Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Happy Nappy Affair's February Inspiration of the month

Have you ever met someone who made you want to stand taller and become a better person? Well I have to say that I have and I met this person in a place where I didn't expect to. When you start down this natural journey you can become overwhelmed with so much information that you don't know where to turn to. There are forums, fotkis , picture albums ,blogs, need I go on? You may wander on to one website that shouts the joys of henna , and then another one who can tell you the best place for buying butters, next thing you know you re on YouTube stalking people who tell you one thing that contradicted the first thing you heard.

In the start of my journey I googled natural hair and guess what popped up, Nappturality!. It was a gold mine of information. It was wonderful, I met some wonderful helpful women. Down the road I started to get to know this young lady because we shared a love of products and mixing. If she had questions she asked me and vice versa. When I tried out a concoction she was my first victim , lol. I wish she lived closer so I can experiment on her more

I just wanted to let her know and whomever comes across the site whether on purpose or not, she is my inspiration. Her hair has evolved into something spectacular. Whether she chooses to loc or not , her beauty is something to behold , the sparkle in her eye when she talks on her YouTube channel is so infectious!

You can catch her blogging http://www.mwatum.com/ ,

or reviewing here

She was gracious enough to allow me a couple of questions.

What your current hair status, Natural, transitioning, or thinking about it?

If you are natural, how long have you been?
Amina: I’ve been natural since September 2006

If you are not natural, would you ever try to transition?


If you are transitioning, how long do you think you will transition, and what methods are you using to help yourself while you transition?


Why did you go natural?

Amina: I never thought that I would go natural. For me, natural hair was not an option because you were always expected to have a relaxer. I grew up with the belief that my hair was ugly and unmanageable. When I moved from Boston to a small town in Indiana, I had a hard time finding a hair salon. When I finally did, she told me that the nearest appointment for a relaxer was 3months away. I panicked! Eventually I found a woman who did relaxers but she kept changing jobs. At the end of the year, I knew I couldn’t depend so much on stylists and had to make a drastic change. I wasn’t sure which one it was going to be. When I went to Zimbabwe for the summer, reading many magazines from South Africa was eye-opening. So many women had locs, twists, shaved heads or twas. It is when I read an article written by Tanesha Smith “going natural” on Elle girl, I thought I was reading my own story. Those moments inspired me. A friend was also getting married and she sent me her wedding pictures where she sported a small fro and looked great. Even though today she went back to a relaxer, she really helped me so much by answering my 1000 questions and referring me to online resources.
In a nutshell, I went natural because I needed to learn how to take care of my hair and accept that there is nothing wrong with my natural hair.

Heres the article.

Do you ever feel the need to alter your hair to fit in better with family, peers or a loved one?

Amina:No. Doing the big chop changed me and I refused to alter my hair to please someone.

Did you have expectations of your hair looking a certain way when you made up your mind to go natural?

Amina: Not really. I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t remember how my natural hair texture looked like. So I decided to have no expectations

What has been your consistent driving force to continue on with your natural journey?

Amina: The freedom. Going natural has been liberating and I compare myself less to others. It has also made me pay attention to what I put inside my body.

What does natural mean to you?

Amina:To me, natural means beautiful, liberating, self-love and self-acceptance

What was one of the hardest things that you have or are struggling with as you walk down this natural journey?

Amina:Finding the right products that worked for me. At first I bought all Carol’s Daughter line and nothing worked for me. My hair was constantly dry and I had no idea how to take care of it. Right now, I am a struggling with a bald spot since I’ve been transitioning to a vegan diet and lately I’ve been under much stress. I am also always thinking about locking but can’t commit

What if any thing can you share with someone going through transitioning their mind and hair to natural?

Amina:Be patient and enjoy each stage! When I big chopped, I wanted a huge fro right now. I didn’t enjoy enough what each step had to offer because I was too busy getting obsessed about length.

What goals do you hope to achieve for yourself that you didn’t have prior to becoming natural?

Amina:I want to have healthy hair. I want my edges to be more filled in and maybe one day I’ll lock

Amina will be receiving a basketfull of natural goodies, which is the least we could do in return for her simply being herself.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Starting to interview

I'm going to start interviewing transitioners, naturals , and anyone thats entertaining the thoughts of going natural. Interesting times are ahead!

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