"Before anything else, find yourself. Be yourself and love yourself."
This is Natt's hair journey.
My hair has always been an especially vital part of my life. During my upbringing, my hair was not taken well care of. For years I struggled with understanding how to love my natural curls and kinks. I started chemically treating my hair when I was seven years old. I believed that if my hair was straight, long and silky, it would make me feel more beautiful. But it didn't.
At 15 years old, I started to recognize that I was constantly trying to fit into European standards of beauty and it felt exhausting, unnatural and was destroying my self-esteem.
I remember watching YouTube videos of other black women's big chops into their natural hair journey. This was when the natural hair movement had just started on YouTube and it was so empowering. I attempted going natural 3 times in 1 yearbefore finally cutting off my relaxed ends and rocking a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro). I was 16 years old.
After falling in love with my natural hair my interest in locs transpired. I listened to these amazing stories of black people committing themselves to a journey where they let their hair do what it naturally does on its own, which is loc. I was very intrigued about how locs empowered individuals beyond a hairstyle. I learned about the fruitful history of locs, the different reasons to loc, the stages of locs forming and so much more. At 17, I was ready to challenge myself to a new journey in which I could truly let myself live for me and love who I am naturally.
My natural hair journey has not been easy, but it has been and continues to be filled with consciousness. I have never felt more beautiful, strong and myself.
I am now 24 years old, 8 years natural and slaying 7 years of locs. I've created a platform for myself on social media where I am able to document my loc journey and lifestyle. I create YouTube videos about natural hair/loc care as well model. I strive to represent the power of locs and the natural beauty of blackness.
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