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My name is Rasheta. I am from a small town in Florida called Deland. I am a Registered Nurse and Captain in the United States Air Force.

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural since 2003.

What motivated you to transition?

I transitioned while I was in Nursing school at Florida A&M University. I decided to transition because the health of my hair was suffering. Perms were very damaging to my hair and I suffered a lot of breakage and stunted growth.

How would you describe your hair?

I would describe my hair as big, bold and fierce! I absolutely love my hair and wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m not really into hair typing but would say I have a combination of 4a/4b texture.

What do you love most about your hair?

What I love about my hair is the versatility. I feel that it is a lot easier to do styles in my hair than it was when I was relaxed. Since my hair is so big and full, I can create different looks and styles effortlessly. I also love the fact that my hair is very healthy and flourishing since I have been natural.

What has been the most memorable part of the journey?

The most memorable part of my journey was the day I decided to wear my natural hair out for the first time. I was so nervous and I was so scared at what reaction I would receive. It wasn’t as bad I imagined it would be. My journey has not been hard thanks to YouTube! There are tons of amazing naturals there that have helped me through this process.

What were your favorite hairstyles doing your transition?

During my transition, I mostly wore wigs and weaves. If I could turn back the hands of time, I would have big chopped and gotten it over with! LOL

Any reactions from friends and family?

My experience being natural has been a very positive one. My friends and family love it and many have actually gone natural as a result of my journey. I get so many compliments and a natural and that was surprising to me at first.I was so amazed and flattered by all the positive feedback and comments that I received/recieve.

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