What is your name and your profession?
My name is Beatrice and I’m a singer and a writer.
Why did you go natural?
I’ve always wanted to wear my hair natural, but I had no idea how to manage my hair in it’s natural state. Coming from a biracial background, neither side of my family was familiar with my hair type. When my edges began to break off and my ends started breaking like crazy from excessive straightening, I decided I had enough. I started to research about curly hair and started experimenting with different styles and products to see what would work for me. Eventually, I got tired of dealing with my damaged hair and I did the big chop.
How long have you been natural and when did you BC?
I’ve always been “natural” but I used to straighten my hair so often that it was basically permanently straight. I decided to do the BC in September of 2011 and I’m so glad I did.
What are your staple products and hairstyles?
At this point, I honestly don’t have a favorite product. There are so many great products out there. I usually switch between Kinky Curly, Shea Moisture, and Mixed Chicks products. I love wash and go’s, but my staple hairstyles lately have been protective styles. I’ve been wearing a lot of twists and buns as well.
What are your natural hair goals?
Honestly, my goal is to maintain my hair health, which can be difficult sometimes. It’s so easy to be tempted to color my hair, cut it into a style, or straighten my hair whenever I feel like a “change”. I’ve done all those things in the past, which I ended up regretting after. I’m really interested in seeing how long my hair can grow because I’ve been told by so many “hair professionals” that I wouldn’t be able to grow my hair past shoulder length, which I have long passed.
I keep my hair intact by sleeping completely still at night. No, I’m kidding. I haven’t mastered maintaining my hair from the night before. I sleep on a silk pillowcase at night and when my hair is in a wash in go, I usually tie it up in a pineapple and pray that my curls don’t get ruined. My hair is usually a train wreck in the morning, and I have to “refresh” my curls when I get up.
How do you maintain length?
I maintain my length by using minimal heat. I usually air dry my hair, and I rarely use a straightener. I also wear my hair in a lot of protective styles, such as twists and buns, to keep my ends from breaking.
Name 1 reason you went natural and why you love being natural.
One of the reasons I went natural is because I was tired of manipulating and damaging my hair to be something that it isn’t. My hair is big and curly and I accept that. I don’t think God made any mistakes when he created any of us, so I rock my hair proudly. Accepting it for what it is and seeing the beauty in it’s natural state in turn makes other people do the same. “Going natural” and staying natural is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Where else can we find you on the net?
I’m working on something great for my natural girls, which will be coming out soon, so connect with me on Instagram at http://instagram.com/xobemac, to be notified when it is released.