Koos!- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

Koos has a gorgeous, full head of naturally wavy locks. Her regimen is stellar and she'd like to share some of the things she has learned along the way:

CN: How long have you been natural?

K: My whole life! But I feel like a newbie because I've only since November 2008 been serious about taking proper care of my hair.

CN: What is your regimen?
K: I cowash weekly with either Suave Naturals (Lavender) or VO5 Moisture Milks (Passion Fruit Smoothie). I use Elasta QP H-Two as a leave-in and then seal with EVCO. I also use Aphogee 2-min Keratin Reconstructor every week, and that's the only protein in my routine. I deep condition weekly with AOHR, and I henna every other week. I moisturize daily with Hydratherma Naturals Moisturizing Growth Lotion (it is sooooooo good) or my homemade spritz made of 70% water and 30% vegetable glycerin with a few drops of rosemary EO. I clarify my hair every 4-6 weeks with Suave Naturals Shampoo, and before I clarify I ALWAYS preepoo.

CN: What's the one thing you'd tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
K: Follow the ABCs of hair care: ASSESS your strands, BUILD a strong regimen, and remain CONSISTENT.

CN: How do you maintain length?
K: My hair is the longest it's ever been (I'm pushing for full APL in December), and I know it's because I understand that my fine hair needs to be protected. So I henna for increased strength, and I keep my hair up and off of my shoulders during the week. I wash my hair while in plaits to prevent breakage, and I NEVER comb my hair when it's dry. I moisturize and seal EVERY DAY, and I only use heat once every 3 months.

CN: What do you do to your hair at night to preserve your curls?
K: My hair looks better when I sleep on a satin pillowcase. Bonnets tend to smush my curls, so I haven't worn one in a while. My Curlformer sets can last a week when I only sleep on the pillowcase. If I'm wearing a braid-out, I plait my hair up every night, or I chiney bump it for a bantu knot out. When my hair is straight, I always pin curl or cross wrap it before bed.

CN: What's the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
K: INDIVIDUALITY! My natural hair pattern is a kinky wave, and I haven't been able to find anyone with hair like mine (maybe I will after this post =)

Thanks for your blog Nikki!







For more Koos, check out her BLOG.

16 Weigh in!:
Liza said...

I have been natural all my life also, but only recently started to really take care of my hair. Isn't it a great feeling to finally take charge and do right by your hair? I love all her curly styles. Very cute! From what I can see there seems to be some heat damage (looks really straight in some sections). I have experienced that too and I am in the process of growing it out. Are you going to hold on to the straighter ends or cut them off?

Anonymous said...

What does "plait" your hair mean?

Anonymous said...

Yeah I was a bit confused about the straight ends myself. At first I thought she was transitioning but went back and reread she was natural her whole life. Heat damage is a killa! I told a new stylist about heat damage that I had experienced some years back and she couldn't believe it, just totally unheard of to her. Lo and behold, I wash out the flatiron and had heat damage from her too. Called her on it and she didn't believe me, wtf? She told me to come back in but there is no way I'd let her touch my hair again.

Anonymous said...

Can you please give a description of how you styled your hair in the 3rd and 5th pictures? I'm loving these styles. And you have just found someone with hair like yours!! My hair looks just like yours in picture #2 and it's styled that way as I type this (and I thought I was the only one with hair like mine!!) LOL

MissCurly said...

I love the nice updo with your hair. It's a cute practical protective style. I gotta learn how to do those cute updo styles and buns.

MJ said...

Well, I think your hair looks super superb! ;)Looks like you're taking great care of it and kudos to being natural since the womb! Lastly, I have absolutely nooo idea where I've been - probably places where I have no business, like school and work, but I totally and completely DIG your blog!!!

Anonymous said...

i went and checked out her blog, it was fab I might add. I viewed her hair growth pics and she is doing a great job with her hair.Elasta QP H-Two was nightmare for my hair, it made it so stiff and caused my ends to knot up, it was a nightmare. My hair hates protein, so I stay very far away from it. I have however began applying it to my ends because I suffer from a very bad case of the knots. I see a good reduction in the knots because the protein made my ends stronger and I seal my ends with natural shea butter. you see, everyone does it differently, but it all works well in the end.

Anonymous said...

plait? chiney bump? big up the West Indian Massive! lol. I love the updos! I have no idea how to make my hair look "special" - all I know is to wear it down :-(

Krystal K. said...

Thanks for the really great comments everyone! And thanks for posting this Nikki! I'm sooooo excited. LOL I'm telling everyone I know.

My hair has zero heat damage (I'm really proud of that =) I only use heat 4X a year, and on a medium heat setting. That's actually just the way my hair is. Henna has exaggerated the effect just a tad, but I've always been able to get my ends really straight, especially after a roller set (that roller set pic is before I even started doing henna, and it came out super straight). But I did have heat damage before I started my hair care journey, and it was pretty terrible. I had to cut my hair TWICE to get rid of it.

Plait (pronounced "plat") is just braiding your hair, but not cornrow-ing it. Sorry I'm Jamaican and I've always used that word. I guess it's not as widely used as I thought :)

The last two pics are done on my hair after it was set in Curlformers. Then I just made two buns. In the 3rd pic I parted my hair from ear to ear and made two side buns. In the last pic, I parted my hair down the middle and made two buns at the nape of my neck. I used elastics to make the ponytails and then used hairpins to put my hair into the form of a bun. I liked the really textured look I got from it.

And it sounds like I've found at least one hair twin! LOL it's soooo rare, so I'm excited :D

Anonymous said...

someone had asked what does "plait" mean? this is just another term for braids. This term is more commanly used amongest people who have a Carribean back ground.

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Loving the style in the 3rd pic especially too. Thanks for the how-to. :) ~KF519

Anonymous said...

beautiful hair! so glad I am finding all these good natural hair resources...been natural since 2005 (last relaxer in the spring and BC in December). I knew nothing about transitioning...and nothing about maintenance. I have done wash-n-go until last month when my sisters twisted my hair for me. I have learned to twist myself now. My hair is eager to feel better....

Anonymous said...

that's funny...I'm from Kentucky, not West Indian, and plaiting is the word I learned first, waaay before braiding. Ah, well. Koos, your hair is beautiful and the blog is fab!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great ideas for simple, classic hairstyles.

stacierey said...

Adorable hairstyles. I love coming to this site because I always learn new styling techniques for natural hair. I am rocking a TWA now, but I can't wait for my hair to grow so I can try all these nice styles. Thanks for sharing your story.

P.S. It is funny that you received so many questions about "plaits". I'm not West Indian, but I grew up using that term. Last weekend, I told my husband I can't wait until I can plait my daughters hair and he was thoroughly confused.

Anonymous said...

what are curl formers?

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