My name is Xavia Johnson, and I've been natural for 8 years.
Social Media Handles?
My Instagram handle is xavia.nicole
I'm 27 years old.
My hair type is 4b.
Did you transition or big chop and why?
So, for my first attempt to be natural, I tried to transition, and at that time it was an epic fail because I had no knowledge of how to take care of my hair. I went back to getting a relaxer. Then I decided to do the big chop. This was an opportunity for me to do something daring and learn to truly love myself and walk in great confidence.
My top 3 products are the Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo from Trader Joe's, As I Am Coconut CoWash, and Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade.
Do you have a favorite brand?
I don't have a favorite brand. I used to be such a product junkie, always on the hunt to try something new. Now I just stick to my "classics" that are tried and true, and yes, they are 3 different brands.
Do you have a favorite natural hair blogger/vlogger? What made you follow them?
My favorite blogger is McKenzie Renae. Her IG handle is mckenzie_renae. She's a beauty blogger who just slays in every aspect. Love her!
We looooove your locs! What made you want to take such a big step in your natural journey?
Thank you!! This was indeed a really big step for me. I love taking risks and doing different things to my hair. I've always admired how beautiful locs are, but I also was nervous about a decision that seemed too permanent. All in all, I thought, if I don't like it, I can eventually do something different. The beauty of it is watching them transform and grow and also being able to still wear some of my favorite styles like Marley twists or a Crochet. I'm in love with the versatility!
The craziest natural hair myth I've ever heard is that natural hair is not fit for the work environment. People actually think that straight hair is more professional, but some of the best heads of natural hair I've ever seen were on lawyers, dentists, and more. We don't HAVE to conform. We just have to get people adjusted to our new normal.
Describe your natural hair journey using only song titles. (Please limit your list to three)
"Try Again", "Watch n' Learn", "Crazy in Love"
Choosing to embrace the “natural you” isn’t always easy. What do you know now about natural hair that you wish you would have known when you first made that huge decision?
I wish that I would have known that I did not need to style it or work hard to maintain it every single day, and that protective styles are my best friend. The advice that I would give to others is to embrace every single step of the process. The good. The bad. The "ugly". Do not give up, and do NOT listen to critics. They don't know your hair better than you. Make sure your hair is moisturized. Do not stress over it. Be patient, and watch your hair do magic before your very eyes.