Conversation with author Zenobia Jackson
I recently had the opportunity to interview Zenobia Jackson who just recently released a new natural hair book called The Secrets of Going Natural: A Hair Raising Revelation.
The book is organized into seven chapters and covers many different topics – beginning with Chapter 1: History of Natural Hair and ending with Chapter 7: Naturally You for Life.
Once the book was released, I read it quickly. It’s easy to digest and reads in a conversational style. Today, I want to share with you a conversation that Zenobia and I had about her natural hair journey, her new book and what’s next on the horizon for her.
Hi Zenobia. Congratulations on the release of your book. I hope you are doing well today.
Thank you Kenneth! All is truly well.
Did you ever imagine that you would write a book? How did the idea to write this book come about?
To answer the first question No (LOL). I’ve always loved reading and writing, but sub-consciously felt like I did not have the time.
Zenobia’s Natural Hair Journey
Zenobia your book begins with a very interesting statement from you: “After three years of being natural I can finally say, I am happy with my hair.” Can you talk a little about your natural hair journey?
My natural journey was a trip (lol). Starting and stopping before I really became serious. Man…. It has been so liberating since I’ve gone natural. Educating myself on hair types, products, and hair care has made it so simple to manage. I have truly gotten “self” out of the way and love absolutely everything about my hair!
Were there times when you weren’t happy with your hair?
Oh yes! In the beginning, it was very painful to look in the mirror, to encourage myself, and to properly care for my hair. At that time I did not like what I saw in the mirror. Even though my husband would tell me I was beautiful, it was an inward struggle that I had to overcome and at the time Kenneth, I was not aware of this struggle. After much prayer and seeking God for the underlining issue, it finally dawned on me that I was insecure of myself and my hair. It did matter what others thought about my decision to become natural and all those things weighed heavy on me. But I thank God those days are behind me!
What’s the best advice that you’ve ever received about your hair?
Kinda embarrassed to say, but I had not been clipping those ends like I should have been. I was focused on keeping it conditioned and keeping it moisturized. A recent trip to Atlanta with a wonderful natural hair stylist advised me to clip my ends every 3-4 months and I’m going to be faithful to this.
Let’s Talk About Your Book
In chapter 4, you address the infamous good hair vs. bad hair debate. In your opinion, what type of impact does the phrase “good hair” have on the natural hair community?
I don’t like the word “hate”, but I will definitely say we resent those words (lol). I speak for all my fellow natural queens when I say Good hair is Healthy Hair point blank.
Chapter 5 is called the “The 3 P’s”: In the chapter you discuss that there are 3 bridges that a natural must cross in order to receive freedom during their natural hair journey. This chapter really deals with the mental transition to going natural. It’s something that’s often overlooked and I was glad to see that you addressed this directly in your book. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to read your book yet, what advice can you give naturals regarding transitioning mentally?
She must really ask herself “why”? Why have I chosen this way of caring for my hair? If it’s a fad or just something she wants to try, she probably won’t last long. I have spoken to many sisters who simply wanted healthier hair and in going natural the benefits came. Their hair and self-esteem flourished.
I’m sure chapter 6 will be eye-opening for some, as you discuss several common questions that you receive from other naturals. One of the questions that you answer is one that we also received quite frequently: “How can I get my hair to grow faster?” What do you recommend for women who want to grow long natural hair?
Do not let this be your Focus. Every woman is not going to have hair down her back. Allow your hair to grow at its pace. Having a healthy hair regimen such as washing at least once a week, clipping those ends as needed, and wearing protective styles will guarantee growth. We really need to be patient with our hair. Take care of it, but don’t idolize it!
Let’s Talk About Next Steps
Zenobia, what can we expect from you in the future?
Honestly Kenneth, since the completion of this book, God has altered the way I see things and the way I see myself. I am running after my passion, which is to empower and encourage women all over the world to love and accept who they are in the eyes of Christ. So don’t be surprised if you see me on “The View” or at your local community center. I’m excited, because where ever I go I know it will be order by God.
Zenobia, thank you for taking the time to share your story with Natural Hair Community. I really enjoyed reading your book and I look forward to seeing what you do next. Finally, to learn more about Zenobia, check out her website Secrets of Going Natural and her book The Secrets of Going Natural: A Hair Raising Revelation.