Hi Kenya! You are stunning! I saw your bigchop photo and had to ask you a few questions…so here we go!
Why did you choose to go natural?
I went decided to go natural because I was going through too much with my processed hair. I do not know how to do my own hair myself very well but I knew there would be consequences if I didn’t take care of my hair while having a relaxer in it. I started getting relaxers as a freshmen in high school and by my junior year my hair started breaking off drastically due to tight ponytails I had to wear for cheerleading.
As an alternative to keep less stress off of my hair I started getting sew ins to help my hair grow back out. That helped a little but then I eventually got another relaxer and just cut my hair into a cute short cut. By the time I left for my freshmen year for college my hair was growing back but not being able to go to a beautician regularly, my hair once again started breaking off so I decided to go back to sews in that didn’t help either by the time summer of 2012 came around and I made my decision to cut my hair off after being so stressed and crying about my hair not growing back fast and healthy. Cutting my hair off was the best decision I have ever made to hair ever since the first time I put a relaxer in my hair.
How was the experience of having all your hair shaved off?
While I was getting my hair chopped off I was sitting in the seat of the barber’s chair anxious to see my new look but also nervous about him chopping off too much. My mom who has been natural for years came with me and took pictures and was super excited about my cut as well. I thought I was going to cry but I didn’t cry. I did tear up a little after seeing my hair drop to the floor but I sucked it up and came out smiling.
How long have you been natural for, since your BC?
I have been natural for a little over two months now.
How did family & friends react to your decision to go natural?
My family and friends LOVE my new cut even strangers! I get so many compliments on my hair now almost daily. I have never gotten so many compliments on my hair EVER even when I would just get out of the shop after getting a fresh relaxer.
Have you made any hair-care mistakes in the past?
Yes! Just not taking proper care of my hair is my biggest mistake and getting a relaxer!
I know it’s still early days, but do you have a hair regimen or anything you plan on doing to your hair now that you’re starting again?
What I plan on doing to my hair is just keeping it low cut for now. I have been getting a lot of attention from my new hair. I have been reblogged about 108 times since I last checked last week. I also model so this look definitely makes me unique and captures my natural beauty.
Any words of encouragement for those wanting to BC but are afraid?
DO NOT BE AFRAID! Take the risk! Your hair will grow back and you will feel a lot better about yourself. I have become a lot more confident in myself and I feel like I can impact others to feel confident about being natural as well. It took a while to realize it but it is JUST HAIR! Your hair should not make you who you are! You may not want go as low as I did but cutting out the processed hair inch by inch may be a little safer for you. Also don’t let anyone tell you that your hair is too nappy! There are so many moisturizers and products to use to make your natural hair manageable. Once again it is just hair and it will grow back! LOVE THE NATURAL YOU!
Where’s the best place to find you? (e.g. blog, twittter, youtube)
I made a youtube video about my experience with my big chop as well.
You can contact me on facebook at Kenya Denise Beech