February 2014 - Natural of the Month: Ebony

Ebony Clark

LEI: Introduce yourself (where are you from, hobbies, interests, family, anything you'd like to share about you)
EClark6: My name is Ebony, and live in Norcross, GA! I'm a writer, an artist, super nerd, chronic researcher, I'm blown away by God's creations, and I adore animals.

LEI: What made you decide to go natural?
Ebony: There was a shift in my spiritual walk, which made me want to show God how much I appreciated His creation, as is! So, in March 2005, I decided that I wasn't relaxing my hair anymore. It was part of my journey to becoming more organic, as a person, overall.

LEI: Did you transition or BC "Big Chop"?
Ebony: This is my second time. The first time, I BC'd after only a few months. For my current journey, I transitioned. I wore curly styles such as rods, roller sets, twist outs, etc. to keep my hair from breaking and to keep my sanity! With time, it became harder to deal with the two textures, so I knew I couldn't go longer than a year.

LEI: What were your fears going in and how did you overcome them?
Ebony: The only fears I really had, were being able to adjust to a new texture and still feeling beautiful with the styles I chose.

LEI: Name some reasons why you are happy about your decision.
Ebony: I'm glad I chose to return natural because I feel more authentic, and in a strange sense it makes me feel more at one with God and nature. Deciding to do so has helped inspire thousands of women to do the same, so it also feels like giving back.

LEI: What are some of your favorite hair products?
Ebony: Anything by Qhemet Biologics, Jane Carter Solution, and Camille Rose Naturals are at the top of my list.

LEI: What is your hair routine?  
Ebony: For me, nothing is really set in stone, but I try to shampoo every two weeks and co-wash once a week. Sometimes either of the two may happy more or less frequently. No matter what, I deep condition and steam my hair once a week because I have color. Without it, I can get by with every two weeks.

LEI: What advice would you give someone considering going natural or who is new to being a natural?
Ebony: While it's great to be inspired by others, keep in mind that it's a personal journey. Not everything will work for you, even if someone else appears to have the same hair texture. That means, you don't have to live and die by the hair typing system. Also, try to avoid the *rules* that some people in the natural community tries to project onto others---rules, like, don't color, don't straighten, and you MUST use products that are 100% curly girl friendly. As always, stay true to yourself. Be encouraged!

LEI: List your social networking sites so we can connect with you further.
Ebony: You can find me on: 
Instagram at: EClark6
YouTube at: EClark6 
Facebook at: EClark.


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