Leslie D. Tucker: I wear my hair shaved close to my scalp.
How long have you been wearing your hair this way and what made you start wearing it this way?
I have been wearing my hair this way for 6 years. I shaved my hair and have been wearing it this way because I was diagnosed with scarring alopecia. Having scarring alopecia means my hair will no longer grow in certain areas.
What type of relationship do you have with hair?
I love and appreciate the hair I have left.
How do people react to your hair choices?
Most people think my hair choice is a style choice. They are always surprised to know I keep my hair short because it will no longer grow beyond a certain length.
What’s your daily hair routine?
My daily routine is olive or coconut oil. I wash once a week and use a light conditioner and leave-in conditioner combined with an oil.
Who is your hair inspiration?
My new hair inspiration are the female guards in the Black Panther movie. I love how they represent our culture. I feel empowered to wear my hair close and in it’s natural state.
How does your hair make you feel?
To be truthful, I used to feel sad that I no longer had locs or thick curly hair, now I am grateful each day to have any hair at all. I plan to embrace each day.