Susann,24, Düsseldorf (Germany)
Susann: I wouldn’t call it a choice it was more of a process of not relaxing and straightening anymore because it was so time consuming and exhausting never got me the results I really wanted,so I grew it out and cut the ends off until it was all natural.
How long did it take you to transition?
In the last two years without actually knowing that I’m doing it, a lot of my hair just broke off.
Surprisingly my feedback was exclusively positive, the longer I grew out my hair and further down the road.
People admitted to me that they always liked my hair in my natural state like family and friends.
My grandma, my mom really liked it.
A lot of people said that the straight hair wasn’t really me.
How has the journey affected your self perception?
The perfect image I had for myself changed from RNB style luscious straight hair “Ashanti” like to proud African hair, embracing it as more than just hair but seeing it as a crown given to me through my heritage.
That one girl with the Afro turned to really impress me.
I was more open to actually be seen and not to adjust to the norm.
What are the joys and struggles of the journey?
The biggest struggle is definitely wash day
But then again no pain no gain right?!
I think the joys are pretty obvious 😉
What is your hair routine?
I use coconut oil to detangle my hair, it’s like magic!!
And diluted baby shampoo, I feel like it’s not too harsh on my hair.
I apply it by using an applicator (like the bottle that is used to dye hair).
I use three different conditioners it depends on my mood and it ranges from dm to American products sadly unavailable in Germany like Pantene relax and natural.
And one of those days I use deep repair mask macadamia natural oil it’s very heavy though, so it’s not something that I use too often.
The other is from garnier Afro products from France
When I brush my hair back I use ic gel.
What is your go-to style ?
The easiest style are two buns.
My go to style is always changing it depends on my shrinkage.
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Thanks so much for the interview Susann!! xx