Tell us a little about yourself, where are you from?
My name is Linda Graham, I’m 21 and I am the Co-Founder and Editor of ISIS Mag who lives in London England.
How long have you been Natural? Did you transition or big chop? What lead to your decision to become Natural?
I have been natural for 3 years now and I’m loving it 24/7! I kinda did the transition and the big chop. I was scared to do the big chop straight away, in fact, I didn’t even know what the big chop was until I realised that YouTube had videos relating to hair (yes, I’m a late bloomer for EVERYTHING!) I decided to do the transition thing for a year and after my A-levels (British College) I decided to cut my hair myself after months of my mum snipping away at my permed hair. I was so frustrated, I just wanted to be natural and I didn’t even care about having short hair or resembling a boy!
What lead to your decision to become Natural?
I was tired of perming and I always admired ladies with afro textured hair- it intrigued me. Apart from that, when I was 17 I had a growing interest in ancient African history and most of the books I read showed stunning images of women who were rulers, mothers, princesses in Africa, predominantly with natural hair. I wanted to look like them!
What is your hair routine like?
My hair routine was a mess because of university (College). It was predominantly in protective styles but now I wash it every 2 weeks, oil my scalp every 3 days and spray my hair with water every day if I can (if in protective style). My hair loves water, OH and essential oils…
What made you create ISIS Magazine?
I Co-Founded ISIS Magazine with the Creative Director, Nathaniel Nwosu and we felt that a natural hair magazine which focused on holistic health was needed because nobody seemed to give natural hair the attention it deserved within the printed media industry, especially in London. We wanted every woman and man to realise that natural hair and beauty can be in print just like Vogue, Vanity Fair or Essence and still look amazing.
Are you products available in retail locations in the UK & the US?
We have distributional outlets in the UK and Japan but unfortunately not in the US. We couldn’t find any natural hair salons or shops who we thought might want to stock a magazine with Afro textured hair content back to back! America’s is huge in comparison to Great Britain!
One more question…What advice do you have for newly naturals?
Don’t follow your friend’s natural hair regime. Find what YOUR hair loves and stick to it. Always remember, just how women want consistency in their partners and relationships, our hair wants the same too!
Live Love and Light (Stay blessed Goddesses)