Name: Chime Edwards ( my first name is pronounced the same way wind chime is :))
Q: When and why did you decide to start wearing your hair naturally?
A: I realized the actual reasons why I was relaxing my hair. I did not think kinky hair was as appealing as straight hair, because this is what I had been taught my entire life. Being natural was never an option for kinky-haired girls. Something just clicked; I would never live up to the European standards of beauty. I was longing for this bone straight hair that was not meant for African Americans to have. My hair was breaking off rapidly because I was using a chemical to force my hair to do something that it was never meant to do. One day I just had an "Aha moment" and I decided that I had to go natural.
Q: Did you have any big fears about going back to your natural texture?
A: Yes. In the beginning I was scared that my hair would be too nappy. Then I realized that it was okay if it was. Nappy hair is not bad hair. I had to reprogram the way I thought and everything I was taught about good hair and bad hair. I stopped hoping to have a not so kinky grade of hair and I began to pray to except and love my hair for whatever it was.
Q: What are three products you can't live without for nurturing/styling your hair?
A: Giovanni's Leave-On Conditioner, Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner, and Jason's Biotin Shampoo.
Q: What would you say to someone who's thinking about embracing their natural hair, but scared about being rejected in various parts of their lives?
A: You have to go into it knowing that many people have never seen stylish natural hair and they are going to go off of what they think your hair is going to look like. Just realize that they don't understand now but most will eventually get it. And many people who may dislike your hair when you do the big chop will love it later on. Keep the reasons why you are going natural at the front of your mind. You did it for yourself and no one else. You should have a "I don't care what anyone thinks" kind of attitude:)
Q: How can we keep up with you and your journey i.e. blog, twitter, facebook, fotki, tumblr, personal or professional website?
A: I have a YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HairCrush
You can follow me on twitter: @ManeChick10
And I have a fotki page: http://members.fotki.com/lifesacatwalk/about/