Back in 2013, when Sequoia Blodgett moved back to Los Angeles from Atlanta, she made the decision to go natural with her hair for the first time since she was a child. She says it was one of the hardest decisions of her life.
Blodgett says that as far back as she can remember, she could never get her hair to grow past her shoulders. Her hair had been died blonde, red, brown, and everything in between, yet it was stuck at one length. In the pictures below, any time her hair is past her shoulders, it’s fake.
Blodgett watched YouTube videos and purchased expensive natural styling product in an attempt to familiarize herself with the natural hair community. However, her hair was breaking off.
She says that the turning point in her journey occurred while she was cast on ABC’s TV show, Startup U. The show’s white male producer called Blodgett downstairs and said to her, “Sequoia, I want to update your look. You need a weave. I want you to go get 16-inch Brazilian.”
Blodgett was a bit thrown off, but she complied. She had to go all the way to Richmond in order to find a black hair salon. She paid around $200 to have her 16-inch weave put on, which she had for three months. Weaves are very bad for your hair; cosmetologists recommend that a wave only stay in for two months.
After the three months was up, Blodgett would take the weave out for a day, get it washed and straightened, and then have it put back in. She repeated this process for two and a half years straight.
Now, she’s headed to Paris to speak at the Natural Hair Academy on June 10th. The event is one of the largest natural hair conventions in the world.
Blodgett wants to send a message to women across the world who are ashamed of their natural hair: her advice is just to be gentle with your hair and “leave it alone!”