1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Chantia Singleton (now, Olusoga) and I’m from Newark, NJ.
2. How long have you been natural? Why did you decide to begin your natural hair journey? And did you Big Chop or Transition?
I went “natural” in my early-mid twenties. I transitioned from significant heat and chemical damage.
(I am 30 now!) A friend inspired me and I found it bothersome how much I struggled to feel beautiful. People that know me, know that I am a “conquerer.” I had to conquer that struggle. Sometimes it felt like I was faking it until I made it but eventually, it lit a fire within my soul, which is actually how “The Little Girl With the Big Hair” series came to fruition.
3. Who is your hair crush/hair inspiration?
mmmm… Is it odd that I can’t think of one? I’m weird in the sense of:
I know a lot of people tie emotions and LOVE into social media, celebrities, and influencers and I respect that. But somehow, I’ve mastered enjoying it and being removed from it at the same time. I scroll and acknowledge beauty and awesomeness but not one single person pops in my head as a hair crush/inspiration. I mean, I love Beyonce. Does that count?
4. What is your go-to hairstyle?
Wash and Go. I am a lazy natural. When I was transitioning, I loved a rod set pulled into a mohawk situation but I don’t think I could sit through putting rollers in my hair at this stage in my life.
5. What is the one product that you cannot live without? Why?
I think shea moisture was canceled or something at some point but I am guilty of still using it. I like their milk products…I love getting “healthy” shampoo and conditioners from tj max and marshalls (I’m a fancy hippie lol) and I love Taliah Waajd’s Monoi oil.
6. What advice would you give to a Curlfriend who has just begun her natural hair journey?
Roller sets will be a great help for training! Love yourself at every stage and only use yourself and your progress as a measuring stick.
7. How can we connect with you?
As an Early Childhood Professional and Advocate, I know that is where self esteem is born. I wanted to help plant seeds of self-confidence and self-love so that children don’t have to discover how beautiful and powerful they are…they already know it and can build on it. It is a part of them as they enter this sometimes cruel and unforgiving world.
Thank you for sharing Chantia!