Firstly introduce yourself? Where are you from and what do you do?
My name is Susy! Some people know me as africancreature. I am a nyc based hairstylist and I own a online vintage shop called susyscloset. I practice drums in my spare time and I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I'm from the boogie down bronx in some hood, but I live in queens now.
How long have you been natural?
I've been natural for 6 years
If you have transitioned to natural what prompted your move from processed to natural hair?
Its funny because I relaxed my hair when I was 14 because all the other kids made fun of my natural hair. I loved my hair, I loved the way my mom braided my hair. It was awesome. Later I realized I wanted to continue to be myself so and not care what the other kids thought.
How did you transition, did you big chop?
When I was 16 I went to the barber and shaved it all off. I hated they way my hair looked it was dead and had split ends for years.
What were the main reasons for your choice to wear your natural hair?
My hair was at its worst state permed I just had to chop it all off.
What are your earliest hair memories? How did these memories influence your hair journey today?
I remember sitting in between my moms laps while she parts my hair in preparation for a perm. It burned so much but I really wanted my hair straight. So i did what I had to do. I never want to go through that again.
What does having naturalhair mean to you?
Natural hair built a even greater confidence in me. I never thought i was pretty enough if i didn't have my hair permed. I never thought it was cool to have natural hair because of what I saw around me. I don't know I just felt like that was the best move for me. Everyones different and everyones confidence is built differently. Some people are confident with weaves, some with relaxers and some natural. You just gotta rock whats right for you.
How do you keep your hair looking so good?
Ugh long process. Lol. I shampoo then Detangle my hair part by part (with cheap conditioner & water then i put my hair into 6 big braids. Rinse everything out then put the Conditioner i really want to use then use Deep conditioner. Rinse and dry the excess water with a towel then apply cantu leave in conditioner with extra virgin olive oil and black castor oil on my ends.
What products do you use in your hair?
I use nunaat products, queen Nefertiti, cantu and natural oils
What are your go to hair styles?
My fro, I did a braid out the night before and pick it out
How do you protect your hair in the winter months?
I put braids or do a full head weave.
Do you have any advice for women starting out on their natural journey?
Youtube should be your best friend and congratulations welcome to the team.
Tell us about your style?
Im just me i wear what i feel like wearing. Im not really a certain style but i can say a little more afrocentric.
What are your favourite places to shop?
I strictly thrift, salvation army, churches, garage sales. Im starting to love forever 21 in queens
How is your natural hair procieved in your job roll?
People love it and they enjoy seeing it especially when I'm their hairstylist. My clients feel better that I'm natural because they think ill know how to treat their hair better than someone who doesn't have natural hair. And thats understandable.