Hi, my name is Joanne Guiste and I am a naturalista from the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica. I have been natural for just over two years. I did my big chop on October 7, 2014.
The main reason was for the health of my hair. I had started experiencing excessive shedding and lots of pimples in my scalp which brought on pain, more shedding and tears. Going back natural was in an effort to get back my hair to the healthy state it once was and to grow it to be as thick as it was before I started relaxing.
My advice to someone who wants to return natural is to do it because it’s something you want to do and not because everyone else is doing it. When I decided to go back natural I had not realised that there was so much hype about the ” natural hair movement” because I went back natural for me. So in choosing to return to natural don’t get caught up in all the “science” that is associated with taking care of your hair.. the journey will not be easy but love your hair for what it is and learn your hair so that you know and understand what it needs… and always remember “health before length”.. healthy hair will grow.
Some products that I use are the Shea moisture brand of products and currently I am using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil line. I use my home made Shea and cocoa butter cream, as well as home made castor and coconut oils. I use other oils such as jojoba, olive and vitamin E. I use a local brand called Ny’s naturals and Eco styler olive oil gel for styling.
If I had to chose a favorite natural hairstyle I would have to say twists… Because I have the option to make small or medium sized or even large twists and wear them in pin up styles or loose… and what I love about twists is when you take them out it becomes a new style that can further be transformed into a number of other styles.
Some natural hair tips!
– remember your hair is unique to you so learn it and love it for what it is
– water is your best friend and not just on your strands but for inside as well.. be sure to drink lots of water
– eating healthy ensures your body is healthy which in turn extends to the health of your hair
– and just have fun with your hair…. you will be amazed the styles you come up with by just experimenting and having fun with your hair
Connect with Joanne on:
YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all as her online presence @MumNatural
Visit her blog at www.mumnatural.com