I Cut My Own TWA – Joan Anderson


Not every natural can handle the transitioning process – two different textures = too much stress! 10 months post BC (big chop), actress Joan Anderson is absolutely satisfied with her TWA and feels like she couldn’t have made a better decision, especially knowing that she performed her BC herself! This read is for the brave souls who want to bypass that transition stage and just get it over with! I am extremely excited about this interview – learn about her hair story, her inspiration, and why she just LOVES her TWA!

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Let’s start with the basics: Name, Age, Location.
Joan Anderson, 28, Brooklyn, NY.

Tell us about your natural hair journey. (How long have you been natural? How long did you transition? 
I’ve been natural for 10 months. It will be a year July 28th(YAY!) I tried to transition for about 2 or 3 months but found that the relaxed vs natural hair texture was overwhelming for me and one day I finally built the courage to just cut it off! I’ll never forget that first moment when I made my first cut with my scissors. It was absolutely AMAZING!!! It probably sounds cheesy but I felt liberated. The thought of going natural for me was a long time coming, it wasn’t something I decided overnight. I’m an actor and for a long time I thought against it because commercially natural hair is not hot. In film and television, long and straight hair is common. I didn’t want to jeopardize my career because of my hair choice. I finally figured that was ridiculous and I was going through with it. Best decision I’ve ever made.

What inspired you to go natural?
I was in a show and one of my cast mates was natural. I let it slip that I had been contemplating it for a while and before I knew it she was showering me with all sorts of information. I started transitioning with braid outs and roller sets.

What is your current styling regimen?
I’m still learning what my hair likes best. I’ve tried different products and I’ve recently found that keeping it basic works the best. I’ll wash my hair with whatever shampoo I have at the moment, after I’ll rub some castor oil in it and use it as a leave in conditioner. I normally sleep in it. The next day when it’s dry I grease my scalp and style. I’ll use Miss Jessie’s Baby Butter Cream as needed for moisture. So far I’ve been pretty pleased with how my hair is reacting to it.
Why do you love your TWA? 
I love my TWA first and foremost because it was so simple. I just could get up and go.  Also, I felt so confident walking around with no hair (who would have thought)!

Is there any advice you would give to someone wanting to go natural but is scared to rock their TWA? 

The biggest fear that women have (myself included) is that you won’t be as attractive without your hair. I didn’t want to look like a boy (lol). Let me reassure you, that is NOT the case. I was surprised at the amount of compliments I received from men and women about my TWA. When I was walking out in the world I felt that people saw me and were looking at me. Also, don’t be afraid that your hair won’t grow…I was definitely afraid of that myself. All great things come to those who wait. Trust it grows!

Any other comments you would like to make about your hair: 
If you would have asked me 3 years ago would I actually go through with leaving relaxers alone I would have said a big fat NO! I love being a natural hair girl and love and embrace what grows from my scalp! I’m amazed daily watching my hair grow.

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Why TWA Rock!
I Rock a TWA – Timisha Granstaff
I Loved My TWA – Mia Hill
I Embrace My TWA – Brittany Bolden