Friday, August 23, 2013

Sumetra's Journey from Pixie Cut Cutie to Fierce Natural Queen...

Hello Beautiful Chic-istas!! Today we have another inspiring and beautiful journey from gorgeous blogger and vlogger Sumetra Reed. I first noticed the beautiful Sumetra on Instagram. I fell in love with her gorgeous hairstyles and her beautiful personality through each of her uplifting post. Every post of hers, gave me hair motivation, life inspiration, and lots of encouragement. I can not wait to share her story with all of you and I know that you will enjoy getting to know her. So with out further delay, Meet the beautiful Sumetra! 

Nappturally Chic Jere: Hello Sumetra and Thank you so much for taking the time to share your hair journey with us! Can you tell my readers a little bit about yourself?

Sumetra: My name is Sumetra (aka Natural Metra). I consider myself to be a natural hair enthusiast. I am a native of Dallas, TX. I am married to a wonderful man of God, my best friend, Mike for 10 yrs now. No kids yet but would love to have twins!

NCJ: 10 years of Marriage, that is Beautiful, Congrats! Can you share your hair experiences when you were relaxing your hair.

Sumetra: My hair has always been thick even with a relaxer.  I had long hair most of my early years and got my first relaxer in 7th grade (I think). I didn't have any bad feelings about it at all. I've heard several negative stories about relaxers and thankfully I didn't experience any negative effects. As I got older, I rocked short hair and loved getting it cut.

NCJ: If you didn't have a lot of issue with your relaxed hair, what prompted your decision to return to your natural texture?

Sumetra: My last relaxer was October of 2009.  I decided to go natural for a couple of reasons. One, I wanted to challenge myself to see how long I could go without a relaxer because my younger sister went natural. Two,  due to medical issues, I started loosing hair. Mainly on my sides and front area. So I felt that adding chemicals wouldn't be healthy for my hair.

NCJ: Ok, that is similar to my experiences, my hair was thinning so much, I had to stop relaxing. Did you slowly transition or did you do a Big Chop?

Sumetra: 10 months after my last relaxer, I decided to cut off my relaxed ends.  I had no clue what I was getting myself into but I was ready to embrace the change.  At first, I was excited followed by shock! My hubby liked the short fro and thought it was a cool change. Then he asked "so how long is this going to last?" LOL

NCJ: LOL! God bless the husbands of natural beauties, they must be so confused at times. lol... Good to hear he was so supportive! Kudos Mike! :) So, what was your biggest fear after doing the Big Chop and being 100% natural?

Sumetra: I guess I would say my biggest fear was not knowing how to take care of my hair. I didn't have any knowledge about how to take care of natural hair.  So I started to research and asked other naturals for tips and recommendations. I must say, YouTube was and still is a huge blessing and has helped me throughout my journey. The other fear was how people at my job (within corporate America) would respond to my natural hair.  So what did I do? I straightened my hair all the time. I eventually started wearing my kinky, wavy styles and those at my job LOVED it.

NCJ: Yes, I think we all went through that clueless phase and worried about the acceptance of our natural hair, but once we get it... Watch out world!! LOL! I absolutely adore all of your hairstyles, but which ones are your favorite?? Do you have any staple products?

Sumetra: I love flat twist outs. A lot of people call me "Flat Twist Out Queen". I absolutely love it LOL. I also love to do updos and protective styles.  I use the same products with all my styles. I've tried others, but I always end up going back to my staples. Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in, raw coconut oil are the products I style with. For shampooing, I use Hello Hydration by Herbal Essence and the conditioner I use is Giovanni Smooth as Silk.

NCJ: I love Hello Hydration!! There may be people reading this who are thinking of going natural or starting their journey and may feel a little lost. What advice would you give to help them along this journey?

Sumetra: The advice I would share is avoid straightening your hair while transitioning.  That was one of the biggest mistakes I made while transitioning. I noticed that it messed up my natural hair texture and my hair had the appearance of hair that had experienced heat damage.  I would also tell newly naturals and those transitioning (or considering going natural) to embrace your hair. It's unique and what works for others may not work for you. It's good to get tips from others & in addition try different things to see what works best for your hair.

NCJ: Great advice! What is the biggest lesson you learned about yourself and your hair throughout this journey?

Sumetra: The biggest lesson I've learned goes along the same lines as what I stated previously. I learned that my hair is unique. My hair won't look like everyone else's hair.  I learned that once I truly embraced my individuality, I became more confident with who I was.  My self esteem increased because I am finally being myself and not trying to look like or be someone else.

NCJ: I completely agree! There is something wonderful that happens when we embrace our hair... it feels like the last puzzle piece is in place and the a beautiful work of art is completed! Thanks so much for sharing, you are true inspiration! Where can my readers keep up with you? Do you have any social media forums?

Sumetra: I sure do!

Thanks again Sumetra and God Bless you in all you set out to do! :)
Hugs and Love,


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