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Kcurly: When did you go natural and what inspired you to do so?
I was actually natural for most of my life. I only wore a perm for about 2 and a half years of my whole life. I am 31 now so I guess I can say I have been natural for 28 and a half years!
My mother never allowed me to get a perm when I was young. I just HAD to get a perm when I graduated high school. I wanted to fit in with all of the kids on campus. Wrong move! My hair thinned out really bad as well as left my scalp damaged from degree burns from the lye. I had eczema really bad at the time and I was getting perms on my irritated scalp, so you can imagine what that was like. The final straw, as if that wasn’t enough, was when I got a haircut that I hated. After that and the urging of one of my natural friends to come back home to the natural side, I decided to stop perming my hair.
Kcurly: Have you faced opposition from your peers and/or family about your hair?
In high school, I had one high school boyfriend ask me why I wouldn’t get a perm and cut like Halle Berry. I think that planted the seed of doubt in my mind about my natural hair and look. All of this time before my family was (and still is) cool with natural hair. My brother wore locs and my mom rocked a press and curl and twa since I can remember.
The summer before I started college I worked in a daycare center. I decided to gel my natural hair back into a pony tail and not do the press-n-curl thing for a little while. One of my coworkers stayed on my case all day about my hair. She kept jeering me and saying, “Girl you need to stop tryin’ to slick that nappy stuff back and get a perm!.” After a whole day of that, I decided finally to get a perm because I didn’t want the people in college to see me in a ‘negative light.’ I am sorry I listened to that ignorant girl!
Kcurly: If so, what has been your method of handling it?
Since going back natural, I still get the, “you should get a texturizer from time to time, but I ignore them or sometimes I will say, “you should go natural” and after they get defensive, they shut up! Ha ha
Kcurly: What is your current regimen to keep your tresses healthy?
I am wearing my hair really short right now, so I basically wash it with Adiva Coconut cream and Avocado hair smoothie and moisturize with a mixture of shea butter and coconut oil. Daily I use Almond oil and JoJoba oil. That’s it. I really don’t comb my hair because it is really short. I do brush it from time to time.
Kcurly: What do you love most about your hair?
It is really short and soft so it does really cool things like coil up on its own or when I add some gel to it. That gives it a cool look
Kcurly: What has been the hardest part of your natural hair journey?
Styling my own hair (when it was longer). Once I came up from under the micro braids umbrella, I was forced to style my own hair. Wow what a task! I at first tried to find stylists in my area to style my hair, but that quickly got costly, it didn’t last, and they didn’t do a good job so I started trying to do my own hair. I looked on different Fotki sites and other online sources for tips. Finding the right style for longer hair that lasted for more than a day and that was not twists was quite the task. Also finding a product that did not leave residue on my hair or dry out my scalp was pretty hard.
Kcurly: What advice do you have for the newly natural ladies?
Hang in there! There will be rough patches on your journey, but it will pay off in the end health wise, emotionally, and socially. Remember to use as many natural products as you can. Those ingredients will benefit you most. Oh and eat a well balanced diet and drink plenty of water. Healthy hair starts from the inside!
Kcurly: What prompted you to start your own online business?
I have wanted to start a business of some sort for the longest time. I sold products for other companies that ranged from beauty products to educational toys for children. I took a look at how much I was pushing other people’s ideas and I sat back and said I can do this myself! At that point I came up with a concept, brainstormed with a friend and let my dreams fly from there!
Y–oung at heart
Swarthy Daisy is an online company that basically focuses on empowering women (and men who love women) on a real organic/casual level. I wanted to have a brand that focused back on people like me, a little bit of urban flavor, with a pinch of country, thus the Swarthy Daisy woman was formed. The word swarthy is taken from a Bible translation in the Song of Solomon 1: 5, 6 where a Black female is addressed. To explain exactly what I mean, look the word Swarthy up in a dictionary. Also The word Swarthy is found in some translations of the Bible such as here in The Song of Solomon 1:5, 6 which says: “I am black, but comely, Oh ye daughters of Jerusalem, As the tents of Kedar, As the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am swarthy, Because the sun hath scorched me…”
From there I added the daisy because it made it even more personal because I like Daises. They are such a beautiful flower, thus comes the concept for Swarthy Daisy. The sun gives humans and flowers energy, so I wanted to create an image of a woman that is natural and organic looking that is energized and ready to take on the world!
My blog is informative and entertaining. It has various topics to help people, not only women. It really has topics that I find interesting, yet that helps people learn something new.
Kcurly: What plans do you have for your site in the future?
Adding men’s and children’s clothing. Also doing some more cool things for the hair. Stay tuned!
Kcurly: Your designs are very unique. What inspired you?
Piggybacking off of my answer above, Nature and life inspires me!
Kcurly: Is there anything else you’d like my readers to know about “SwarthyDaisy”?
That I am a really fun person that enjoys life and the blessings that God has given me! I enjoy learning and sharing gifts of knowledge and entertainment with others!