Late last year I was charged with conducting an ethnography on a cultural group. I choose to take a closer look at the lives of women who call themselves natural. Natural women are typically of the African diaspora. Naturals are women who choose to wear their hair in its natural state (chemical free).
I sat down with Ball State Junior, Victoria Davis.
Iamchrisjtaylor.com: When did you make the decision to go natural, why?
Davis: About a year ago. I love the way natural hair looks and as I did more research on it, I fell in love with it even more.
Iamchrisjtaylor.com: Has being a natural changed you in any way?
Davis: Being natural makes me more of an individual I no longer look like most of the black community. It also makes me stand out.
Iamchrisjtaylor.com: What is your daily regimen?
Davis: Daily I moisturize my hair with a crème or oil & water mix. I usually twist my hair or curl it using rollers.
Iamchrisjtaylor.com: Do you refer to Natural hair blogs or other websites for tips/news on Natural hair? If so, which one’s?
Davis: Yes. I have my own blog (classycurlies.com), I also log onto CurlyNikki.com and other BlogSpot blogs.
Iamchrisjtaylor.com: Some women have reported having difficulty learning how to be Natural, do you feel there are enough resources (online, print media, hairdressers) for women who decide to go natural?
Davis: There is definitely enough support and research if you are willing to look
Iamchrisjtaylor.com: Two vocab words referring to natural hair.
Davis: BC – Big Chop, DC Deep Condition
Iamchrisjtaylor.com: Earlier this year a Dallas woman established Pi Nappa Kappa (Natural Hair Sorority), what is your opinion of this? Have you or would you join?
Davis: I would not join because I don’t think it is necessary to be in a sorority based on hair. They could have expressed that in a different way.
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Iamchrisjtaylor.com: I recently interviewed a Natural Hair blogger who says she believes the transition to natural hair inspires entrepreneurship in fields catering to naturals. Agree?
Davis: Yes. It is very inspirational to see other naturals and their journeys. Specific product reviews can help determine what to use.
Iamchrisjtaylor.com: Do Natural Women face discrimination because of their hair from other African American women?
Davis: Yes! Yes! A lot of people give nasty looks and do not understand why anyone would want to wear a natural texture when relaxers have been invented.
Iamchrisjtaylor.com: Last words?
Davis: Going/being is a physical and mental process. You have to be prepared for the nasty looks and comments and at the end of the day know that it’s what you want and have confidence.
Victoria Davis is a Junior Journalism Major at Ball State University and blogger at classycurlies.com