Monday, April 12, 2010

A Happy Nappy Affair's April Inspiration

Most natural women keep albums, I started my album on Fotki. It has been a wealth of great information and wonderful people. Its the forefront of being inspired for me. I always look and comment on everyones albums because the different array of hair out there is vast and wonderful.

I met a young beautiful women whos texture is just as gorgeous as she is. She shines from the inside so hard that its hard to not smile and want to extend the warmest replies whenever she updates her albums on Fotki.

She has one of the best and intriguing routines I have EVER seen. If nothing else, she offers a wealth of information that has helped her and me to see that it doesnt take fancy things to achieve healthy hair but simple, nourishing products. I'm glad she gave me some of her time and allows me to stalk her album whenever I need advise or a pick me up. You can catch her other stunning pictures here.

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

Gisele's response: I have natural hair.

If you are natural, how long have you been?

Gisele's response: I have been natural almost 3 years now. I relaxed for the last time in May 2007.

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?

Gisele's response:I went natural because I had relocated and left my trusted hairdresser behind. I ended up trying to do my own hair and ended up damaging it. I decided to stop relaxing since I could not find a hairdresser who I was comfortable with, to take care of my hair and I did not want to walk around with ratty looking hair.

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

Gisele's response: My family has always been supportive of however I choose to wear my hair and I am generally a pretty stubborn and confident person who does not really care what others around me think of most of my choices. However, there has been times when I am having a really bad hair day when I really yearn for my smooth, sleek, flowing relaxed hair but that yearning usually last just for a hot minute before I am back to feeling my natural hair again.

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

Gisele's response: No. I pretty much knew how my hair looked and behaved since I had been natural for the 1st sixteen years of my life and had been natural several times afterwards since I became an adult.

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

Gisele's response:I love my natural tresses, however my decision to stay natural has been more of a necessity since the nearest hair salon that specializes in African hair is about 25 minutes drive away (on the motorway) and getting there and taking the time to get my hair done was too much of an hassle and I had never learnt (or ever wanted to) to take care of my relaxed hair at home.

What does natural mean to you?

Gisele' response:It has made me even more confident, since it is very rarely that you see another woman on the streets here in Germany (unless you are in one of the big cities) with natural highly textured African hair unless it is completely braided up and hidden in extensions. It has made me stand out, and it takes a lot of guts to be able to deal with the stares without feeling intimidated or insecure. I now enjoy wearing my hair like this, and it has made me really appreciate my own unique God given qualities.

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

Gisele's response:I am still struggling with styling my own hair. This is the 1st time in my life that I have not had the option of getting my hair groomed at hair salons. I am still trying to figure out the styling basics, such as learning how to precisely part my hair in sections or keeping my hair properly moisturized when I do not have it in plaits or twists.

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

Gisele's response: I think you first have to be mentally ready to accept your hair in its natural state - frizz, shrinkage and all -, or you will be in for endless bouts of frustration trying to coax your hair into doing things which your hair might simply not be able to do.

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

Gisele's response:Being able to keep both my scalp and hair healthy. I never had that consistently when my hair was relaxed since invariably my scalp would suffer even though my relaxed hair generally thrived.


Amina said...

she's sooo beautiful!!

zainab1 said...

I love her hair, very pretty !!!

Shawnystheone said...

Her hair is very pretty, shes a very sweet and considerate woman! I hope someone can take just an ounce of feeling great about themselves by reading her story!

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