1. Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. (Name, where you’re from, etc)
1. Tell us about yourself.
My name is Grace, I was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina and moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 6. My first relaxer was at the age of 5. I was the type to keep track of my relaxers so I could get them on time which was every 6 weeks up until my last relaxer. I hated volume (big hair) and didn’t really care for curls. Now I live for voluminous hair and curls!
2. How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
I have been natural since April 30, 2011. I did not always embrace my curls. Natural hair was still very new to me and not too many people wore their natural hair. It wasn’t until I accepted my hair for what it was that I started to embrace it.
3. What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
My stylist at the time moved away and I didn’t want anyone putting chemicals in my hair, which lead me to go months without a relaxer. I then began to notice the little curl pattern in my hair from my new growth after about 4 months without a relaxer and started looking into natural hair. After doing research on natural hair every day and every night I decided that I wanted to go natural. I transitioned for 10 months then big chopped. I transitioned because I didn’t want to loose length, but eventually I became irritated with the two textures of relaxed and natural hair so I decided to go get a hair cut and cut my relaxed ends.
4. How would you describe your hair?
I would describe my hair as thick and kinky. I aways compare my hair to a dry sponge, it loves water.
5. What do you love most about your hair?
I love that my hair has different textures all throughout my head. So I’m always learning what works for one part of my hair and what doesn’t work for another part.
6. What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The most memorable part of my journey was when I fell in love with my hair. I remember taking out twist for a twistout and looked in the mirror and said I love it.
I won’t say this has been an easy journey, but it definitely taught me how to care for and love my hair.
7. What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’
Twistouts were my favorite transitioning styles and still one of my favorites. Currently my other favorite hairstyles to do are perm rod and flexi rod sets.
8. What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Although it took me awhile to embrace my hair I never received any negative reactions or comments from family or others. I think that also helped me to continue in my journey.
9. What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I think my regimen in pretty simple but could be a lot for others.
On wash day (which is every weekend) I cowash with Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle or Nourish Spa and clarify once a month, I then deep condition my hair with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle for 30 minutes under a hooded dryer, after rinsing out I use Giovanni Direct Leave In conditioner and seal with grapeseed oil (castor oil in the winter months), then proceed to my style of choice.
10. What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
My favorite YouTubers are Naptural85 and FusionOfCultures
11. Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Listen to your hair, no head of hair is the same, find out what works for you, find a good hair regimen and stick to it, DEEP CONDITION, and LOVE YOUR HAIR!
12. Where can people find you for more information?
You can find me on:
Instagram – @thelovelygrace
YouTube – Grace Shari
Tumblr – thelovelygrace1