Curly Essence: Tell us a little about the history of your curly hair (mostly negative things that you swear never commit).
Sarah: I decided to cut my hair because of my mum. I know.. June 2014. We had a huge fight. She was telling me your hair isn’t nice anymore, your ends are straight for some reason? Look at her, she has nice hair!”. She was talking about my long curly haired best friend.
During my teenage days, that’s all I wanted. Be the perfect mixed girl, the one you could see in music videos, with the big curls. I relaxed my hair, at 17. Didn’t solve my problem, my hair had no shape. I decided to stop relaxing at 19. My hair ended up transitioning. I wasn’t even trying. That’s why my mother couldn’t understand why my ends were so floppy (laughs). I always was very sensitive to my mother’s words towards me. I got vex, and I didn’t speak to her for three days. My really good friends were had been telling me to cut my hair for 2 years now. I guess I was waiting for the right moment. I came back to my mom with a short afro and thousands of hugs.
C.E.: How long did you find yourself in the transition process – Transitioning to Natural – and why you made this decision?
S.: Transitioning to natural wasn’t a problem. I actually found it fun. At the same time, I stopped bothering about what people would think. I started realising that I couldn’t live for people. I needed to live for myself. Because it’s my memories, it’s my life. I’m glad I realised that. It takes a lot of confidence, but the more you trust yourself the more confidence you get.
C.E.: What is the hardest part of your transition?
S.: Probably being with my two curly haired best friends that had no issue with their hair at the time! But like I said I found it fun, we had three different hair types. Even if mine was underneath mess. (laughs)
C.E.: Are you always worried about in having your curls in perfect shape, or are you more of an apologist of the “let it be”?
S.: My hair changes everyday! I just have to let it be (laughs).
C.E.: Is there a secret that you can share concerning your curly hair? (the way you treat it, .. etc.)
S.:I wet my hair almost everyday. And it’s only after wetting my hair, with a hairspray, that I apply my hair products.
Also, I don’t comb my hair. Yes! And I do twist outs to my hair once a week. My knots literally fall down. This process is my way of combing my hair, I only use my fingers.
C.E.: How do you see this new “back to our roots” movement?
S.: I love it. Just because that’s the way it should have been since the very beginning. Our children will definitely have gorgeous hair ! I like how everyone now sees beauty in originality. Being natural showed me how much goodness there is in people. Everyone’s willing to open up their selves and share their positivity. And that adds faith into this world.
C.E.: What products do you recommend and can’t live without?
S.: MrsMillis has been my hair savior and if my hair could speak they’d say ”Hallejuia!” (laughs). I use a leave in sweetness to moisturise my hair. Like I said, I use it on my wet hair. And I do twist outs I use their hair growth stimulator. It smells so nice and natural. Also the two owners are vegan that’s how I know they would never put chemicals into their products since they both use it too. When I found out about that brand I never stopped using it. My hair has grown so much since then.
C.E.: What were the worst mistakes you made? What advice would you give to anyone who wants to venture out to take of their curls?
S.: It’s only when you try some products that you find the ones that suit your hair. We all go through some bad products. It’s just like boys. (laughs)
C.E.: What’s the best thing about being curly?
S.: It’s finally YOURSELF. The world sees you the way YOU are. No matter where you go, what you do, everyone accepts you for who YOU are. Also, the only way for people to understand us is by letting them see who we are, what we represent and where we come from. The more we are, the easier it gets. We’re power itself. Show how proud you are. Peace.
Photos by ByAfrique