LaShon: Hi Darlene, thank you for joining us on this interview to give impressions and answers about natural hair. So, first question is you introduce yourself and tell us how long you’ve been natural.
Darlene: Hello, I’m Darlene and I’ve been natural for a year now; actually, a year and four months.
LaShon: Okay, and what influenced your decision to go natural?
Darlene: Well actually, I used to wear a lot of weaves and fake ponytails. But, I noticed that going natural was much cheaper, and all the beauticians now are getting expensive. So I looked at the natural products and said “hmm, lemme just try it.”
LaShon: And so how do you feel since you’ve gone natural. What do you like about it?
Darlene: I feel I love the attention I get from it. I love the whole, you know, I feel more light, I feel like I can get up and go. I’m not wasting too much time in the morning doing hair. Uh, I’m actually trying to grow more with it, with my hair.
LaShon: Oh, okay. So how did you feel about your hair growing out? Is it something you liked, something you didn’t want to deal with? How did you feel about your hair?
Darlene: Well, my hair, I didn’t like my hair growing. My hair is curly, but I always wanted straight hair. And I would try to do anything to get it straight. But I would go to the beauty shop, straighten it, pay all this money and it would only last for two days.
LaShon: Oh okay. Yeah that’s definitely a bummer. So you knew your hair was curly, but it just didn’t work for you?
Darlene: Right, I didn’t like curly hair.
LaShon: Ok (laugh) So did you ever have a perm?
Darlene: No, I’ve never had a perm.
LaShon: So was it hard getting out of weaves since you had been in them a long time?
Darlene: Actually it was, at first. But then I noticed since I’m not paying $150 in buying product, I’d say my products were like $50; which really, it wasn’t that hard after the fact.
Darlene: And then lastly, my husband loves the natural hair, and I never knew that; I thought he liked the straight blown weave.
LaShon: Uh huh, well that’s something nice to find out.
LaShon: And tell our listeners, what is your routine now that you’ve gone natural?
Darlene: Well now my routine is that I use the Kinky Curly Knot Today. So I wear my hair natural on a regular basis every day. And sometimes, I don’t even have to use the product every day, I put the product in like every other day; and since I do that, my hair has grown two inches already.
LaShon: Oh wow.
Darlene: I realized if I had gone natural a long time ago, I would probably have much longer natural hair.
LaShon: So, do you have any hair goals? Do you want to grow it long, cut it short? What do you want to do with it?
Darlene: Yeah, actually I would like for my hair to be long, but one length. I wanna make sure, I’m trying to keep my ends clipped; and, I would like it to grow three inches more.
LaShon: okay. So what have you learned about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural?
Darlene: Really, that I should have listened to my mother and grandmother years ago who also have naturally curly hair; that I should have listened to them a long time ago and shouldn’t have fought back. It’s thicker, it looks good, and it feels good. So, I wish I would have listened to them a long time ago.
LaShon: Ok, Ok. What advice would you give to anyone that is considering going natural?
Darlene: Not to give up on the first product you use. It may take a while to find a certain product that your hair will get used to. You may have to use Shea butter, maybe your hair is more about gel, but I wouldn’t give up on it.
LaShon: And would you encourage others to go natural?
Darlene: Yes, definitely; most definitely I would encourage all to go natural. Especially women of color, I really feel that we should go natural.
LaShon: Okay, well I agree and I’m sure our listeners agree. So we want to thank you Darlene for giving us your tips, and we look forward to talking to you again!