1. When did you meet your husband?
I met my husband July 2008 at a spoken word event on South Beach.
2. How long have you been married?
It will be two years in October
3. How was your hair when you met your husband?
When we initially met, my hair was dyed auburn and cut in an extremely low afro. As a matter of fact, I had just gotten my hair cut that day and I instructed the beautician to cut it even lower than what had been my norm.
4. Did he like your hair in the short style or did he want you to grow it long?
Yes! When he approached me, his first words were, “I really like your hair.” Four years into our relationship, I decided to allow my hair to grow just to see how it would look and have kept it ever since. I always use my story to encourage women who desire to cut their hair but are afraid that men will find them less attractive.
5. How would you describe your hair?
I don’t tend to categorize my hair because I think it can be counterproductive and often times cause division within our community. However, I guess one could classify my hair as 4C. My hair is extremely thick, tightly coiled, loves natural hair butters, and abhors oils and processed chemicals.
6. On your wedding day, did you hire a professional stylist for your natural hair?
No. I do not like to go to beauticians because I have had some really bad experiences in the past. I also feel like everyone’s hair is different and that the same products and techniques that work on someone else’s hair may not work for me. I also feel that many beauticians are not honest when they claim to “specialize” in natural hair. At any rate, because it was a special event, I entertained the idea of having someone style my hair for the big day. I had a consultation with a referred beautician in Florida where my wedding was going to be held. I wanted her to refresh my hair color and style my hair in a twist out so that I could determine if I would like to secure her services for my wedding day. The experience was horrible. She arrived two hours late and ran out of hair dye! Truth be told, my hair looked better before I entered the salon. In the long run, I decided not to secure anyone’s service and styled my own hair the day of my wedding.
Our wedding was held outside under a huge tree. If you are familiar with South Florida weather, you know that rain and humidity are constants. Sure enough, both were present and my hair did start to expand by the hour! Lol I still embraced the elements because I felt it added to our overall nature theme and was pleased with our pictures.
7. Did you have a lot of hairstyle ideas for your wedding day? Where did you look for inspiration?
My husband and I are quite the bohemians and wanted every aspect of our wedding to be as natural as possible. I had always envisioned a simple twist out for the ceremony.
8. Did the thought of wearing a straight/natural looking wig or weave cross your mind?
Never! My husband loves the fact that I embrace my natural beauty and flaws and wearing weaves and extensions would have ran counter to my personality.