Tell us your name and where you are from?  

My name is Kimberly Sumner and I’m from Maryland.

How long have you been natural? 

I’ve been natural for about 3.5 or 4 years. I started transitioning in the summer of 2007 by wearing Nubian Twists and wore my hair that way for a little over a year. Upon transitioning my relaxed hair was styled in a very short asymmetrical cut so it took no time for it to grow out.

What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work? 

I’m a Visual Merchandiser. In my line of work there’s nothing but encouragement for myself and others to express themselves in whatever ways necessary.

 

Describe your hair.

My hair is SUPER THICK. Combs don’t stand a chance in this fro. Not sure what hair type I have besides its thick and tightly coiled nature.

 

What is your regimen? 

I didn’t really adopt somewhat of a regimen until about 3 months ago. I wash my hair about every 3-4 weeks. I use a mixture of eggs, honey, mayonnaise, and olive oil as a conditioner. I also rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar because this past winter my hair struggled with porosity issues.

What is your best hair advice? 

My best hair advice would be to not get too hung up on what other women do with natural hair cause chances are it may not work for you. Get to know your hair by utilizing different products from your refrigerator and pantry. Explore and learn your hair because you’ll find your fro is unique and totally different than the next. And protective styles really work and promote growth. One thing I’ve been trying to do these days is be more kinder to my hair.

What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?

Speaking of strange comments people always say I look like a cartoon character. I get everything from Sideshow Bob and Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons, Suzie Charmical from the Rugrats cartoon, and Animae characters. It’s so weird. And then I get called “Black Queen” and Black Woman” all the time.

How would you describe your personal fashion style? 

My personal style is influenced by textiles from around the world. Weaving and dyeing methods are things I spend a great deal of time studying and have grown to know extremely well.

What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion for fear of being judged by others?

My advice to those who are afraid to express their “true style” or “fear of judgment” would be you don’t owe anyone an explanation. Be bold and fearless and no matter what walk with your head held high.

What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?

After being featured on various websites dealing with supportive and negative comments is something I’m still learning to cope with. My only comment towards negative commentary would be, who asked you? If you don’t like or understand it keep it moving. It’s extremely unnecessary to share unconstructive criticism. I decorate myself in manner that makes me feel good and vibrate. At the same token I also find it a bit flattering cause they’ve taken time out of their day to write about little ole me.

When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from textiles from all over the world. These days I’ve been studying textiles and weaving methods from Guatemala. I’m also very interested in Op Art and the way multiple patterns can clash and create vibrations. I studied Fine Arts so I get inspiration from color combinations and patterns in paintings from artists like Kehinde Wiley and Mickalene Thomas.

Do you have a blog/website?

Nope. I don’t have a website or blog although I’ve been feeling the pressure to have some sort of web presence. Not really sure what content I want to explore with a blog though, so that’s a project that’s still in the making.

What makes you an Urban Bush Babe? 

I’m an Urban Bush Babe because I’m not afraid to be myself.