Patty Boone's Journey

1:35 PM Keenya Kelly 0 Comments

 How long have you been Natural?
I haven’t had my last relaxer since mid February 2011. I did the big chop on October 7, 2011. So depending on from which stage you want to start. I transitioned roughly 8.5 months and I have been au naturale for about 2.5 weeks!!! J J

What made you decide to go Natural?
**Disclaimer ::  You all should know that I vowed never to stop using the creamy crack!** At first I think that my main reason to go natural was because I got tired of spending money on getting relaxers more often than I cared for (every three to four weeks for the sides and back // every six to eight weeks for the entire head). Even though I was contemplating on going natural for a while, the breaking point was when I got burned on my neck! Wasn’t a pretty site and it was very painful… L

What did you do to transition to Natural?
I got Sengalese Twists for the most part and I experienced my first sew-in. I loved the braids, but the sew-in…ummm…not so much.
Why did you opt out of the Big Chop?
I opted out of the Big Chop, at first, because I had no idea what I would look like with a TWA and unsure of my natural curl pattern.
What did and do your friends and family think about you going natural?
Everyone loves it! I haven’t had a negative comment yet! I have received more compliments from men than I did when I had relaxed hair.

Did it matter to you?
Honestly, I think that if I did receive “side eyes,” it would probably have made my journey a bit different, but I thank God that I have received nothing but positive comments and no negative criticism.

Have you ever had self esteem issues?
Definitely, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I am growing to know that I am uniquely me and made in His image. I was knit in my mother’s womb and there is no one like me!

A lot of women battle with needing to be light-skinned with long hair. Have you ever had that issue?
I wouldn’t say that I had a battle with the need to be light-skinned with long hair. I’ve always had short hair since I was in 6th grade and whenever it grew out to my shoulders, I would cut it short again. However, with having short hair, I did want that wash and go hair like Halle Berry. 

Do you have any challenges in your professional environment with your natural hair?
I work part time in a small office environment with one woman, along with being a full time entrepreneur. My coworker, who is white, was definitely supporter and was rooting for me to do it the entire time, the moment I told her I was contemplating The Big Chop. She has seen me through all my stages from relaxed to how my hair is now. She asks me questions, has felt my hair in every stage, and we have even looked at YouTube videos on natural hair styling.

What have men said to you about your hair?

I touched on this in a previous question, but they absolutely LOVE it. I also believe it has to do a lot with confidence. I man can definitely pick up on a woman’s vibes.

What's your favorite thing about being natural?
I would have to say, that I finally get to see my natural curl pattern and texture again. I’ve had a relaxer since I was nine years old. Also, I am able to just be me…what you see is what you get! 
Least Favorite thing?
Hmmm, it would have to be the money you have to spend to find that “just right” product when a sista is ballin’ on a budget!

What products have you been trying out on your hair?
Pantene Pro-V Shampoo/Conditioner (Yes, I know it’s not natural. The shampoo isn’t sulfate-free), Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, EcoStyler Olive Oil Styling Gel, Palmer’s Coconut Oil Moisture Gro Shining Hairdress, Jane Carter’s Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

What's your Fave?

Least Fave?
Jane Carter’s Leave-In Conditioner. I think it leaves a white film on my hair along with the other products that I use on my hair. I’m not really digging the Kinky Curly too much. It’s okay.

What's your hair type?
Uhhhh… I would say a combo of both 4A and 4B. I’m still learning. When I wash my hair, I can clearly see a curl pattern, which looks to be a crinkly wave. Once the conditioner is washed out and a leave-in is used…the curl pattern seems to disappear. O_o

How often do you deep condition your hair? What do you use?
I am ashamed to say, that I haven’t really deep conditioned since I have done The Big Chop. I may sit with regular conditioner in my hair for about 5 minutes, but that is it.

What is your weekly regimen? 
Once a week, I wash/condition/style my hair. I twist it up (two strand twists or finger twists/coils) using EcoStyler and some Kinky Curly Curling Custard and let it semi-dry. I find that when it is slightly damp, I don’t have as much shrinkage and the coils/curls aren’t as tight when I do so. For the next few days, I just get up in the morning, take off my satin cap, fluff it out with my hands and keep it moving. Do I put any kind of oil in it…not really. I’m still trying to figure this “new hair” out.
 What would you say to someone considering going natural or one struggling with their natural hair?
I definitely recommend that you transition for a period of time. You can pull your hair back off of your face all you want to “test” out how you will look. Speaking from experience, you will never get a mental picture. It is definitely something that you just have to do and not really think about it. Even though, some don’t agree and think you should be ready to embrace it all together…I already had in my mind that if I didn’t like the look, I would have just gotten braids again and I had a wig as a second back up.

Ask some of your already naturalista friends questions, until you turn blue in the face. They will be receptive and will answer them all. Definitely look at YouTube videos of women who are at different segments of their journey. Most importantly, pray and ask God for confidence and to allow you to accept the person that He made you to be.

Any final comments: 

If it were not for the ladies of Embracing Your Beauty, along with a host of friends who were already natural, I probably would still be going to the salon getting relaxers. Keenya and Brandi (B & K) keep on allowing God to use you to speak into the lives of women and encouraging them to embrace their beauty! Love ya’ll!