**Natural Hair Interviews**
So today I FINALLY managed to get Jade to spill the beans on her natural hair journey so far! Here’s the interview we had
Hey curlfriend! Tell us a bit more about yourself.
Hiiiii! I’m Jade; a lover of sports and currently a Psychology student at Uni.
When & Why did you choose to go natural?
I went natural May 2010. Well that was the last time relaxed my hair I actually cut of the relaxed bits in February 2011. I chose to go natural because my sister had done so before me. Throughout the 2 years she was natural I still had relaxed hair and saw her hair had grown so much and so healthy. I will not lie, I was pretty jealous because I felt that my hair had not grown one bit within the time my sister was natural. I just really wanted to look after my hair properly, like get to know what is good and what is bad for it and just generally monitor my hair because it was mega thin and damaged.
What was the major challenge you faced in going natural?
The major challenge I faced was leaving my hair out. I could not bring myself to do it until after the first year. I thought I looked quite silly with it, I also did not know what to do with it and it made me look soooo much younger. Oh yeah how could I forget the most obvious. I was scared of what people would think and say.
How did people react to your decision and did you get any negative feedback?
Well some people like my sister and Cindy were pretty supportive. However some were not rating and could not see why I wanted to go natural. Some of my friends teased me a bit saying that I looked like, ‘a little African boy’ or ‘a house girl’. but nothing to rash.
Has being natural changed your outlook in life at all?
Yeah it really has, I have gone beyond looking at what is good for my hair, but what is good for my body and health. I am really happy that I have grown to love my own hair and to see that natural hair is actually beautiful.
Profective daily leave in conditioner
Kera care natural textures range
What’s your hair regime?
To be honest I don’t really have one. I mainly keep it in braids or twists.
What’s your favourite protective hairstyle?
It would have to be kinky twists, absolutely love them!
Who’s your biggest hairspiration?
You (Cindy) and my sister
Is there anything you regret at all in your natural hair journey?
Straightening the bits of my hair I left out when I had weave in. I noticed that I had a bit of heat damage on one side of the hair. I thought if I washed it and did my parting for the next weave on the other side it would just got back to the natural frizz. ERM…I WAS WRONG. Having changed the side of my parting I also got heat damage on that side too -_- Back then I didn’t know that people tend to use hair serum to protect the hair, but then again I have recently heard that people still experience heat damage after having used it. I have just decided that I will not be using straighteners on my hair for a very, very long time, if not ever.
Do you have any hair goals at the moment?
Erm I know a lot of people say length is not important. But I have never really had long hair (not that I can remember) and I would quite like to see some length.
Any last remarks?
Mmmmm well just make sure you actually take care of your hair and be careful of the products you you put or use on it. Basically don’t make the same mistakes I did!
Alrighty guys & dolls, that’s a wrap for today. Great interview Jade; I’m sure we will be hearing a bit more from you later Tune in later for reviews by Jade – should be interesting!
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Until next time y’all…
…Toodles & Noodles : o)