Amy: Amy Fields. I'm from New Orleans.
NK: Tell me something about you?
Amy: I'm 26. I'm mixed with black and white. Married with 2 kids.
NK: When did your natural hair journey begin and what influenced your decision to brave down that path?
Amy: My jounrney began 5 years ago. I decided to stop relaxing. Waited a year, then BC'd. No influence really. I just didn't agree with forcing my hair to permanently be something it's not.
NK: What is your regimen?
Amy: My regimen is very very simple. I do my hair once a week using conditioner only. (I don't use towels, I use t-shirts) I section into fours, detangle while soaking wet and with loads of conditioner. I diffuse on low heat and low setting. Then I gently tug with my fingers if I want to add volume.
NK: What products and tools do you use?
Amy: Herbal Essences conditioner (the purple bottle because it smells awesome!). A modified Denman brush (I took a few rows of bristles out). Butterfly clips. Olive oil on my ends in the winter. A bit of IC Fantasia Gel only on the parts of my hair that's exposed to the elements (air, sofa, my hands, lol) to help control frizz.
NK: Do you feel there is enough information for naturals?
Amy: YES, now. When I first went natural I couldn't find much. However, now there's all kinds of helpful info with websites, blogsites, and the wonderful YouTube!
NK: What has helped you in your healthy hair journey? Websites, forums etc
Amy: tightlycurly.com and the curly girl method.
NK: How do you think your natural hair affects the way others view you?
Amy: I think if gives off a sense of awareness. It says that I don't have to look like YOU! I've been told that it exudes confidence.
NK: How has this journey impacted your perception of yourself?
Amy: I feel like this is the true me. About a month after I BC'd I remember being in a public restroom at a restaurant and having to do a double take in the mirror after I glanced. I didn't recognize myself! I walked closer to the mirror, grinned and said (out loud, but not too loud) "Hello Amy, welcome. It's nice to meet you." Weird I know, but I felt like I had been hiding myself all those years. Like I was trying to be someone I wasn't....but now anymore because this is me.
NK: What do you love the most about your curls?
Amy: I love everything about my curls. I love that they're unique....I love that they're MINE!
NK: Any advice for newly naturals just starting the journey?
Amy: YES!!! Being natural is not easy. Having a relaxer was a breeze compared to this. When you're first starting out it's really easy to get discouraged, stick with it though. YouTube is the best, but be sure to find someone who has hair similar to YOURS. Everything won't work for everybody. Mind your ends, tie your hair up EVERY NIGHT with something satin or silk. Love your hair and be gentle with it. Don't rip it apart just because you found a knot.
NK: Any natural hair idols and why did you choose them?
Amy: Teri from tightlycurly.com. She's so knowledgeable and her hair is sooooo long!
NK: Do you have a signature or go to style?
Amy: Of coarse. My signature/go to style is wearing my bangs. I love bangs on natural hair!
NK: Where can we find you (blogs, websites, twitter, etc)
Amy: On Twitter, @curlygurl85