*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
A: My name is Araly. I live in Medellin, Colombia. I am currently a student of visual arts, focusing on the world of photography and audiovisual production.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: I decided to go natural because I was tired of my hair suffering from mistreatment and it was time to try something more involved with my personality.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
A: I started my transition in June of 2011. I think it was one of the best decisions I could make. :)
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
A: Going natural has affected me in such a positive way. It made me realize how much I was hiding behind my hair. For years I though I couldn’t go natural because I would look like a boy, or my hair wouldn’t look right because it is too thick and coarse. It is totally the opposite. I tried it and love it!
If anything going natural has built my confidence higher than anything. Also, it has given me so much patience. Before this, I did not want to spend a whole day on hair and most definitely didn’t want to spend half a day in a salon chair. I love doing my hair and don’t mind playing in it all day.
How would you describe your hair?
A: My hair is very thick and frizzy in some areas. It is super soft in texture and in some areas it’s thick as wool, but I love it all the same. My hair is very manageable, but too rebellious x)
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
A: I comb constantly with a round head round brush and braid it every night. I am constantly applying coconut oil for moisture.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A: Too much heat from the flat iron and discolorations from trying to achieve a color.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A: The most effective thing I do is try to keep my hair hydrated, and always doing my nightly routine.
Anything else you want to add?
A: I just want to say that I LOVE to wear my hair the way I was born. I feel more secure and confident now. I want to tell people who want to wear their hair naturally to do so because they will love it too.