Happy Mothers Day to all mothers, aunts, god-mothers and grandmothers! And to all my Trinidadian readers, you’re welcome. This Mother’s Day, we are featuring none other than Trinidad’s beloved… Golda Lee Bruce.
SK: Tell me a little about yourself. Golda: I’m a journalist/ anchor at CNC3 Television. I am married with one son. I don’t know what else to say. SK: Happy Mother’s Day! What does being a mom mean to you?
Golda: Thank you. Being a mother means everything to me. God has answered by prayers with a beautiful baby boy 🙂 My son is a year old.
SK: What do you believe wearing your hair natural teaches or tells him about females?
Golda: I don’t want him to think of hair as ‘natural’ or ‘relaxed’ or anything like that. Too many labels! I just want him to think of hair as hair.
SK: What was your best mom moment so far?
Golda: I have so many great moments with him but the greatest of them all happened even before he was born. If I talk about it people will think I’m crazy 😁
Then we delved into her tresses in a manner of speaking lol
SK: How long have you been natural or transitioning ?
Golda: I ‘went natural’ in 2007.
SK: Why did you decide to go natural?
Golda: I just wanted to be reminded of what my natural hair was like.
SK: Why did you choose to big chop or transition?
Golda: I cut little by little, then I did a big chop.
SK: How easy or difficult was it in the beginning stages when you chopped or started your transition?
Golda: There was a time at which I questioned whether it made sense to continue transitioning. My hair was short and unruly!
SK: What is your hair regimen?
Golda: I have two. One for when I’m doing curls and the other for the flat ironed look.
For the curls I wash with conditioner only about three times a week. On the other days I wet my hair with a spray bottle and use moisturizer and gel. On the straight days I use only hair polish and my hair stylist touches up the look with the flat iron everyday.
SK: Name your favourite products
Golda: I use a huge range of products. But I really like Dove Shampoo and Conditioner. Treseme Curly Gel and Motions Oil Moisturizer.
SK: How easy or difficult is it sourcing products that you love to use on your hair where you live or reside?
Golda: I change things around. But, sourcing the products I like has been easy.
SK: Favourite style
Golda: I like big free curls in a well shaped cut.
SK: Tell me about a great hair day or a bad hair day in short, or about a liked or frustrating feature about your hair.
Golda: I love my hair whenever its freshly cut. I always have layers so the further I move away from a cut day the worse things get. And things have gotten pretty bad *hides face* ☺
SK: Do you have any hair crushes?
Golda: I love anyone who is willing to go big and go brave. It’s takes a really confident person to pull of a any BIG style. I like that confidence and I want it!
SK: What would you say to employers and teachers out there who think that natural hair is not for the office or the classroom, respectively?
Golda: I don’t like to admit it, but my hair has been a huge topic of contention in my media career. I have had people in authority say the most ridiculous things to me, like “the curly hair makes you look less credible as a journalist” or “you don’t look as beautiful with the curls.” To this day there are those who believe that my curls are untidy and simply not suited for TV. But I’ve come a long way from the tears after one former HR Manager called me to a meeting to discuss my big chop.
Now, I won’t work for anyone who attempts to dictate my hairstyles. And thankfully I work for an organization that has accepted me curly or straight. And the viewing public doesn’t seem to have a problem with it 🙂 Also, I’ve got a really great hair stylist at work who is able to work with any hair type. She makes it easy. (HUGE round of applause, 🙂 )
SK: Describe your hair in one word, and why?
Golda: Empowering- When I walk out with my big curls I feel there is nothing I cannot do.
SK: Name something outrageous or edgy or just different you would love to try with your hair but have not had the guts to try YET!
Golda: There’s a style I saw the other day that I’ve fallen in love with. Very low back and sides with a curly patch up top. Dont’ know if I’ll ever do it… but I can dream!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Golda! ☺