Good morning Mae,
I saw your interview on Black Girl with Long Hair. I love your style! I believe I saw you on another site also (I remember that feather! lol!). I checked out your blog and love it! I especially love that you focus a lot on us TWA's. The natural community forgets about us some times. Lol!
Anyway, I wanted to submit a response to your call for Blogger Naturalistas.
MEET Renise B., A Blogger Naturalista : ) From krbhairlife.blogspot.com
*How long have you been natural? And if you haven't been natural your whole life, what prompted you to make the change?
**I have been natural for 3 months. The thought was dropped in my head by my best friend who was considering it. I was going through a phase where I wasn't happy with my hair. I was getting it cut just about once a month just because I wanted something different. I went from shoulder length to a pixie in a matter of months. I got a sew in because I was going to grow my hair out again. My friend said she was thinking about going natural. I started researching it, fell in love with the look and thought of my natural coils and cut off my permed hair 2 weeks later.
*Do you feel that anything changed in your life (i.e. Boost in confidence) when you became all natural?
**A lot has truly changed. At first, I was very confident. I'd had short hair for over a year so that wasn't a big deal. My boyfriend saw it and was completely upset. He wanted me to put a weave in until I got more hair and said a lot of hurtful and disrespectful things to me. I quickly dumped him! 🙂 I had a female "friend" tell me my hair smelled like jerry curl. I had just done a co-wash and knew for a fact if smelled like Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and Shea butter. It was hard to hear negativity coming from those two and it knocked my confidence way down. But then other people very close to me started telling me how cool my hair was. A stranger walked up to me in a night club and said she had natural hair under her weave and hoped she could find the confidence to rock her hair like I did. My best friend who encouraged me to go natural is always excited about my hair updates and tells me how great my hair is. My older sister who's hair I always admired, is transitioning because she now admires my hair! It took a couple of days for two people to knock down my confidence but only a few more to get it back. I love every single curl in my head and I have a hard time staying out of the mirror now. 🙂
*When and why did you start your blog?
***I had a blog before going natural but it was more of a journal. As soon as I did my BC, I changed the blog and it became all about my hair. It helps me keep track of what I've done with my hair...what works, what doesn't and how much it's grown in these few shorts months.
*What types of topics do you post on your blog?
***I mainly post about hair styles I've tried, products I've used and experiences I've had since going natural.
*What do you love most about blogging?
***I'm a writer and I always have a story to tell. I love being able to write things down and know someone will read it. When it comes to blogging about hair, I love that I can give my perspective. Every curly head is different, thus our experiences will be unique and interesting.
*How would you describe your hair?
***My hair is a TWA! I have 3 textures: 3b in the crown, 3c in the middle and 4a in the nape. My hair is really soft but can get dry easily. I am one of those who has to moisturize daily. My hair loves water and organic moisturizers.
*What are 5 products your hair can't live without?
***Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Hair Butter, pure Shea butter, Hello Hydration Conditioner, EVOO and honey (i ALWAYS mix the last two into whatever deep conditioner I'm using)
*What words would you leave with someone who is thinking about going natural?
***Experiencing natural hair isn't just about style. You learn more than just how to take care of the precious curls that will amaze you to no end. You learn more about yourself and the people around you. It is definitely a process but so worth it. My curls seem to change every few weeks and it's the coolest thing in the world!
*Do you have any other electronic means that we can use to keep up with your natural journey? (i.e. Fotki)
Thanks for sharing Renise B.!