This is my final interview in this series, and I must say it has been a lot of fun connecting with all of the ladies and talking natural hair. Michea is a long time friend of mine. We go waaaaay back and she’s one who has been natural since I’ve known her, and I’ve known her for well over 20 years! She’s the sweetest, funniest, most outgoing person you will ever meet. I think you will find her interview very honest and refreshing.
Q: How long have you been natural?
Michea: I’ve been natural most of my life.
Q: What made you go natural?
Michea: After I got my first relaxer at 14, it has been pure laziness and busy life that keeps me natural.
Q: Was the transition easy?
Michea: I’ve been obsessive about protective styles which has allowed me to be natural so long, so transitioning is always easy. I cut it short then get some braids. When I get bored with my natural hair, I relax it. So no big “natural hair movement” for me. I flip-flop.
Q: What do you love most about having natural hair?
Michea: Versatility and being the only race that has this ability to do what we do with our hair.
Q: What do you find to be your biggest challenge with natural hair?
Michea: Umm finding different hairstyles. When the natural hair community found YouTube, I got more ideas.
Q: What advice/encouragement would you give to someone considering going natural?
Michea: Be patient. You may not love it at first. Do it because you want to not because of pressure, and if you don’t find peace and happiness do something different. Sometimes that means going back to a relaxer.
Q: What are your favorite products to use and protective styles, if any?
Michea: Honestly, I don’t think I have any real favorite products. But since the beginning grease and a spritz of water has given me all I ever needed for a good twist out. Braids are my favorite protective style.
Many thanks to my girl Michea for taking the time to chit-chat with me. Like I always say, every naturalista’s journey is different. Not everyone’s truth is the same as the next person’s. All of my participants, Mleta, Tyssa, and Michea spoke their truths. You may not agree with all of their views, but you can do nothing but respect them because these are their stories and their truths. THANK YOU to all of these lovely ladies for sharing a bit of their natural hair journey with me. I hope it inspires and encourages those who read their interviews and provides them with insight. Let’s keep spreading the positive love and acceptance of everyone’s natural hair journey!