What was the major challenge you faced in going natural ?
To be honest there were no maaajjoor challenges, but I did find it frustrating to find products that worked in the early stages.
How did people react to your decision and did you get any negative feedback?
In the beginning it was 50/50, some really liked it and others not. Now looking back on it, those that weren’t to keen on it now love my hair – I think the length initially put them off.
Has being natural changed your Outlook in life at all?
It’s allowed me to love ME and not to rely on things such as extensions or weaves as my ‘source of beauty’.
What is the best and worst thing about your hair in your opinion?
Best thing is that it’s versatile! I love the fact that if I want it straight I can have it straight, if I want it curly I can have it that way too. Honestly I can’t thing of a worst thing at all
What are your three favourite hair products at the moment?
KeraCare’s new ‘Natural Textures’ line is very impressive!
I love Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia leave in and also Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie!
What’s your favourite protective hairstyle?
Who’s your biggest hairspiration?
Ooo I have sooo many! But my top four would have to be
Carmen aka Sheacocoluv – YouTube Channel ‘MyNaturalSistas’: She was the first person I subbed to and our hair type is pretty much the same
Jo – YouTube Channel ‘LoveIslandBeauty’
Mae aka Natural Chica – YouTube Channel ‘NikkiMae2003′
Kim – YouTube Channel ‘KimmayTube’
Is there anything you regret at all in your natural hair journey?
Not wearing my hair out much in the early stages.
What advice would you give to young budding naturals?
There’s sooo much I could say, but the main thing is to LOVE your hair… show your hair love and it’ll love you back!
Any other information about yourself you’d like to add I.e. website/blog etc.
Alright y’all, you heard the lady, get browsing her site, Like her FB page and follow her on twitter!
Definitely check out her post reviewing her past 3 years here.
Once again, happy hairiversary Pelumi and congratulations on everything- wishing you all the best!