Philece. R/thatArtista

Location: Island girl living in Atlanta

Philece is extremely talented; a Fine Artist & Designer, creating, growing, constantly evolving. Be sure to check out her journey.

How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was in January 2003

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
My relaxer days ended during a time when natural hair terms weren’t as common as they are now. So I guess I transitioned without even realizing. However I also cut my hair frequently and significantly over the years out of boredom and the need for a new style.

Why did you choose that route?
I can’t say that I chose that route, it just kind of happened.

If transition,
How long did you transition?
I have always worn my curls even with a relaxer, between that and multiple haircuts, it’s hard to say when I reached the point of no longer having relaxed ends.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
There was no specific inspirational factor in my decision. My only reason for getting a relaxer was to have bone straight hair when the mood hit. Once I learned how to do that safely and without chemicals there was no longer a need. Though in recent years I have straighten my hair less than ever before.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
I have lived with this hair all of my life. It’s all me, no motivation needed!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Shea Moisture products and coconut oil. The Shea Moisture line is amazing for softness and moisture and the fragrances are heavenly.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
Last year I started doing braid outs and twist outs. But I have spent a lifetime being a wash and go girl, so it’s safe to say my favorite way, whether it’s piled on top of my head or letting my curls just flow.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love the versatility, especially since I get bored very easily so its great to have so many options. I don’t worry or run when it starts raining. Growing up in the Bahamas and living in Atlanta, with the heat and humidity, I’m not worried about what it looks like and being a swimmer, I can jump in the ocean or the pool without a second thought!

What do you dislike about it?
The shrinkage. It’s insane, I lose about half of my length because of it.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
I get a lot of questions about my curls and length. My answer always starts with, learn what works for YOUR hair. For those concerned about length retention, be patient and attentive. Your hair will always show you what it needs and what doesn’t work. Most importantly never forget that it is not just about what you put on your hair but what you put into your body that is so important in achieving healthy hair and a healthier you.

Thanks for the feature, it was my pleasure to share my story.
Love & Light

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