Hey guys it’s been such a LONG time I updated my everyday inspiration series. (Forgive me, this thing called life huh? lol)Anyway its back and I have a new fabulous story to share with you. You find more about this series by checking out these links. http://wp.me/p1uQOd-4j http://wp.me/p1uQOd-9c http://wp.me/p1uQOd-4F
This time we meet Esther, a 35 year old single mother of 3 ( God bless her!) living and working in Chicago. She shares her hair journey and her love to colour her hair ( and that one time she rocked yellow, orange hair! Fierceeeeee!!)
“I feel it’s a personal journey that people should take when they are ready for their own reasons.” – Esther
1.Tell me about yourself- where you were born, your name, age what do you do?
Hi I’m Esther . I’m 35 single mother of three. I work for the Good Ole USPS only job I’ve ever had. Lol. I’m born and raised in Chicago, IL. With any lucky this will be my last year living here.
2.Where there a lot women with natural hair from your hometown/ where you were born?
Growing up I only remember my grandmother with a Beautiful Afro, which she permed later on and lost most of her hair. My mom and aunts stayed permed up and rocking the latest styles.
3.Ok, with this in mind, did you find it any easier or more difficult to transition to natural hair?
Transitioning to natural at first was easy. I’ve never been into following fashion. I’m not big on hair Maintenance and I hated all the wasted hrs. at the hair salon. So the decision itself was very very easy.
4.Now the big one- why did you choose to transition? Can you remember the date? How long has it been?
I didn’t transition. I just went and got a bald fade. It’ll be 6yrs that I’ve been natural in October. Like a lot of women me cutting my hair was a drastic move. I had lost my husband, had to learn how to parent alone and I needed something different. Easy
5.Did you feel that making that decision was hard for you especially when most of the women around you had silky straight hair?
No. I’m a loner so what others people did never factored into my personal choices. Besides I’ve rocked yellow, orange hair.
6.Cool, now let’s talk hair products, hair routines- did you have to change any of your hair products?
I stopped washing and stick to co-washing. Yes I changed my products. I’m a big fan of Tresseme products and my hair likes creams better than anything else. So I had to find the ones that worked for me.
7.What products have helped you maintain your natural hair
Tresseme conditioner, Shea moisture creams. Water.
8.Has there been a change in your hair routines? Like the number of times you wash your hair a week, how you protect your hair when you sleep? Protective styling? ( Weaves, braids, ponytails)
I wear a lot of wash and go’s when it’s short. When it’s longer I stick to ponytails and twist. I will get braids or professional twist when I get tired of managing it on my own. In summer I condition every couple of days because of the sun and I like to colour my hair. In the winter I keep it covered due to the cold and wind and usually keep it braided up.
9.A lot of women I have spoken to say they want to go natural but find there are hardly any products for them. Can you recommend good hair products and if possible where to get them?
All the products I listed above work. I grab them at Walmart, Target, Walgreens or any beauty supply. Like they says KISS( Keep It Simple Silly)
10.Would you advice any women to go natural? And why?
Would I No. I feel it’s a personal journey that people should take when they are ready for their own reasons. I will give tons of advice when asked.
11.And finally what the best piece of advice you would give to a woman who has just decided to go natural?
Best advice. The best products cost $6 or less. There is no such thing as Heat Training!
12.If you want to add anything else please feel free to do so.
Thanks for the questions!!
So there you have it guys, Esther’s story and I am so glad she agreed to share it with everyone. Ladies (and ermm gentlemen) in the UK and beyond, where there might not be a Target or Walgreens, you can try eBay/Amazon for international brands and in the UK maybe Paks or any beauty supply store. Her motto of KISS is really useful for me (and maybe a few others) because I know I try to over complicate things! And I am going to challenge myself of just buying products under the 6 pounds/euro mark. (Should be fun! Challenge accepted!)
Quick update- 7 months in SPAIN. It’s going amazingly good inspite of some very difficult times.
Until next time which may be very soon, have a good evening. Or afternoon. Or morning. Wherever you are!