Natural Newbie: Georgia

Hi My Cakers, Bakers and Beauties!

The next Natural Newbie interview is with my long time friend Georgia.

Enjoy!

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Please Introduce Yourself, How old are you? Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
Hi my name is Georgia Gilbert, I am 28 years old, I am from London and at the moment I am a Nursery Nurse.
 
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural from the 9th of May 2013. So that’s about 2 months now…
 
Why did you go natural?
I wanted to sister lock my hair, and after doing my research on it, I thought it would be best to do it on natural hair, instead of on relaxed hair.
Did you Transition or Big Chop? If you transitioned how long did you transition and why?
I transitioned first for 4 months and after seeing how awful my hair looked to me, with the two different textures of hair, I decided to do the big chop, at first a hairdresser talked me out of it, as she didn’t want to cut my shoulder length hair for some reason, so I just got a co-worker to chop it off for me! 
When you got rid of all your relaxed hair, how did you feel?
Don’t laugh, but I felt liberated,  I wished I had done it sooner.
What reaction did you get from your partner/family/friends and colleagues when you started rocking your natural hair?
My partner loved it, but then he always nagged be about going natural, when I first told him I was thinking about doing it.
Family and friends love it even though they don’t  think it will last. Work colleagues are still getting used to the look, as I do work with mainly Caucasian people, but they do show a lot of interest and ask me various questions.
 
 
Do you have a hair goal?
I do. The aim is to grow it long enough, for me to feel comfortable to get it sister locked, simply because I don’t like how sisterlocks looks on very short hair.
 
What’s your current favourite style? 
At the moment I’m enjoying twist outs.
If you were stranded on a dessert island what 3 hair products would you want?
Definitely my Shea butter mix, rosewater & aloe mist, and a good shampoo (still searching for one my hair likes.)
 
What is your favourite hair tool, and why?
My fingers, simply because I can achieve my desired style just by using my fingers, whether I’m detangling, parting or twisting my hair etc. They do a better job than a comb.
 
Do you have a hair regime, if so what is it? 
Not really, at the moment I am only co-washing my hair once a week as I’m still on a search for a decent all natural shampoo, (that I won’t have an allergic reaction to.) My main hairstyle is twist outs, so I only use Shea butter with a little bit of Eco Styler Gel mixed in, to achieve my desired hairstyle.
Which person, or people with natural hair inspire or encourage you in your natural hair journey? 
My partner has encouraged me, but as a man there is only so much encouragement he can give. But you Sian have been there for me to answer questions, and to give advice, and I’m extremely grateful.
 
Have you faced any challenges or made any mistakes with your natural hair?
The only challenge is that my scalp is now sensitive now and I have found out that I have allergies, I used to be proud to say that I didn’t suffer from any allergies, but I can’t say that any more and shockingly the adverse reaction was from a natural product (Peppermint Oil). So reading the ingredients of products is now a must. 
 
Do you have any advice for New Naturals or those who are thinking about going natural but haven’t stopped 
relaxing/perming/texurising yet?
Enjoy and appreciate what grows out of you head, you might come across challenges but don’t give up and turn back to chemicals. Oh yeah don’t get too excited or over whelmed by the amount of YouTube natural hair videos out there, and be quick to copy what they are doing. Everybody’s hair is different so what works for them might not work for you, get to know your hair, and do what’s best for you.
 
Has going natural made a positive change in other parts of your life?
Yes, going natural was a big change for me and I will never go back, its made me feel like a new woman, and therefore I’m now living my life differently, it’s amazing how changing how you choose to wear your hair, makes you see the world differently.
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Thanks to Georgia & thanks to you for reading!
Luv
Sian
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Natural Newbie: Nicole

Hi My Cakers Bakers and Beauties!
I’ve decided to do posts featuring other naturals, there’s only so much I can write about myself, plus I don’t want anyone to get bored! The first natural I interviewed was Nicole:
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Please Introduce Yourself,
How old are you? Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
Hey, my name is Nicole. I am 29 years old and I come from London. I am a freelance photographer and a youth theatre drama facilitator volunteer.

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for 10 days now. Since the 1st June 2013:-)

 
Why did you go natural?
Because I was sick of relaxing hair and my relaxed hair was very damaged. I knew in my heart I was never going to relax my hair again, the last time it was done, which was the 3rd March 2013.
 
Also I wanted to embrace my natural hair as my hair hasn’t been natural for 19 years.      My hair was first relaxed at age 11. I think this is something I wanted to do as I approach 30. I want to spend the years 30-60 loving myself for who I really am as in my first 30 years, there wasn’t much of that going on.
 
Another reason I have gone natural is to get to know my hair and how to look after it properly and to teach my daughter that her hair is beautiful just the way it is.
 
 Did you Transition or Big Chop? if you transitioned how long did you transition and why?
I began to transition from the 3rd March but by the 1st June I was tired of dealing with the two different textures so I done the Big Chop. In all honesty, I started to hate the straight ends. They were interfering with my curls 🙂
When you got rid of all your relaxed hair, how did you feel?
I cut all the relaxed ends off on the 1st June 2013. I felt great…..liberated…..and beautiful!!!!!
 
What reaction did you get from your partner/family/friends and colleagues when you started rocking your natural hair? 
My daughter and partner loved it and my family and friends!!!! Everybody except one loved it but I ain’t watching that because I love it and that’s the main thing.
 
Do you have a hair goal? If so please share it with us.
YES!!!! HEALTHY HAIR ALWAYS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE….
I’m not really concerned about length as I still feel ultra feminine with my TWA. In fact I feel even more sensual as a woman with the cut 🙂

 

What’s your current favourite style? 
At the moment I’m just rocking it like it is with low manipulation as a TWA and loving it.
 
If you were stranded on a dessert island which 3 hair products would you want with you?
My Tressemme Naturals conditioner, olive oil, a good shampoo(Creme of Nature – Sulfate Free Shampoo, my hair loves this.)
What is your favourite hair tool, and why?
My afro comb because it feels so good to plump up my little ‘fro. I feel somewhere between being Jackie Brown and my lovely Grace Jones. Both hot mamas.
 
 Do you have a hair regime, if so what is it? 
 I co-wash 3-4 times a week to keep my hair lovely and soft and use a sulfate free shampoo about once a week and a deep condition. I have been ‘bagging’ a lot , where I just condition my hair before I go to bed and leave a steam cap on and put my little woolly hat on over it. I always wake up without the hat on but at least I tried.  To stop it from drying out in the day I regularly spritz with a  water and olive oil mix. I haven’t been too fused with curl definition as I am just enjoying my hair being in its natural state and don’t want to alter it.
 
Which person, or people with natural hair inspire or encourage you in your natural hair journey?
Oh definitely you Sian. You have educated me in a big way……also my 9 year old daughter…..I have a lot to teach her.

Have you faced any challenges or made any mistakes with your natural hair?
None…….only I got my hair washed at the barbers the other day as he BC’ed me for the second time. He dried my hair with a flannel and gave me a scalp massage. The challenge was having a barber full of “man dem” watching me shave off my head piece. They must have thought ‘she crazy’ or ‘probaly having a Britney moment’ if their faces were anything to go by!

Also my youngest nephew won’t come near me and has made it clear he doesn’t like my hair. He moves away when I go to kiss him now. I think he thinks I’ve changed into a boy:)
 
Do you have any advice for New Naturals or those who are thinking about going natural but haven’t stopped relaxing/perming/texurising yet?
I say just go for it. I have modelled in the past and am used to my hair being cut off for photo shoots, so I think that it is why I was so comfortable with the BC. But if you are someone who has a lot of length it may be best to just transition until your hair is at a length you feel comfortable with.

Also I would say don’t care about what other people think so much. They don’t pay your bills.
 
Has going natural made a positive change in other parts of your life? 
Yes definitely….I feel like my natural hair holds a lot of power. I feel like my hair says to others ‘this is me… I am comfortable in my own skin.’ There is power in that. Fake hair and everything else is an illusion of beauty. I am a realist and no longer have room for illusions in my life, creating them or perceiving them.

 Huge Thanks to Nicole for allowing me to interview her and thanks to you for reading.

Take Care

Luv

Sian

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(sorry for the dodgy formatting there’s nothing I can do to fix it, I’ve tried everything!)