Tamara of Houston, Texas went natural in October 2006. She describes her decision to go natural as a liberating one since it allowed her to create her own personal definition of beauty. Since then she became confident enough to take control of her body image.
Tamara and her husband.
I decided to grow my relaxer out and transition to natural hair in the summer of 2006. I used to go on 3 months without a relaxer before, so I figured I could go natural and look alright. I transitioned for 5 months by wearing styles that masked the 2 or 3 different textures in my head such as roller sets, flat iron straightening and twist outs. The first 3 months was fairly easy but at the 4th and 5th month, I started to notice a difference between the 3-4 personalities in my head. It was scary at first, but later on I finally had the courage to take control of my body image. I started to create my own personal definition of beauty and it was so liberating.
Describe your worse hairdo and your best hairdo and please include a picture if you can.
I can’t really think of a worse hairdo. I love my hair styles. I mean if I’m doing my hair and find it as something I don’t like I simply redo my hair. My best hairdo is two strand twists. It is very versatile and protects my hair.
Looking back, has your perception of your hair or black hair in general changed? Please elaborate.
Yes, it has changed. I’m now more knowledgeable about hair care in general. I no longer perceive hair as “good” or “bad”. I understand that healthy hair is good hair.
What is your favorite hairstyle?
My favorite hair style is the twist out. My hair is full and curly.
Can you please finish the following sentence: I love my hair because?
I love my hair because its mine.