Featured Maven :: Curlee Nerdy Maven

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Name: Jalisa
Location: Atlanta, Ga
Occupation: Exploring my options as a student of life

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since September 24th, 2010 (almost a year, yay!!)

Did you big chop or transition and how did you make that decision?
Initially I wanted to transition for about a year but at the time I was about 3 months in and  wearing a short, tapered haircut. At the time, I was flat ironing everyday and just got tired of it and literally went into the bathroom one night and just started snipping after cowashing one night.

What made you decide to go natural?
I always got a burn on my scalp when I got a perm because my hair is so thick and the stylist always wanted to leave it on just a little while longer to get my hair straighter but it just made it feel limper and fragile. Plus, I started to find big hair more interesting and I run late OFTEN so a TWA was a blessing in the morning lol.

How did your family and friends react to your decision to go natural?
I had a few natural friends already who were very happy to see I finally chopped those straggly straight pieces off. The only person that really disliked the choice was my mom because she thought the look was unprofessional and too ethnic. Its ok though, she’ll be fine.

How has going natural affected your life, way of thinking, etc if at all?
Well its effected my wallet. No visits to the stylist every six weeks or so. The only time I visit a stylist is for a trim and maybe for color in the future.

Going natural has affected my way of thinking in the sense that its ok to be different. In the sense that there’s no need to conform or be like everyone else which is what I felt I was doing by getting a perm, it simply seemed like if you didn’t get a perm, your hair was a mess.

From a professional standpoint, have you ever had any problems in your career or workplace because of your natural hair?
The only problem I’ve had was random touching by people. Its ok to touch as long as the person gives you permission but outside of that, no discrimination or malice.

What is the best/worst compliment you have received since going natural?
How healthy it looks. I want my hair to be long at one point but I’d rather it be healthy first.

What is the best and worst thing you have done since going natural?
The best thing, just getting it braided and leaving it alone for a few weeks, which is very hard to do because I used to change my hair style and color like I change my underwear everyday. Low manipulation is definitely the way to go.

The worst? Ugh removing a quick weave with no glue remover! I still have a small patch in the front thats growing back out.

Do you have any hobbies or passions that you would like to share with us?
Whew, lets see, social networking, blogging (nofrosmushingallowed.com) Shameless plug, I know lol. Umm, making fabric flowers to wear, anything technology related. Google, I swear I google everything!!!

How did you get interested in these activities?
I think I’ve been curious in how things work. As far as blogging, writing has always been something I was into and was actually good at so blogging is a very good outlet to express myself.

From a career standpoint, what are your interests and are you currently pursuing them?
Journalism is definitely where I need to be as far as a career but there is a lot I need to learn before I dive head first so going back to school is definitely in my future.

Do you blog, socialize online, etc?  If so, where can we find you?

Twitter:  @NoFroSmushing

Blog:  www.nofrosmushingallowed.com

Freelance Graphic Designer, Lifestyle Blogger, Natural Hair Enthusiast and Fitness Convert...yeah, I wear a lot of hats. :)