Naturally Fierce Carribean: Safiya

My name is Safiya Rachel Damani and I’m from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I have been natural all my life and have never had a desire to change that. When I was small, my mother would always comb my hair every week for school and since my hair was never really thick (just average), getting my hair combed was never really an issue. Since I was born, my mother has had natural hair and most of my family members’ hair is also natural. In school, children with other hair like mine, … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Adanna

My name is Adanna. I live in NYC but I'm originally from the gorgeous island of Grenada. How long have you been natural? I've been natural for the past 4 years. What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why? I started to feel a strong urge to go natural in the fall of 2004. Since then, I tried to transition from relaxed hair for 5 years but I just wasn't ready. One time, I went up to one year without a relaxer but got overwhelmed dealing with the … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Onika

My name is Onika Henry and I am an intentional student, from Trinidad and Tobago, studying for an M.Ed Human Sexuality degree in the USA. I’ve always wanted to be natural, especially since relaxers were such a stressful experience for me - I would often get bad chemical burns on my scalp if I didn’t treat it with some kind of protective cream at least a week before. Relaxing my hair was really done because I didn’t know how to care for and style my hair, not that I was really interested in … [Read more...]

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