Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Happy Nappy Affair's September Inspiration of the month

" After 3 years, I am still loving this journey and I've kept other people's scissors and clippers out of my hair!"

I remember when I started off taking pictures of my hair on Fotki, this lady was the first person to compliment on my pictures. I was so excited someone came by to look at my hair and leave positive feedback. Many people don't realize that one random comment does so much for a newly natural. I immediately requested to be her friend and from their I stalked her albums religiously. Anything she tried, I tried. Some of it worked, some of it didn't. It was through her I learned that just because you're natural doesn't mean what will work for you will work for me. She has a wonderful personality that shines forth through her Fotki as well as her YouTube channel. I truly appreciate her taking the time to answer some questions and share her journey thus far. Cheers to The Creative Lady! You can check her hair pictures out here : View pictures. She also is a current Vlogger and you can view her videos here: YouTube

"I was once again scissor shocked when I let the Wal-Mart stylist "Shape Up" my hair. I was was not prepared for the cut but it was cute."

"I let my cousin "the front porch" barber "shape up" my hair and he ended up cutting it ALL off! Dang. 8 months down the tubes."

"This was the amount of hair that I had after transitioning 8 months."

What your current hair status, Natural, transitioning, or thinking about it?
The Creative Lady's response: I’m 100% natural!

If you are natural, how long have you been?
The Creative Lady's response: I’ve been natural for 3 years now.

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?
The Creative Lady's response: I was no longer happy with my relaxed hair. I was also tired of making hair appointments for a set time and still having to wait hours to get styled.

Do you ever feel the need to alter your hair to fit in better with family, peers or a loved one?
The Creative Lady's response: I have encountered relatives who “look upside my head like they’re crazy”, but I could not care less. My husband loves my hair and that’s all that matters.

Did you have expectations of your hair looking a certain way when you made up your mind to go natural?
The Creative Lady's response: Not really. I barely remembered my natural hair and was determined to welcome whatever showed up when I big chopped.

What has been your consistent driving force to continue on with your natural journey?
The Creative Lady's response: The freedom from being tied to the salon! I have more “me” time to work on things that I enjoy.

What does natural mean to you?
The Creative Lady's response: Happiness. It also means that I’m not trying to fit the standard of what someone else thinks beauty is.

What was one of the hardest things that you have or are struggling with as you walk down this natural journey?
The Creative Lady's: I’m the absolute worst when it comes to styling my hair. I cannot braid and my twists are always sloppy. I end up wearing a puff most times but I love it!

What if any thing can you share with someone going through transitioning their mind and hair to natural?
The Creative Lady's: Don’t do it because it’s trendy. If you think you can’t “go natural” because you don’t have “good hair”, don’t do it. If you are worried about how people will react, don’t do it. But if you want to do it because something deep down in your soul wants to be natural, DO IT! The natural community is so very supportive and encouraging.

What goals do you hope to achieve for yourself that you didn't have prior to becoming natural?
The Creative Lady's : I hope to continue to help others who want to join us on this natural journey. I don’t mind being “the natural” that others come to with questions about this journey.

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