It is my pleasure to feature Kimberly Elise in this Natural Spotlight. I am so happy that she is sharing her experience as a natural with us in this exclusive Q&A. Every film I’ve seen her in has been on point: from For Colored Girls to Diary of a Mad Black Woman she pulls through with powerful performances. Thanks for sharing with us Kimberly!
Q. How long have you been natural?
A. Since the early 2000’s, but I didn’t really to style and care for my natural hair until 2011.
Q. Why did you decide to go natural?
A. I just wanted to be my most authentic self. One day I just I didn’t feel like wearing hair textures that weren’t natural to me or represented me in the way I wanted or the way I felt about myself. I’ve never felt more beautiful!
Q.What are your favorite go to styles?
A. I love up dos that are twisted and rolled. It keeps my hair protected, it looks romantic and pretty.
Q.What are your favorite products?
A. I like to make my own products. I make an amazing hair growth oil that my family and friends always request.
Q.Have you had any challenges wearing your hair natural as an actress?
A. It’s hard to find stylists in the industry who know how to style and also protect natural hair. Most stylist have been trained to take the kink out of our hair and make it straighter so naturally that is what they are most comfortable with and most skilled at. So I do my own hair for my personal appearances and I don’t use my own hair in productions (I use wigs).
Q. Tell me about your website.
A. KimberlyElise.com is a site that promotes and educates readers on how to live a natural and self affirming lifestyle. We explore everything from natural hair care to healthy relationships.
Q.What inspired you to create your website?
A. I get asked so many questions about my hair and just about life in general. I thought a great way to reach more people than I normally would would be to create a site people can go to to not only ask me questions, but read great articles overall.
Q. Any advice for new naturals?
A. Yes, allow yourself the time and space to walk the journey in a way you are most comfortable with. If you want to cut it all off and dive right in – do it! Alternatively, if you want to take your time and slowly transition – do that! It’s one of the most personal journeys a black woman can take and it’s YOUR journey. On a technical tip, I would suggest studying as much as you can first. Find women on YouTube with similar hair textures as your and study what they are doing and what is working for them. And of course my book “Curly Halo” is an amazing resource for understanding how to care for and grow a healthy head of hair! I’m very excited to offer it to women and help them on this empowering journey.
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