Since we're on the topic of being featured. I've had the pleasure of featuring numerous readers on here and I want to say thank you for letting me bother you. I know some of you might be curious so I thought why not answer some of the questions that I've bombarded some of you with.
How long have you been eco-friendly? It was around the time I returned to natural with my hair which was the summer of 2009.
Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I know it sounds cliche but basically to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My hair, skin, and eating habits were out of control and it was time for me to do something. It started when I returned to natural. After a horrible experience where my hair was braided so tight I thought I was going to die. I was in the most excruciating pain and that was the last straw for me.
I have a small bald spot on my head. Looking at it you can tell hair will never grow there again. Although it's not clearly visible it's still a friendly reminder. Once I somewhat mastered my hair I moved on to skincare.
For as long as I can remember, I suffered from oily acne prone skin. Going to the dermatologist was no help. Prescribing me irritating skin care products that made my skin worst than before. I tried everything from Proactive to RX for brown skin to Clean and Clear. Talk about money down the drain.
Then I started doing some research on all natural skin care. Man was I pissed to learn all I had to do was look in the kitchen. I was seeing some results, my dark spots were slowly fading away. Of course, when mother nature pays me a visit I get a pimple here and there. Now I'm focusing on what I put inside my body.
From the foods I eat to what I use to cook those foods. This is the hard part for me 'cuz ain't nothing like them artery clogging foods.
What do you like about it? I like how I got over my fear and being creative with what I've learned so far. At first, I thought it was for rich folks who had nothing better to do with their time. I was like stop showing off and sponsor me or better yet give me some of your greens. Now, I'm in it for the long run no turning back. You really don't need alot of greens to go green.
Did you face any challenges? If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Yes, not knowing where to start. I kept hearing recycle, recycle, recycle. Well, what needed to be recycled? How to recycle? Where to recycle? I went online to get a clear understanding and I was able to take the necessary steps to know how.
Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Do your research, the Internet has some valuable resources and information. Whenever I need some understanding it's my go to. Start small and you will gradually see how far you've come don't try to be a green giant overnight.
Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There’s really no “right” way it’s basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Ummm.... Yes and No. The saying is true, It's not easy being green. It seems like every little thing I do impacts the environment but I can't beat myself up about it. I find what works for me and balance it out.
You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Aww, ya'll are too kind. I returned to natural in the summer of 2009. I do the best I can to keep it FLY by making my own natural recipe. I'm loving my new holy grail recipe- Henntonite. I went from washing my hair once a week to twice a week to once a month. I can be lazy with my hair sometimes. Flat-twist outs and buns are my go to styles.
As of January 2013 I...
*Henntonite once a month
*Co-wash once a week
* Flat-twist using Aloe Vera Custard as my leave in
*I would either air dry or use my soft bonnet to blow dry
Is there anything you like to add? Last but not least, I started this blog to show that people of color care about the environment too. We recycle, eat healthy, and whatever necessary to make earth a better place to live. Going green means different things to many people. I want to pass on what I've learned so others can benefit. It just seems like a natural thing to do without all the controversy. The journey STILL continues....