Traci-- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

Meet Traci and her BABOH...I think she's coined a new curly phrase!



CN: How long have you been natural?
T: I first started going natural about six years ago. I had a brief return to the relaxer when I decided to go short and straight for a moment (after 15 years of having long hair), but ultimately just decided to keep growing my hair relaxer free. I did the BC about four years ago. I was totally clueless as to how to style my hair back then so that's when I invented what I like to call BABOH (Big A** Ball Of Hair), also known as the two clips and a headband technique.
It basically goes a little something like this: take one big claw clip (I use the octopus clip) and gather all the hair in the back of your head, and clip. Then take a smaller clip and do the same thing, after gathering all the hair together in the front of your head. Tuck and secure ends with bobby pins. Tie on a headband. And vwwaah-lah! BABOH. I probably wear my hair up like this more often than not to this day!

CN: What is your regimen?
T: I'm mostly a twist out, TnC, bantu knot out kinda girl. I've been trying to perfect the wash n go, but my weird random straight texture in the front of my head makes my wash n go look a little janky. Honestly though, I think my descent into product whoredom has prevented me from having a consistent routine because I'm always buyin' and tryin' some new product (the first step is admitting you have a problem!). That being said, CN's recommendation of Samy's curl creme ain't nothin but the truth! That and a little coconut oil is a great combo for me. And of course, henna. In a perfect world I deep condition once every week. (In the real world, I randomly remember like once a month to do it).


CN: What's the one thing you'd tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
T: Patience grasshopper! Natural hair ain't for punks. Ignore the naysayers who've always known you as a straight haired lady, and find yourself some natural friends (online or in the real world) to cheer you through. Wear what you think looks good on you. There are so many different ways to wear natural hair, but if you can't look in the mirror and love what you see, then you're defeating the whole point. And I know this might not be a popular opinion, but you'll be less afraid if you remind yourself that the relaxer is still there should you decide natural hair isn't for you. It's OK to use that thought as a crutch for a little while No shame in it! (Even though once you go natural, you won't wanna go back. Also remember that straight hair is still an option when you're natural).

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
T: I've never really had a problem with length, so let me not even lie and say I do something special. But moisture? A sista could use some help. Still struggling with that. My hair's always moisturized immediately after styling, but getting it to stay that way through the end of the day or even (dare I dream?!) through second or third day hair? Negatory.

CN: What do you do to your hair at night to preserve your curls?
T: Sometimes a satin pillow, sometimes a bonnet, sometimes I just say eff it and pass out and figure it out in the morning.

CN: What's the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
T: With the exception of when I have a blowout, not having to worry about the rain is rather nice. Love the versatility. And even though I live in Brooklyn, where natural hair is everywhere -- Karen's Body Beautiful is five blocks away from me, Carol's Daughter is two blocks away -- wearing my hair natural is a great way (amongst others) to express my individuality.

CN: Anything else you want to add?
T: One thousand thank yous to CurlyNikki for her generosity and hard work! I've been following since the naturallycurly.com days all the way through the curlynikki.com days and she has been so helpful on the journey!


BABOH!!

Henna Color

Got follow-up questions for the lovely Traci? Hell, so do I! Head on over to the forum and chat with her there!

17 Weigh in!:
Tina said...

Awesomeness! The hair looks great! I too have the moisture issue going, but with 1/2 times a week deep condish and the purchase of a steamer and humidifier, I've been fending it off successfully!

Beads, Braids, & Beyond! said...

beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that statement "Natural Hair Aint For Punks" Somebody in Marketing put that on a t-shirt with a curly hair diva silhouette on it!!

belle said...

Oh yay! I saw miss Traci in the Twist-n-Curl Show & Tell a while back and I wanted to know more about her routine. I'm gonna have to try that BABOH! Lovely gal, lovely hair!

drjmatthews said...

I just LOOOOVVVEEEE you hair!!! I love the thickness/fullness of it. Coconut oil is the TRUTH for me too!!

Vibrant1 said...

lol @ BABOH, that style looks better then it sounds! I can tell she has the dopest personality!

MissCurly said...

Nice to see a fellow NYC curlie. Your in a great spot, I wish I lived closer to Karens Body Beautiful I love their stuff. I like that BABOH style you should do a tutorial.

Nayna said...

Beautiful! And you live near kbb, I'm about to take your advice and make a new natural friend, lol.

Candice said...

gorgeous!!

NewbieNaturalDiva said...

Beautiful hair and beautiful lady! Rock it!

Anonymous said...

it's so true about the "relaxer crutch." i'm so glad you were willing to say that. thank you. i'm 8 months into transitioning and, though, i already feel i've reached a happy point of no return, knowing that i could always go back to a relaxer was a very effective way of keeping me on track to natural. sounds strange, i know, but true. maybe CN can enlighten us on the psychology behind such reverse thinking. ;)

CoCoCosmopolitan said...

cute hair

Lish said...

She's funny!

LBell said...

Anonymous @1:30, you beat me to the punch: I would love to wear a T-shirt with that saying on it. I also loved this statement: "Sometimes ...I just say eff it and pass out and figure it out in the morning." Funny and true...seriously, the whole interview just made me smile.

Anonymous said...

Ay! Your hair is so beautiful! What technique did you use for the first picture in the series of pictures, the one where your hair is big? Love it!

Anonymous said...

BABOH...love it!!!

Nichelle said...

Your hair is AMAZING and your inner confidence shines right through! Thanks for sharing your routine. :-)

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