UAN: Tell us a little about yourself.
A little about myself…I currently reside in the South, but lived in the Midwest & East Coast for years. My background is in the law, but I have also studied nutrition and health issues for a number of years. I have an interest in all things natural–from food to beauty. My passion is healthy living.
UAN: How long have you been natural? How did you transition?
I have worn my hair natural for five years. I transitioned wearing twists, buns, and curly sets and trimmed my hair each month. After reaching my desired length after one year, I cut the remainder of my permed ends.
UAN: Why did you go natural?
I shared the story of the catalyst to become natural in my post, “Who Are Your Natural Inspirations?” My cousin, whom I adore, cut her long, permed hair and unveiled a gorgeous, kinky afro. I had always wanted to go natural, but never had the courage. With my cousin as inspiration, I did not get a relaxer for a few months. I actually took the time to feel my new growth…and I loved the texture! I felt like I was rediscovering a lost part of myself, and I knew it was the right time to go natural.
UAN: Do you think that the concept of natural hair is changing in today’s society? Why or why not?
Absolutely! When I first went natural, I was complimented on my “courageous” decision and I received so many curious questions. At the time, I only had one friend and one family member who was natural. Now, natural hair is everywhere–magazines, television, even on the fashion runways! Most of my friends have natural hair and many of my family members are contemplating the decision. I am ecstatic that natural hair, in its unparalleled beauty, is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
UAN: Tell us about your blog? (I know that it is more than just a natural hair blog)
My blog is a resource for those interested in wholistic health and natural beauty. I highlight natural hair and skin care, including product reviews. I also share information on achieving a healthy lifestyle, with recipes, interviews, and travel features.
UAN: Favorite hair products?
I absolutely love handmade products or those made with natural ingredients. When I play the role of kitchen chemist/beautician (lol), I use olive oil, avocados, honey and essential oils. For commercial products, I really like Bee Mine (especially the Deep Conditioner) and Amago Samina products—they are divine.
UAN: Final thoughts – advice for those thinking about going natural / transitioning.
I would advise…”Just do it!” I contemplated going natural for years, and I only wish I had made the decision sooner. As you begin the natural hair journey, take advantage of the plethora of resources out there, video tutorials, books and blogs, including Une Autre Naturelle. Also, have fun rediscovering your hair texture and experimenting with different styles. You will be amazed at the renewed confidence you will have by revealing your true self!
UAN: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web…
Final thoughts: Thanks Miss Lycia! The All Day Natural blog is a great resource for people interested in all things natural. Please be sure to check out her blog here. Miss Lycia – not only do I love your blog, you are a great woman with tremendous talent. Keep up the great work!