Natural Sistahs: How long have you worn your hair natural?
Jaali: I've been natural for 4 years now.
Natural Sistahs: Did you transition, big chop or something else?Jaali: Initially I wanted to transition, and on a whim one day, went for the big chop. It was probably the scariest thing I've done in my life, and I've been skydiving!Natural Sistahs: Share some love with your Natural Hair Sistahs you would have loved to receive when you started your natural hair journey.Jaali: I wished I felt a little more accepted. No one saw the big chop coming, so I felt like I was stared at a lot. But once I became comfortable, then I didn't notice anyone else. This was one of the best decisions I have made in my life, and I want other sistahs to know that you are sexy and fly just the way you are! Pow!Natural Sistahs: Tell the Natural Sistahs about your experience as a Natural Hair graduate student.Jaali: I'm a graduate student and a business owner (www.jaalico.weebly.com) and I have noticed that some people have preconceived notions about women with natural hair. I don't get offended; I just continue to live my life and try to be an example. Sometimes words aren't necessary to change the minds of others.Natural Sistahs: What is Jaali?Jaali: Jaali is a given name that means "be powerful" in Swahili.Natural Sistahs:Jaali: What is your natural hair care staple? A great leave in conditioner. Right now I'm trying the Shea Moisture line and this mix of herbal oils that I use on my hair and skin.