NaturallyCurly: Please, introduce yourself!
Sa Rah Shine: My name is Sa Rah Shine and I'm 21 years old. I'm a young, French adult living in Geneva, Switzerland. My parents were born in North Africa.
NC: Tell us about your natural hair journey. Have you always worn it natural, and when and why did you decide to start wearing it natural?
SRS: I've always worn my natural hair, but when I was younger I tried to hide my volume, and sometimes I straightened it. My mum loves my hair and she helped me to accept my hair. I learned to accept my frizzy hair in a world where straight hair governs, especially when your own sister has dark straight hair! I'm the only one in my family with my type of hair. The last person who had the same texture was my father's grandma. I decided to start wearing my natural hair proudly when I understood that my hair is a part of me and my personality. It makes me, ME.
NC: Were you a long-term or short-term transitioner? Did you do any big chops?
SRS: I rejected my hair a little when I was younger. I went natural two years ago because I realized that I love my hair. Then, I did my big shop a year ago. This is me, my personality, my heritage, my roots. Now when I walk down the street people are surprised. They say, “Is that really your hair?” or “Can I touch it?!”
NC: How did your friends and family react to the decision to go natural?
SRS: My family and friends loved my hair! They were sure that I had made the right choice. I had more doubts than them! They were very supportive of my decision even during my big chop! My hair was so short.